Sunday, May 2, 2010

Let the hiking begin

 My favorite thing about Spring in the PNW ....
it means hiking season has begun!

Gabe hiked this trail with Willis (before Harley joined the family) and while I was out of town for work when we first moved here the winter of 06'.  I was excited to check it out.


My girlfriends from Crossfit
Photo op before a 5.5 mile hike, rain, and snow!!
Lindsay, me, and Leslie


Off we go ...


I wasn't prepared for snow sighting
(***When Gabe hiked this trail, he was a naive Texan who was attempting the hike in tennis shoes while everyone else was wearing snowshoes -- HAHAHHA, priceless!!)




I SPY A LAKE peaking through the trees ...
My sister in law says this is an oxymoron photo:  snowy tanktop!


TA-DAAAA, low and behold, Lake 22


The biggest group I have ever hiked with.
Leslie's church planned a day hiking event, 
and I am so glad I joined them!


Once we made it to the top, it starting raining so all the layers I shed went back!  Oddly, it happened so fast, so we headed down to the trail-head thinking warm thoughts like HOT chocolate, HOT soup, and most importantly a HOT car!!





This is why I love my city -- Until next time!

46 comments:

The Boob Nazi said...

Oh man, I'm dying to live in the PNW!

Christa said...

Beautiful pictures!!

Kerbi said...

Looks like a wonderful time! I have always wanted to go some place with mountains and snow!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Looks like so much fun! We live in such a beautiful area! I love it!!

Stevie said...

Ahhh, Lake 22. One of my favorite hikes! I can't even count how many times I've hiked that trail. But I've only hiked it in the summer! It has a totally different look in the clouds and snow. Fun!

EL said...

Oh wow! Love all the pictures looks like such a pretty place! So funny you went from tank top to bundled up lol!

Lindsayb-mo said...

What fun! Beautiful pictures too.

ReJOYce! said...

Awesome pictures Kelsey!!!

Lindsay said...

wow-so pretty! love the tank top and snow pics! too funny!

Neely said...

Looks beautiful! I love hiking!!

Ashley said...

Gorgeous scenery! I love hiking but haven't done it in a while. You definitely stirred my grits and made me want to find a challenging trail with a rewarding view. :)

Neha said...

Great pics! You are really lucky!

Sherrie said...

What a gorgeous area to hike through.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith said...

That is beautiful!!

Shelby Bukhenik said...

looks like a great hike and amazing sights!

K said...

Beautiful!! I love hiking in that neck of the woods.

Erin said...

Wow this is blowing my Texas mind to see yall start out in tanks in late spring and end up in jackets in the snow!

Tiffany said...

So fun! So gorgeous! My brother is playing minor league ball in Salem, OR and my parents went to visit and went on a gorgeous hike there. I was completely jealous and now you're doing this! Maybe I need a vacation!

Sara Lynn said...

Wow that looks like much fun!!! I wish we had stuff like that here in South Carolina.

emily said...

wow, that is amazingg....i have only hiked one time in italy and i was hooked then. the feeling when you are finished is unlike anythingelse. too bad i live in flat, ohio, midwest!!! ha great pictures!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

wow!! what an incredible hike! that looked like so much fun going with everybody! your pics are SO cute and beautiful! we love hiking too :)

Same Sweet Girl: Memoir of a Southern Belle said...

Wow!!! That looks like so much fun!!!! I love to hike and I've been meaning to go again! Great pictures and I'm glad you had a great time! :)

Tina said...

Looks like fun!! I just went hiking yesterday with my dogs!! :)

Mrs. Sergeant said...

Wow, I love your pictures. Seattle is one of the places the military may send us and we find out this week and from these pictures I am really excited about this possiblity! :-) Thanks for sharing!

Juliana said...

How exciting! I love hiking and hiking in your area is my 2nd favorite besides Colorado! WOO HOO!

Mateya said...

Oh that looks fun! I have never been hiking before!

Tatum-LeTard said...

Beautiful sights! Exactly why I love the west side of this country so much! :)

Kristen said...

That looks so fun!

Samantha Levang said...

I SO know what you mean! There are tons of great hikes all within an hour or two. It's paradise if you ask me!

I've never done Lake 22. Maybe we'll give it a shot soon. I'd like to try an overnighter this year!

Heather said...

This is so right up my alley! I wish I could have been there with you!! Looks like so much fun, great pics!

Jami said...

Looks like a fun trail! and a lot of work :) Very cool! -Jami

The Holmes said...

I love hiking but unfortunately living in Texas doesn't provide you that many opportunities to do so.

Looks like y'all had fun though!

Sarah said...

Bet you guys never get bored on the weekends! It's breathtaking there!

Jamie Pickle said...

You are one hard core chica!! Way to go.

Cassie said...

That's gorgeous! I can't believe you had all that snow up there :)

Ashley @ KiwisandCocktails said...

pretty! I hiked last weekened up a snow covered mountain carrying my skis while I was in a tank top..it happens! :) I also got a sun burn that day...oops.
Glad you enjoyed it!

Brittany said...

That's crazy you were in a tank top one min and all bundled up the next! I've never been hiking but I'd love to go sometime :-) Great pics!

Tamara Nicole said...

Oooh where is this trail? Love hiking!!! Also crossfit?? Do tell:-)

Yes Barrio!!! We have a giftcard to there, we will have to chk it out, how was it?

Cute hiking pics!!!

Kendra said...

I am so very jealous. I loved hiking when I lived in Connecticut. Yeah you wouldn't think hiking there. It wasn't anything superb, but it was hiking and I loved the scenary. I always go hiking while in in the white mountain in New Hampshire. To Die For. I miss it.

Meghan said...

I have never done that hike-- I will have to check it out! Looks like a great time. I do have to say, I am ready for some warmer weather in the PNW!

Miss Jody said...

You.
My friend.
Are so stinkin'-cute-in-your-lil- tank-top in the snow!
Love the pics!!!
xoxox

Ashton said...

Oh how fun!! It looks like you guys really had a great weekend.

If I ever make it back to Seattle, I'll have to look up that hike-- seems so fun!

And I totally understand what your sis means about the oxymoron.. That's my everyday wardrobe in Colorado. You can go into work in capris/short sleeves and come out to snow on your car. Oh lovely mountain weather. ;)

Have a wonderful Tuesday!

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Ohhh it looks like you had a wonderful time!

OceanDreams said...

What a great hike and look at all of that snow, I bet you were thinking about everything cozy warm for sure! Nice work girl and you look so pretty!

Kelly Marie said...

I love this!! I've tried hiking once, but I really want to do it often. Any tips on what to wear and bring?? Love all the photos!! (: Hope you have a great rest of the night!

Annie said...

Gosh! I can't WAIT to visit the PNW. Hubby and I have visited the west coast countless times, have lived on the east coast and the middle of the country, but we've never really had time to take in the PNW. It will definitely be on our list of first vacations to take after he finishes residency (41 days...not that I'm counting). And who knows, maybe I can talk him into buying a practice there...or at least a vaca home ;-)

BTW, how long would it take you to get to Vancouver from where you are?

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