Blessed are the trailbreakers

After a looooong period of soggy, depressing weather, the fine weathermen of Seattle finally promised us a Saturday of sunshine.

As we were making our way up US2 under blue skies, I expressed my concern that my laziness and general ineptitude was keeping us from bagging some majestic peak on such a beautiful day, but Tom assured me that “If I wanted epic I would have gone by myself and left two hours ago.” Shut up, Tom.


Turns out our destination wasn’t too shabby after all, but then again anything would have looked fantastic in that glorious sunshine.

Auspicious beginnings Smithbrook ain't so bad

When we visited Lake Valhalla back in August, we could drive up the Smithbrook Road to the trailhead, but this time it had to be hiked. I didn’t mind, because I’ve started enjoying road walks. A road can only be so steep, so it’s one of the few places a hiker of my heft can really get into the zone.

Ooh, aah!

Soon enough, we reached the actual trailhead and started angling upwards. At one point I somehow ended up at the front of the pack. The only upside to always being the slowest hiker in the group is that I am never relegated to trailbreaking duty. This time I lasted all of ten feet before going into cardiac arrest and sending the menfolk up to the front where they belong.

Trail breaker

Josie and I moseyed on behind them, swooning over Justin Bieber and having pillow fights. Or whatever girls are supposed to do these days.

Yeah, it's a good day

By now the sunshine was really breaking through, and we were all getting high on Vitamin D. I don’t think I’ve laughed that much on a hike before. It wasn’t all malicious laughter, either.

The Stouts and the views Someone looks happy

We made it to the Valhalla overlook below Lichtenberg Mountain and spent a heavenly lunch break eating (mmm, grilled portobello sandwiches), playing in the snow, falling over and just basking in the sun.

He likes me!!!!

Thanks to my homiez for yet another wonderful day in the mountains. It wouldn’t be the same without you.

The ladeez Lichtenberg Til Valhall!

Lake Valhalla | 9 miles | 1900 feet elevation gain –


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  • Reply Sonia A. Mascaro February 16, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Wow! Fantastic adventure! Gorgeous photos too.

  • Reply Libby February 16, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Hi Ingunn,

    Looks like an awesome day out. I’m sure even I could be inspired to go for a hike for views like that :-). Are you still doing scrapbooking – haven’t seen anything from you in a while?

  • Reply Ingunn February 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Libby, I keep meaning to…but it just never happens. I still come up with sketches and ideas and stuff, so I guess part of me still really wants to do it, but for now at least I’m documenting some of our trips in the blog… :^)

  • Reply Patty O'Malley March 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Stunning photos!

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