Hiking, The pups

Snow pups and sun naps

We don’t usually bring Wellie snowshoeing since he is basically devoid of both fur and insulating body fat, but once in a while it’s warm enough or, in this case, short enough that we feel it’s safe for him to come along. The good thing about having a 17-lb dog is that if he gets cold or injured, we know we can carry him out in one of our packs.

Dems be a big stump, papa!

Turns out there was no reason to worry about bringing him to Heather Lake – the first mile or so was dry bare, and once we hit the snow, there was such a hard-packed trench that we didn’t even need snowshoes. However, once we stepped off-trail to find a good lunch spot, we would immediately sink crotch-deep. Looks like it’s going to be another slow melt in the Cascades this summer, so you can look forward to lots of whining on this blog come June. Yay!

Friends or foes? Well hello there little buddy

Wellie wasn’t the only vertically challenged canine out there that day, he made friends with two absolutely adorable Boston Terriers. See, all the cool dogs wear coats!

Family portrait

There’s not much to say about this hike, really. It was just…great. I had an awesome day. Unhurried hiking, a family nap in the sunshine, sharing stroopwafels while watching avalanches tumbling down from Mount Pilchuck…yeah, it was basically just great.

I think I’m over the mindset of always trying to challenge myself on trail – this season, my only hiking goal will be to enjoy myself. That’s why we’re all out there in the first place, right?

So much hair! Kris Kross will make ya ♫

Heather Lake | 4 miles | 1100 feet elevation gain –

Heather Lake

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  • Reply Vibeche April 8, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Det er så koselig å stoppe innom bloggen din og se de fantastiske bildene og lese om turene deres. Blir så fristet og ikke minst fasinert. Dere er kjempe dyktige og står virkelig på :)
    Ellers må jeg si at jeg liker det nye huset deres, ser skikkelig fint og koselig ut :)
    Godt når ting begynner å ta form :)
    Ha en fortsatt fin påske :)

  • Reply Ewa April 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Love your pics, as usual and yes, enjoyment is why we hike.
    It is great you still have so much snow. I won’t be able to make it to the mountains anytime soon so for me snow fun is over till next winter.

  • Reply corrina April 10, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I love your new goal of enjoying yourself! That’s my goal for this year too :)

  • Reply jill i April 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Wow, can’t believe you tackled Heather Lake this early in the season! I was up there last May and we were postholing the last third of the way through the snow. I have a shot of the same stump with tree growing out of it on my blog post about that hike. Great shots as usual!

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