The cie caverns of the Paradise Glacier may now be explored for several hundred feet. This is a novel experience for those who have never before walked beneath the surface of a glacier, while an icy river roared madly by, at their feet. Last year these caves were entered for the first time in about fifteen years. There are two wells or openings in the glacier's roof. These admit light and thus assist in creating the marvelous blue and pink tints that one sees when looking up through the ice arch. Inasmuch as the roof is dangerously liable to break at any time, visitors who enter the caves or who walk out on the snow that covers the lower part of the glacier should preferably be accompanied by a guide.
A recent visitor to the Park Naturalist's office at Paradise glanced at the aquarium and then with a horrified gasp, hastily backed out of the room. Prsently, she gained courage to re-enter, and when questioned, explained, " I thought I had seen a snake in there. " The "snake" was merely one of several small salamanders that now fraternize with a leopard frog in the glass tank. These salamanders, found in near-by pools, are not poisonous as many people fear. As for bona fide snakes, only one variety is found in the park, so far as known, and that is the harmless garter snake. The reptile life in Mount Rainier National Park offers a field for investigation not yet throughly exploited; yet it is one that should bring to light much of interest.
Does with fawns are reported to be more abundant than usual in the meadows and park-lands at altitudes of from four to six thousand feet.
Several parties returning from Indian Henry's and Van Trump Parks have reported seeing deer near the trail in those parks. Does with two fauns are quite common and one doe with three has been seen on Tahoma Creek by several people.
At this season the deer seek the higher elevations where the herbage is more tender.
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