Backpacking, Hiking, North Cascades

Yellow Aster Butte-iful

Alrightyroo, before I say anything else, I (ok, we – thank you nerdy husband!) just changed the design on the blog, so if anything looks weird, please let me know. I wanted something simple and uncluttered for the new season.

Speaking of the new season, last weekend we drove up to the Mount Baker Wilderness to see some autumn colors before the actual autumn weather set in. We chose Yellow Aster Butte, an easy and very scenic hike up to a gorgeous string of tarns. It’s very popular, but has enough campsites so it doesn’t feel crowded.

Fiery fall American Border Peak

Even though the weather looked summery, it’s definitely starting to get colder out there. I bundled up in all sorts of clothes once we made it to camp, brrr.

We were planning to hike up some little knobs and peaks once we got there, but I’ve been feeling so lethargic lately (methinks it’s more mental than physical) that we settled for a nap and an afternoon walk instead.

Shuksan in the sunset

We had dinner while watching a beautiful sunset, but when sunrise came, we weren’t motivated to do anything more than open up the tent flap and watch it from the comfort of our sleeping bags (henceforth to be known as our snooze-pods).

Aaw, Shuks... Butte-iful reflection Alpine evening

I’m assuming this will be the dogs’ last backpacking trip until next summer; their combination of minimal fur and even less body fat is not a good one for Pacific Family portrait Northwest winters. They may not enjoy the alpine views as much as we do, but between all the walking, sniffing, peeing and chewing on sticks, I think they’re almost as excited about hiking as we are.

Luckily we ran into some people we know from (I know, we’re geeks) so they could take this cute photo of our whole little family together – we’ll have to get better at asking random strangers to take photos of us in the future, we don’t have enough family portraits!

Anyway, I am so glad we went; I’ve been so tired lately that I was *this* close to staying home and sleeping instead. Note to self: tent trumps bed, every time.

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  • Reply pen* October 2, 2009 at 11:24 am

    wow ~ these pictures are awesome!
    and that family picture is so cute.
    i came across your blog via the message board on ali e’s new class,
    and i look forward to getting to know you over the coming weeks! :)

  • Reply Melissa L. October 3, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    I found your blog address on the blog roll thread in the Y&T classroom. Wow, such amazing photos! I’m in awe, really. Of the scenery and your capturing it. So lovely. Makes me want to be there. I envy you the hiking adventures. I love walking on forest trails. I am hoping to live somewhere in the Pacific Northwest someday. Meanwhile, I’m thinking about discovering more of the hiking trails Michigan has to offer.

    Melissa L

  • Reply misskate October 4, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Hi Ingunn,
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  • Reply misskate October 4, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Ingunn,

    Kate here again. I just wanted to say I loved the India layouts. You really captured the magic.

    Ok, signing off now. Have a great day.

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