I was afraid that we would have difficulty finding a parking place at Mt. Rainier, so we tried to leave fairly early. We actually didn't get out of the house until eight or so. We got to the parking lot at Paradise (shown above) at about eleven. There were still a few spots left, but it was full when we left.
On the way to Rainier, we stopped at a Krispy Kreme in Kent (I think) and Laura bought us some doughnuts, which was nice.