Simply visiting Mt. Rainier National Park does not entitle one to a view of the mountain. A viewing is granted at the whim of nature. We were not permitted the pleasure on this particular trip. Our entire sphere of experience was limited to only a few feet in any direction, thus we were spared the immense grandeur of the place. Misty gray skies lend a new vitality to the colors of alpine wildflowers, however. Since we were not tempted to look up at the glacier clad peak we concentrated on the sparkling gems at our feet. Disappointed? No. We'll go back and request an audience with the mountain another time. Click HERE to request your own audience with the mountain.