Archive for January 9th, 2009

Mount Tacoma

Mt_Rainier.jpg

On this day in 2003, we flew into Seattle in fantastic weather, and had this terrific view of snow-capped Mt. Rainier. Facts:

It’s a stratovolcano (composed of multiple layers of lava and other volcanic exudations) measuring over 14,400 feet—that’s “nearly three miles higher than the lowlands to the west“.
Its Euroamerican name honors a British naval officer who lead aggressive action against American colonials, and brought swathes of the East Indies under British control.
Its best-known Aboriginal name is Tacoma (alternately: Talol, Tahoma), and that name also was used through the nineteenth century.

Also, eons ago, I had similar weather-luck when flying by Denali. But no camera….