The best way to get from Portland to Seattle is through Mt. Rainier National Park. We traveled the back roads to get to the park and then up over 6000 feet for a spectacular view of the (volcanic) mountain. At the park’s entrance we went on a little nature walk and enjoyed the grandeur of the trees. On the way up to view Mt. Rainier we stopped to see wonderful streams and a few wildlife surprises. There definitely was a bear in the woods near the vista and I got a good shot of a beaver cruising the road. Mt. Rainier was worth the detour.