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When hiking on or near Mt. Rainier it’s easy to get captivated by the magnificent vistas.
But, with a watchful eye there are fascinating critters to spot and pretty butterflies to spy.
Sitting on the top of Second Burroughs Mountain, I had an unobstructed view of the summit of Mt. Rainier.
To my delight, a small family of hoary marmots came out on the rocks within a few feet of me. The two young ones were intent on playing and sunning themselves. Mom, was focused on gathering food.
A couple of moments later a golden-mantled ground squirrel came near my pant legs and began energetically scratching itself. Soon it was back to begging again.
Icing on the cake.