As mentioned on this website before, Vancouver and British Columbia get more rain than any other place in Canada. They are not alone in their destiny: Washington State shares the same weather patterns. With its long rainy days, it is considered the rainiest state in the US.
Wherever there is a lot of moisture, some creatures must benefit. Rain forests are perfect examples. If you walk through the British Columbia or Washington rainforests, you can’t miss the rich smell of trees covered by a thick layer of moss. This green skin on the surrounding ground, trees and plants absorbs all noise. Human voices lose their echo, so you feel like you’re in a sound studio. Even the roofs of nearby houses are blanketed by this organic green coat.
While driving in Washington State, you have probably noticed that the license plates on local cars show a mountain in the background. This is Mount Rainier, Washington State’s highest peak, reaching 4392m (14410 ft). Its name also suggests rain, but this is pure coincidence. According to Wikipedia, the current name was given by George Vancouver in honor of his friend, Rear Admiral Peter Rainier.
Mount Rainier is visible from far and wide, especially from Washington’s Interstate 5. Located in Mount Rainier National Park, it is an active volcano, as are other peaks in the Cascade Range due to their proximity to the western edge of the North American tectonic plate. One day, Mount Rainier will erupt. Hopefully not very soon, and not when you are hiking there.
Permanent residents of Mount Rainier include living creatures like black-tailed deer, black bears, mountain goats, elk, chipmunks, marmots, and squirrels—but not many people. The people usually come as visitors, to hike or ski.
When coming to Mount Rainier National Park, be prepared for snow in the winter and rain in the summer. Remember: this is the Pacific Northwest, where moss is king and he needs the moisture.