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Adventures at Snow Lake

So this whole hiking deal has become a weekly thing.  And I love it!  I went out with Christy over the weekend to follow the trail to Snow Lake. We had a blast, got really sweaty, got really cold, laughed a lot, made a few bird friends (and one chipmunk) and nearly got lost in the fog.  Good times.

The hike was beautiful; though, I can’t really tell you what the lake looked like.  By the time we reached it, we were enveloped by clouds.  Aside from fog, there wasn’t much to see past the immediate shore.  From the top of the mountain, we did look down and catch a glimpse of the lake, and from what I could tell — spectacular.

At the end, we stopped for a picnic at the perfect spot, complete with some seriously friendly wildlife.  The birds were so sweet up there.

This was an awesome trail.  Fog or no fog, prepare for some breathtaking scenery.  And be warned, the road is rocky.  You’ll likely wish for a foot massage once you reach the end.

Have you been on any great outdoor adventures lately?

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Twin Falls Trail + 4 Reasons to Love Hiking

Christy, Steven and I took on a new adventure last Friday and decided to hike the Twin Falls Trail near North Bend, WA. Here’s the thing I love about hiking:  you accomplish several things at one time.

  • Like getting your workout in.  No need to go to the gym if you’re going for a hike.  You get all the cardio you need.  Even a little interval training.
  • You also get outside.  You get to enjoy the outdoors and be close to nature and appreciate all that is stunning and magical about this world.  Sometimes, I need a reminder.  And going on a beautiful hike.  Well, that does the trick.
  • It can be social.  You get to hang out with friends.  At this age, it seems we never get to do enough of that.  So anything that encourages you to get out with your friends, that’s a good thing.
  • And when you’re done, you feel like you’ve accomplished something.  Especially if the hike was particularly grueling.  And feeling accomplished is good for all of us.

Twin Falls was a great trail.  Not too long.  Not too short.  Plus, it was well maintained.  There’s no getting lost on this trail (a definite plus if your sense of direction dances to the beat of its own drum).  We used driving directions from my book Beyond Mount Si, and they were super easy.

This is a great hike if you’re a lover of all things water (like me). You get waterfalls and a river and little random streams.  And some great places to stop for a picnic.  The hike is 4.2 miles round-trip.  It’s challenging at times with some steep inclines, but not so bad that you’ll want to turn back.  And there’s lots of trees and shade.  If you’re looking for a hike that’ll help keep you cool on a hot day, check it out.  We saw a number of kids and dogs on this trail, too.

All-in-all, I highly recommend it!

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Exploring Nature Around Seattle

When I left my last job and told my co-workers I was moving to the Seattle area, I received a gift.  One woman had lived in Seattle for a few years.  And while she was there, she bought a stack of guide books.  Hiking books, weekend trip books, city books. You name it, she had it.  She gave me her stack of guide books and maps when she heard I would be moving.  And so I brought those books with me when I drove up here.

I hadn’t thought about them much.  Until last week, when I finished the unpacking, they were sitting in a box in some closet somewhere.  But this weekend I had the chance to get out and explore a bit.  I pulled out the books.  And I’m SO glad that I did.  My weekend was phenomenal!

One thing I imagine I will love about Seattle is that it’s surrounded by trails and hiking and just about every outdoor activity you can imagine. I’m not sure how this will fare once Summer is over, when the clouds and rain come rolling in, but for now — it’s fantastic.

On Saturday, Steven and I picked a route from the book Walking Seattle by John Owen. There are 19 walks in the book, and we’ve decided to do them all while we’re here.  We picked walk 16, Mercer Slough Nature Park in Bellevue.  It’s a two-mile nature trail that crosses paths with a blueberry farm and small market.

The walk was beautiful.  We meandered along the trail, stopping to take silly pictures, watch canoers along the slough and take in the view of downtown Bellevue from amongst the wildlife.  The trail was flat and easy to walk.  I definitely recommend it if you’re in the area.  Though I must warn you.  If you go at dusk, be sure to wear long pants, and don’t lie on the ground.  The mosquitoes will eat you otherwise!  (I know.  Where is my brain sometimes?  But seriously, peeps, I just had to get cute pictures in the grass.)

On Sunday, my friend, Christy, and I decided it was time for some adventure.  We planned a hike to Rattlesnake Mountain. A friend of Christy’s suggested the trail.  And I’m thrilled we took that suggestion.  Because the hike was beautiful.  And the view from top?  Stunning.  We loved it.

To get to the trail, we followed the directions from one of my guide books, Beyond Mount Si by John Zilly. The directions were great.  Pretty short.  Pretty clear.  We did pass the parking lot by a short distance, but we quickly realized our mistake and turned around.  The parking lot was large.  We arrived just before noon, and there were plenty of spaces (though, when we left around 3pm, the lot was overflowing).  This hike is a must-do!

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