A day in the snow
I took a friend up to the mountains at Snoqualmie Pass last week – just for the day. It was glorious. Lots of fresh, clean snow, azure sky.
The Pass is only about 1.3 hrs away, and there are 4 downhill ski areas, snowshoe and cross-country trails, restaurants, lodges, gas station, 2 little markets, a delightful gift shop, and ranger-led snowshoe tours on the weekend. There’s a bigger, higher ski area called Crystal Mountain on the east shoulder of Mt Rainier, but it takes another hour to drive there. A little farther still, Seattleites can also ski at Stevens Pass, Mt Baker, Mission Ridge, and White Pass – and there’s even a little rope tow at Hurricane Ridge on the Olympic Peninsula. I love Seattle! It’s so close to so many different kinds of recreation.
Coming home to the hot tub at Soundview on a clear night is the best! I keep the hot tub ready for guests all year, and sometimes if the cottage is vacant I use it myself.
The full moon was shining on the Sound that night, with little wispy white clouds glowing all around it.