The Sunday after our arrival back in Seattle looked damp, gloomy, and generally just too Pacific Northwest for our South Pacific mindset, so we joined our friends on a hike east of the crest, where the sunshine lives.
This was my second hike on Sauer’s Mountain outside of Leavenworth, and it has become one of my favorite spring trails. It’s perfect this time of year if you’re like me and the mere sight of snow makes you stabby (or you’ve just returned from ten days in paradise and you’re not emotionally ready for your tan to fade just yet).
The trail starts on private property (in what is presumably Sauer’s backyard) and it’s decorated with all sorts of totem poles and whimsical tree trolls. Past the forest service border, we had to make do with clusters of bright yellow balsamroot flowers and views into the Enchantments. The horror!!
At the top, Tom brought out a bottle of Disaronno so we could take a shot (or three) in honor of our friend Jo who is currently out of hiking commission with a gimpy leg. Get well soon, Josie, we need you to finish the bottle!