Mt. Rainier is like a beacon of sorts.  When we see it, we know we’re home.  As you drive closer, the immensity of “her majesty” and the surrounding forest are awe inspiring.  We met our Conservation Corps crew, that we funded for a summer of trail work.  They were awe inspiring as well.  Some veterans, some homeless, some future park employees.  All dedicated to a summer stint of weeks in a tent and hard labor in exchange for a little money, sore muscles, newfound skills and many memories of the park.