The pictures say it well. The wildflowers in the meadows of Rainier were breathtaking, and according to a fellow hiker, just three weeks ago, this level was covered with enough snow that he thought you could ski in it; he had a picture to back up his claim and I was amazed at the rapid growth and blooming of the myriad of flowers all around since then. Somehow I had never been to Paradise and we will certainly return in the future and eventually do more of the strenuous hikes up to the snow level. I am always disappointed with my pictures of mountains, since no matter how good they are, photographs never seem to capture the majesty and grandeur of the stark monster in the sky. Likely a problem with the photographer more than anything else. It's amazing how close we live to such beautiful and incredible natural displays of God's creative imagination and the wildness brings me closer to understanding His heart and His ways.