Today we picked up our snowshoes and headed out to the mountains. We wanted to get outside and feel the fresh air. After a hearty egg breakfast, and a delicious Peet's latte, we hopped in the car and started towards Snoqualmie Pass.
Joining us was our friend, Aaron. He is our outdoorsy friend, and got us into snowshoeing in the first place. It's always nice to have an outdoorsy friend when you head into nature...makes you feel a little safer knowing that someone among you knows something about survival in the wilderness.
Yes, I do think of these things. I mean there are avalanches, and all sorts of wild beasts out there - like bears, oh my! Plus, I have a vivid imagination, and tend to recall movies like The Edge (side note: Dang! That movie was in 1997....I saw it in the theater; boy I'm getting old).
We decided upon Lower Gold Creek, mainly because we didn't feel like driving far and we were pooped by the week. Work has been dang stress lately and I wasn't about to wake up at the butt-crack of dawn to go outside. I need my beauty sleep.
The trail was nice and gentle. Basically, it felt like a road that had been snowed on. There were a number of other folks out as well. Some with kids & sleds (although we weren't sure where they were going to actually sled), some with dogs, and some cross country skiing. The trail is just a gradual up-up-up, which doesn't seem too bad, but as you walk down, you find yourself saying, "oh, I really was going up, and my heavy breathing wasn't for nothing. nice."
Overall, it was a nice day outside. The trail was a good way to get "back in in the game" for us and snowshoeing this season. And I would recommend this trail, as an easy getaway. And it was nice to get back home in time for a late lunch.
Next time, and it won't be too far off, we will be taking on a more scenic and adventurous hike. Stay tuned. Or, check out some of our other awesome snow days in the Olympics at Hurricane Ridge, or Mount Rainer.