We left Mt Rainier National Park and spent a night in Couer d'Alene, Idaho, on our way. The lake and river seem nice enough but we were just passing through. And the RV park was a bunch of close packed rigs, only good if you want to enjoy the river that was right there.
We arrived at the west side of Glacier National Park, and went to the visitor center. We inquired about shorter hikes and got lots of great information from the ranger to keep us occupied for the next 4 days. We had time to go to Avalance Lake area and walk the Trail of the Cedars, a level path through, well, a cedar forest (with a few other trees, of course). We stopped by Lake McDonald Lodge and agreed that if we weren't in our trailer and wanted to stay in a lodge, this would be it. Lake McDonald is a very large ice carved lake, like several others in the park.
We are in Mount Rainier National Park with two of my sisters and a cousin and their families. For the last 3 days, we have been seeing the park around Paradise. What an appropriate name! We have also enjoyed seeing one sister's new property, 8 acres adjoining the National Park with two cabins up the hillside. It's a lovely place and I am sure they will enjoy it for many years.
Mount Rainier is a magnificent large mountain peak, about 14,400 feet high. This is the largest mointain in the lower 48 states in volume although 4 others have higher elevation. But it is one big mountain, and not "just" a part of a larger mountain chain.
Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.