The lower part of the Grotto has a bookstore, a chapel and a visitors center. That's also where the cave is with a big outdoor seating area. The if you want to go to the upper gardens, you buy a ticket and ride up this elevator.
You step off the elevator and can hardly believe you are in the middle of city. There are tall trees and beautiful paths.
Almost immediately upon entering the garden, a grounds keeper called us over to see this beautiful butterfly that was just resting on the ground.
The sun was shining brightly and I decided to practice my photography in bright sun. I love how these next two photos turned out.
The meditation chapel in the upper gardens....gorgeous view of the city and Mt. St. Helens.
Back on the lower level you can walk a path of the Stations of the Cross. It was beautiful, set in the mossy, forested environment.