Mt. Rainier, WA. – As the chill of winter’s weather melts away, it’s the perfect time to start planning summer travel.  This summer Mt. Rainier is blooming with activities for both the adventurous, and the adventurous at heart.  Check out these ideas:
Do Good, Feel Good
Want to put some feel-good into the family’s summer plans?  Every year Mt. Rainier welcomes the help of hundreds of volunteers.  Whether it’s restoring alpine trails, leading group hikes, becoming a campground host, or simply dedicating one-day of service, there are dozens of ways folks can assist the park.  For more information:  http://rainiervolunteers.blogspot.com/2011/06/mount-rainier-national-park-volunteer.html
You Kids Get Outside!
Mt. Rainier National Park’s Junior Ranger Program is a fun way for school-aged kids to learn more about nature!  These one-hour, ranger-guided expeditions teach kids about the mountain, glaciers, habitats, and more.  The programs start at various times and locations around the park.  Each participant is awarded a Junior Ranger patch upon completion.  For more information:  http://www.nps.gov/mora/forkids/index.htm
Take Romance to a Higher Level
Sweep your sweetie away in a cherry red carriage for fine dining and a fabulous sunset view of Mt. Rainier, at Crystal Mountain.  The Summit House restaurant is just a 10-minute ride on Crystal Mountain’s new Mt. Rainier Gondola.  Sunset dinners are Friday and Saturday nights, and a Sunday brunch runs July 1 – October 1.  Ingredients are local or organic, and pair perfectly with a fabulous variety of Northwest wines.  The Summit House is also open daily for lunches; a perfect way to recharge while hiking or biking the mountain’s many pet-friendly trails.  Crystal Mountain is now a year-round resort! For more information:  www.skicrystal.com.

Serve Breakfast to Bison
Hop in the back of a truck and join the dedicated keepers at Northwest Trek in Eatonville for their Free-Roaming Area Keeper tour.  Visitors get up close with buffalo, moose, elk, deer and other animals, as keepers do their daily feeding.  Continental breakfast for humans at the end!  For more information:   www.nwtrek.com
For information on upcoming summer events or visiting Mt. Rainier, go to visitrainier.com.
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