On the Trail >> The Great Northern

On Saturday Andy and I took our first hike here in Washington. Well, our first hike together. He actually already spent a week out climbing and hiking Mt. Baker, but it was my first time to strap on the old hiking boots. When we woke up on Saturday morning, it was cool and cloudy, which made me very happy. I'm sure I will eat my words on this, but I cannot wait for it to be all cold and rainy out.

I grabbed a chai latte and we headed for Snow Lake, which is only about about an hour from Seattle and is one of the most popular trails around. Even on this cool, foggy day the trail was packed with hikers. I prefer empty trails, but we managed to keep our distance most of the time and it wasn't so bad. Even though we couldn't see the mountains or views from anywhere, the misty trees were so pretty, and everything had this ethereal, dreamy look to it.
We made it all the way to the lake, which you couldn't even see until you were practically on it; it blended right into the sky and mist. After a few minutes sitting by the shore and eating some dried fruit, we were cold already from not moving so we headed back.
Of course, by the time we got back to the car we were STARVING, so we stopped off in Snowqualmie for some fortification. You know what else is in Snowqualmie? The Great Northern Lodge. If there are any Twin Peaks fans out there (and if you've never watched it, GO right now to Netflix and stream it!), you'll recognize the lodge and the falls.

We're huge Twin Peaks fans, so this was a very exciting stop for us! Then it was on to the Snowqualmie Falls Brewery for beers and snacks...because that's how all good hikes end. All in all, it was a great way to say hello to Autumn, and to get a little more acquainted with our new home. It's amazing how close the outdoors is to us here. It has me dreaming about little cabins tucked away in the mountains, with smoke puffing out of the chimney. Ahhhhhh...

shanti >> sondra



  1. beautiful pictures! sounds like a great time.

  2. Chestnut Mocha9/30/12, 12:44 AM

    beautiful-beautiful photos and hike! i miss hikes and can't wait to have some more soon!


  3. Your photographs are BEAUTIFUL!!
    I finally just moved up into the mountains a few months ago and I just love it. I am still working on finding some good walking trails though.

    Amy @amylouski.blogspot.com