The first time I saw Mount Rainier was from the airplane. It towers above the Cascade Range and is a stratovolcano - you can click here to see what that means. According to Wikipedia it is 14,411 feet and is the highest mountain in Washington and the Cascade Range. You can find out more here.
I loved driving around with snow all over the mountains. The temperature was in the low 80's. These were taken at the end of August in Mount Rainer National Park, which is located 54 miles southeast of Seattle.
In 1792 Captain George Vancouver of the British Navy became the first European to sail into the Puget Sound. On the horizon he noted a large, snowy mountain, known to local Native Americans as Tahoma, Takhoma or Takobet. Vancouver named it for his colleague, Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.