Nature Notes

Vol. V August 15th, 1927 Summer Season No. 7


Six miles of trail from the Pony Bridge on the White River Road takes one to Summerland. Of all the gorgeous places that Rainier National Park offers to the mountaineer and the nature lover, none surpass this beauty spot. The trail is not a difficult one as mountain trails go and every foot of it is a reward for the travellers effort. Summerland itself once attained makes the visitor gasp. Wild flowers in greatest profusion and gorgeous colors, (The Naturalist obtained specimens of over 50 varieties of flowers for the White River Nature Exhibit), wonderful views of Little Tahoma, Frying Pan Glacier and of the mountain itself and lustly the ruggedly beautiful mountains to the south with the winding, switchbacks of the trail beckoning you on to Panhandle Gap and Indian Bar.

By C. W. Hickok, Ranger-Naturalist.


Some time recently no doubt you have received a little pink envelope bearing a card something like this, "Mr. and Mrs. Somebody announce the arrival of a son". The "Son" is capitalized, the name and date is given, and in a conspicuous place the announcement is made that he weighed so many pounds. You can just see pride swelling up all over that card.

If Mr. and Mrs. Elephant should send you such a card you would note the weight of the husky heir-apparent to be around two hundred pounds instead of eight or nine, and if a card arrived from Mr. and Mrs. Dusky Shrew the figure would be nearer one-quarter ounce.

These are the extremes among mammals, or higher animals, and if Mrs. Dusky Shrew is not just as proud of her offspring, the size of a medium-sized bean, as Mrs. Elephant is of hers, which is nearer the size of a bale of hay, it is only because Mrs. Shrew is not as intelligent as her larger relative.

By F. W. Schmoe, Park Naturalist.

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