Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Hiking

Snow & Gem Lake

Saturday was our monthly “anniversary” – yes, we celebrate the 25th of every month because we started dating on March 25, 2001 – we remember this date every single month, yet we both managed to forget our wedding anniversary this year. Yup. Anyway, it was our 7 year and 7 month anniversary, so we headed out on a hike (huzzah, finally!) to celebrate. We needed something close and easy (after weeks and weeks of utter laziness), so we decided to go to Snow Lake and Gem Lake.

Huzzah! My boys in fall colors

Snow Lake is probably the most popular hike in the Snoqualmie Pass area, so after hearing stories about the huge crowds, we didn’t want to do this one during the summer. I didn’t actually want to do it at all, but then it hit me that it must be this popular for a reason. It is. You get incredible views (and probably a good swim in the summer) for minimal effort – 11 miles and 2500 feet of elevation gain round trip to Gem Lake.

Snow Lake

Most people stop at Snow, so we hiked on to Gem Lake and had lunch there all by ourselves. Perfection!

Gem Lake

Bobby was happy to be out in the mountains again:

Gingerbread Man vs Puma

We brought a special anniversary treat with us! Kvikk Lunsj is the official (well, not really, but kind of) Norwegian hiking chocolate bar – we’ve kept this one in our fridge since we came back from Norway, waiting for a hike where it wouldn’t melt. I have shown impressive self-restraint knowing it was in our fridge all this time and not eating it, seriously. It’s so good. Anyway, we finally got to devour this bad boy yesterday, and man alive was it heavenly. Whenever I eat this chocolate, I get all these little flashbacks from ski trips when I was little. Sitting in the Easter sun eating Kvikk Lunsj and oranges….mmm. I think I’ll have to look for some old photos of these trips and some new ones and make a Kvikk Lunsj scrapbook page.

These are a few of my favorite things...

I love living here (even though Kvikk Lunsj are scarce) :D

By the way, the albums I showed in the last post (and the divided page protectors) are from We R Memory Keepers.

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  • Reply salassara October 27, 2008 at 1:28 am

    Whowwww…. great pictures! I’m a little bit jealous. I would like to live there too.

    Greetings from Germany

  • Reply Catrine October 27, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Så utrolig flotte bilder du tar!
    Og så koselig å feire dagen hver måned! :D

  • Reply Jen Davis October 28, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Wow! What stunning photos…we would love to visit there someday, it looks like such a magical place. Thanks for sharing it with us! Happy “Anniversary” to you too! You look like a delightful pair!

  • Reply Tracy October 30, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Beautiful photos!!! I love that you celebrate your monthly anniversary!!!

  • Reply Eli Kristin November 2, 2008 at 2:21 am

    Hei der! Jeg blir så imponert over de fantastiske turene og bildene du deler i bloggen din. Helt utrolig vakkert – skulle gjerne tatt noen turer der borte jeg også (bodde i CA ett år og besøkte noen stater rundt omkring som minner meg veldig om bildene dine).

    Fantastiske bilder og LO’s lager du også – bryllupsalbumet er berre lekkert! ;)
    God bedring og ha en fantastisk herlig søndag (med Kvikk Lunsj) hi-hi!

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