Thursday, March 16, 2017

First Hike in March - Snow Bowl Hut

On March 4th, I made the return trip back to Ashford, WA to hike Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut. Unfortunately for me, my left hip/groin area started to ache on the way up making it a slow go for me. I pushed on and was rewarded with such a beautiful view at the top.
Me in the chain gang pulling up the rear.

Me starting to fall back from my hip pain.

Such an incredibly beautful day. Thank you Jesus!
The snow was so fluffy all I wanted to do was fall in it.

Once you make it to the prayer flags you have hiked most of the elevation gain. Such a pretty site.

There's Snow Bowl Hut in the distance. Almost there!

Dave hauled a sled up and let us sled down too. If I didn't have my pack on or his gear in the sled I would have had a much easier time staying upright, ha! Fell over twice, but had so much fun. I love sledding!

Let's Go High - Off to High Hut

I didn't hike as much as I'd liked in February because after driving into a snow ditch for the attempt to hike Copper Creek Hut I got really sick. My body was just spent and being horizontal was the only place I could go. Thankfully, it passed 2 weeks later and I had enough energy to hike High Hut on February 25. Hiking to the huts are fun because 1. when you reach your destination you get to go inside and eat lunch in a warm building and 2. there are toilets. So not the case on most hikes!
My goal was to hike all 4 huts and so far I am 2 out of 4. There's Copper Creek Hut, High Hut, Snow Bowl Hut and the Yurt which are all part of the Mt. Tahoma Trails Association.

If you get a chance on a clear sunny winter day check out the huts. It's definitely a rewarding hike!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

3 months in Photos

Hello all!
I kinda let the blog fall by the way side, but I have been uploading photos to Instagram. Love Instagram!
So here are some photos from the past 3 months.

Selfie Taken on Thanksgiving Day.

 Thanksgiving with the family. That's me and my sister, the queen of Connect Four.

Day after Thanksgiving I opted to go into the backcountry and hike to Summit Lake. You wouldn't believe how silent it was out here. No black Friday commotion.

December 2016 Christmas gathering with my Chicas - Victoria, Wendy, Adora and me.

I took a week of vacation after Christmas and had a blast with Linda's family sledding at Hyak Sno Park. Thank you Dina for the photo. That's me, Donnie, Tony and Autumn. Tony celebrated his birthday that day too!

 Last hike of 2016 to Snoquera Falls. 12/31/16

I had so much fun at Hyak Sno Park I wanted to trying Tubing -Summit at Snoqualmie.

 They provide the tube and plentiful groomed lanes.
Couldn't have asked for a better sunny day tubing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Typical Tuesday Morning

ok, not! That's me holding a Seahawk Super Bowl ring! It's so heavy :) Thank you to Doug Orwiler for speaking at our United Way Fundraiser Event and sharing the love!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

And So Begins Five

This little one turned a whopping five on Sunday.

He is the sweetest little thing. I mean he will literally say the sweetest things that will melt your heart which aren't coached, but so heart felt.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Some Favorites

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Three Years Old

I can't believe 3 years ago minus ten days I was with Linda at Good Samaritan Hospital waiting for this little one to arrive.
She is the spitting image of Linda minus the blue eyes.
She can be so fearless and such a daddy's girl too.
She still is allergic to peanuts, eggs, wheat, soy peas and sweet potatoes.
She fights like crazy with Seth and at the same time copies everything Seth does.
She is very independent.
She is loved by so many!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm

I have been itching to hike in the North Cascades this summer, but was deterred by a thunder storm in July. Thankfully, it was rescheduled and am happy to report I hiked to the Sahale Arm last Sunday.
Cascade Pass/Sahale Arm - 12 miles roundtrip / 4000 ft. elevation gain.
From Marblemount, we drove 23 miles on alternating paved and dirt road taking us about 40 minutes to get to the trail head. For a first timer, the view from the parking lot feels intimidating.

We arrived at the trail head at 7:20 and hit the trail by 7:40am.

The trail starts out with a gradual incline with numerous switchbacks. We counted 35.

After the switchbacks, it's a nice sideways hike to Cascade Pass.

 There are two signs at Cascade Pass. 1. Stehekin and 2. Toilet
We didn't use it, but can imagine the view must be great!

After Cascade Pass, the next 35 minutes were the steepest to the Sahale Arm.

 But worth it!

Here's Doubtful Lake. We didn't venture down, but continued up to the Sahale Arm.

Pictured above is the Sahale Glacier. We found a spot on the Arm out of the way of the wind and ate our snacks and smiled at the views.

Highly recommend this hike!