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Adapted from Wikipedia: Mount Baker in the state of Washington in the USA, immediately south of British Columbia, Canada, was well-known to the early peoples of the Pacific Northwest. Indigenous names for the mountain include Koma Kulshan or Kulshan (Lummi, qwmə, "white sentinel", i.e. "mountain", and kwəlsh:n, "puncture wound", i.e. "crater". Mount Rainier, called "Tacoma", effectively means "larger than Koma (Kulshan)".

The British explorer George Vancouver's mission was to survey the northwest coast of the Americas. Vancouver and his crew reached the Pacific Northwest coast in 1792. While anchored in Dungeness Bay on the south shore of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, third lieutenant Joseph Baker made an observation of Mount Baker, which Vancouver recorded in his journal:

About this time a very high conspicuous craggy mountain ... presented itself, towering above the clouds: as low down as they allowed it to be visible it was covered with snow; and south of it, was a long ridge of very rugged snowy mountains, much less elevated, which seemed to stretch to a considerable distance ... the high distant land formed, as already observed, like detached islands, amongst which the lofty mountain, discovered in the afternoon by the third lieutenant, and in compliment to him called by me Mount Baker, rose a very conspicuous object ... apparently at a very remote distance.

On clear days, us Vancouverites relish the site of Baker, majestically standing at 3,300 meters, and covered with snow even in summer. It is part of an active volcanic chain and Baker has had minor eruptions in the last 100 years. Its sister, Mount St. Helens, had a major and disastrous eruption several years ago. Another sister is the famous Seattle landmark - Mount Rainier.

This picture was taken looking east from a 40 foot sailing boat that we were taking from Vancouver to Vancouver Island. I liked the appearance of the small, fragile boat against the almost floating appearance of the giant mountain.

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