The nice things about the DC route are that we don't have to carry much equipment (read: light packs!), there are lots of people to see and talk with on the mountain - our guides, other guides, rangers, enthusiastic independent climbers - and with a little work the route is short and sweet. Throw in some in-shape, prepared and interesting climbers, and climbing Mt Rainier is fun again!
The weather is beautiful in Seattle, even hot, and it's peach and cherry season. Cotton dresses and amazing fruit - what more can a gal ask for??