Thursday, January 30, 2014

Timberline wanderings

Last winter, when there was snow, we did quite a few snow adventures.  Analise was just four months old.  Sarah, Analise, and I went on a harder core snowshoe adventure without Amy since she had been boycotting snow.

The snow was really blowing but we bundled up a baby and headed out to explore.

There was quite a bit of bushwacking as we cut through the ski area.

The snow covered trees were amazing.

Since there was not much visibility, we did not wander too far but just made a big loop.

The lodge was quite covered in snow and we really enjoyed exploring and watching the skiers and snowboarders.

Analise stayed nice in warm in her homemade custom fleece Baby Bjorn cover made by her crafty Nana.

Warm and cozy, she slept through this little adventure.

We headed home after a day well spent in the snow.

Returning to Mt. Rainier

 The girls and I took a drive up to meet our friends The McCarty's on an August day.  Analise was almost one.  I always feel like I am coming home when I come to Mt. Rainier.

We took a beautiful and challenging hike up to a high mountain waterfall and meadow.

The kids found a natural rock slide and had some fun.

The creek was raging.

The kiddos and moms spent a lot of time hiking together.  Amy really enjoys hiking with Carolee especially.  They like telling stories together.  Janelle likes to hide gummy bears which Amy also enjoys.

I enjoyed listening to the glacier fed creek.

It was August but there was still this patch of snow in a shady spot.

I enjoyed hanging out at the waterfall.

Analise slept for quite awhile on my back and seemed to enjoy herself also.

The high waterfall was beautiful.

We continued up to a high meadow for some stunning mountain views.

Mike continued on a long loop and the rest of us made the long trek back down the trail.

The kids did a great job, especially considering we were climbing at altitude.  This hike was app. 8 miles RT.  This was Amy's new record!

When we got back to camp, Analise was dubbed "The Queen of Dirt".

The trip was made complete by a morning trip up to Paradise to take in the amazing mountain view.