Park’s history comes alive along trail

Staff reportAugust 5, 2012 

Visitors to Mount Rainier National Park can learn about some of the people who explored, settled, climbed and protected the land during the Shadows of the Past program Aug. 18.

Park rangers and volunteers will lead visitors along the Trail of the Shadows at Longmire where actors are stationed. The actors portray people such as John Muir, P.B. Van Trump and Fay Fuller.

Attendees should meet in front of the National Park Inn at Longmire. The lantern tours depart every 20 minutes between 8:30-9:30 p.m. and last about 90 minutes.

The program will be held rain or shine. Visitors should bring a warm jacket, insect repellent, a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes.

The program is free but visitors must pay the park entrance fee.


The next Mount Rainier National Park Associates trails work party will be Saturday. The group will be working in the Longmire/Paradise area.

Volunteers should plan to meet at the upper end of the Longmire parking lot, near the museum, at 8:30 a.m. and be ready to move out at 9 a.m.

Participants should bring work gloves, a hard hat if you have one, safety glasses, full rain gear, a lunch and plenty of fluids to drink.

After the work party, volunteers are invited to assemble in the Longmire VIP campground to relax, followed by a potluck dinner. The group will do a short hike on Aug. 12.

Overnight camping is available Friday and Saturday nights at the Longmire campground. Camping is free for MRNPA volunteers.

If you plan to attend the work party, send an email to the association’s volunteer coordinator John Titland at Indicate how many people will be attending and if you will be camping.


Flute Quest, to be held at Saltwater State Park in Des Moines, celebrates the American Indian flute and world instruments.

The music festival runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17-19 at the park, 25205 Eighth Place S., Des Moines.

The event is the largest American Indian flute festival in the Northwest and features internationally known flutists and accomplished local musicians, said a State Parks news release. The festival features workshops for beginners and accomplished musicians, flute and drum circles, flute and drum vendors and live music.

World-renowned instructors lead workshops for accomplished musicians (fees vary depending on program). Beginner workshops are free.

Seating for all workshops is limited and participants can register in advance online. You can register and get more information at

Saltwater State Park is a camping park featuring 1,445 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound, halfway between Tacoma and Seattle.

The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the event.

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