Hiking, Top Trips

Above the clouds

Could 2012 possibly end on a higher note? I think not. JK’s coworker, Anil, had expressed an interest in trying snowshoeing, so we drove up to Snoqualmie Pass under clear, blue skies to hike to Kendall Peak Lakes.



Our canine companions for the day were Anil’s gorgeous Border Collie, Ada, and our favorite borrowed Mutt of Unknown Composition, Brutus.

What happened to the sunny forecast??

In a cruel twist of fate, we were met at the pass by a wall of clouds. The trail was packed down, so we strapped the snowshoes on our backs and started walking, hoping the clouds were low enough for us to break through them. We hiked and hiked, throwing sticks and balls for the dogs the whole way (because unlike our nutrias, these dogs never get tired), then hiked some more.

Anil's first snowshoe trip

At long last, just when it was time to move our snowshoes from our backs to our feet, we popped through the blanket of clouds into a winter wonderland of snow-covered trees and glorious, glorious sunshine. Aaah!

Squinty pups

We all agreed that slogging through the clouds made the sun that much more enjoyable. There’s always something special about being above the clouds.

Rampart in the distance

It makes you feel like you’re on top of the world, even when you’re actually on a lowly non-summit right next to the freeway.

So hard to leave

It can make a busy ski resort look like untouched wilderness.

Get the stick!

It can make a newbie fall in love with snowshoeing, and his dog fall in love with the funny sticks that go with the sport.

Waiting for Fake Mama

It was too beautiful to leave, so we stayed until the peaks (and the pups) were awash in alpenglow and the sun set for the second-to-last time that year.

Cute Brute

We descended back into the clouds, smugly congratulating ourselves on spending the afternoon under blue skies while those poor suckers down at Gold Creek Pond were stuck in the desaturated world of grey. Muahahhaa.

Skiing ants

Happy New Year from our family to yours. May 2013 find you above the clouds!

Oh Kendall

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  • Reply sasha farina January 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    oh my goodness… what a view! i’m in love all the way from singapore! :)

  • Reply ARC January 17, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Lovely photos! I’ve never been snowshoeing either :)

  • Reply Lisa January 17, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Your puppies look SO HAPPY!!!

  • Reply Michelle January 17, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Oh I love your pictures, what a beautiful day out! You do realise I am living vicariously through your hikes at the moment (since we are both on the west coast)??? Keep enjoying this beautiful sunshine while it lasts!

  • Reply laura January 17, 2013 at 11:51 am

    These photos are breathtaking…truly, gorgeous

  • Reply Libby January 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Amazing photos of what sounds like an incredible day. Love the pups – too cute.

  • Reply Jeannie L January 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I sure wish I’d be able to take such pictures with such views but unfortunately, I’m too unfit to hike. Btw, You’ve got a new follower ;)

  • Reply jill i January 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Yes, your photography is as usual splendid. What a beautiful day! Hoping I pop above the clouds at the Pass tomorrow for some skate skiing, but not sure now? Was glorious over at the Washington coast the last few days (blog post tomorrow) and we didn’t hit the fog/clouds until just west of Port Angeles on the Strait.

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