Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Hiking

‘Tis the season

One of the things I really miss about Norway was that you were pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas (at least where we lived). Here? Not so much. Sometimes a really good storm will hit and Redmond will get a light dusting, but it usually disappears in a day or so.

Luckily we don’t have to drive far to seek out the white stuff, so on Sunday JK, Carlos, Bobby and I headed to Melakwa Lake for a quick hike (I love that I can call 9 miles and 2300 feet of elevation gain a “quick hike” now; a year ago it would have killed me!):

Melakwa Lake

We had a perfect day except for the icy, relentless wind by the lake. When we stopped to eat lunch, it was too much for little fat- and furless Bobby to take, so JK stuffed him inside his jacket and opened one of the ventilation zippers on the side so Bobs could stick his head out for air (and snacks). Marsupial madness!

Wide-angled

Loved the snow on the trees (even though they kept aiming for our necks with their cold, soggy snow bombs:

Walking in a winter wonderland

Bobs made a new friend:

You come here often?

Walking in a winter wonderland:

Forest flare

It was great to get out there, the snow conditions were perfect – fresh and shallow enough to not need snowshoes or have to worry about avalanches yet.

Looking down the valley

Unfortunately it’s also the season for Kleenex, and I have come down with a lovely sinus infection. I haven’t had one since I was a kid, so I forgot how much it hurts – and I’m being exceptionally whiny and annoying about it. I just want to pull out all my teeth and pop holes in my ears and rip out my eyeballs to relieve some of the pressure. Gaaah!

All hope of joining our friends for Thanksgiving is now lost, so we’ll try to make the best of the situation and have a cozy meal at home.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Gro aka emrille November 27, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Så nydelige bilder!
    Her er det ikke mye snø, ingenting faktisk, og det er bare mørkt og guffent. Jeg vil ha snø!!!

    Håper du blir bedre snart!
    Bihulebetennelse er bare sååå vondt – føler med deg!

  • Reply Tracy November 28, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Lovely hike photos! (Love marsupial Bobs) Sorry you had to get a sinus infection… I get one everytime I go to Colorado this time of year – so I just got over one, and will be back there every 4-6 weeks from now on – so I am looking forward to more of the same – ugh! :)

  • Reply RYErnest November 30, 2008 at 2:37 am

    Nice post u have here :D Added to my RSS reader

  • Reply kellyangelo November 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Aww, love the pic of Bobby in the jacket, and hanging out with a snow man! Too cute!

  • Reply Dana December 1, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Great Shots! The one with the sun twinkling through the trees – all I can say is AWESOME.

  • Reply jahr December 1, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    hello – we met at the CKC Seattle where I was a TA for Stacy Julien. I had to say I love your work (always), and I just spent the WHOLE Thanksgiving break in bed with a yucky sinus infection too. I am awful at being sick (obnoxious, nasty, whiny etc, etc, etc,….) so you have understanding and sympathy from me.

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