Skiing, The pups

Snowpocalypse 2012

This walk sucks, mama!!Every couple of years or so, our usually temperate home of Western Washington is hit with a doozy* of a snowstorm, and the world stops turning. This time it was a charming snow/ice/wind event that started last Saturday and has now morphed into Slushmageddon. We’re extremely lucky that a) JK can work from home, b) we can walk to the grocery store, c) we didn’t lose power and d) our house wasn’t obliterated by ice-laden trees. So for us, this week was pure heaven. Even Wellie, our furless, fatless friend, had fun exploring his favorite parks and trails in a totally new way.

Schnow schnow!! Schnow schnow!!

I love not having to drive to the mountains for a wildernessish experience. What’s the point of fighting traffic on slick roads when good old Nike Park has transformed into a winter wonderland?

Nike Park in white

Ironically our Wednesday evening ski class was cancelled due to the snow, so we satisfied our adrenaline cravings by sledding in Meadow Park with Carlos and Deborah and our respective offspring.

Sledding with Nathan

Wellie training for the Iditarod

The highlight of the week was our Cross-Country Ski Tour de Redmonde. We’ve skied in our little town before, but that was before we knew about the wonderful Powerline Trail about a mile from our house. I’ve been wanting to ski that sucker for YEARS, and it did not disappoint. I only fell once!

I've been waiting for this for YEARS

All in all we’ve covered about 30 miles of walking and skiing so far this week, which I’m hoping will make up for the elevated levels of baking brought on by the snow. Damn you, snickerdoodles!!

Maybe Wellie will be able to find his ball before the next Snowpocalypse hits.

Mama, I can't find mah ball!

*a doozy for a region that owns something like five snowplows total.

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  • Reply Allison January 21, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    That first dog photo is super rad!

  • Reply Laura @ First Class Great Outdoors January 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Oh my gosh! How cute it Wellie! I love his argyle sweater. Jason is anti-dog clothing, although Thea does have a nice coat. Her hair is shorter and she’s quite a bit thinner than our lab Bailey, so she kind of needs it. And I agree about that first picture of him – Very cool!

    Glad to hear you made the most of the snow storm. We finally have snow here, so I’m hoping to give the new snowshoes a try soon.

  • Reply Ewa January 22, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I can’t wait to get to the snow (a bit over a week from now!).
    I loved your pictures, as usual, and Wellie is just adorable.

  • Reply Libby January 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Looks so wonderful. Glad you had fun, and Wellie too. Absolutely love that first photo of him.

  • Reply Mark Griffith February 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Looks wonderful, glad your didn’t lose power, some friends lost there for 7 days. Looking forward to seeing the snow this weekend.

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