Ryan and I had both expressed curiosity at snowshoeing as soon as we got into snowy hiking. With feet of white powder burying the mountains, our microspikes only take us so far. So when Lauren suggested snowshoeing in Snoqualmie Pass, we were more than game!
It is difficult to make friends in a new city, especially in a city with a bit of a chill to it like Seattle (people are friendly, at least on the Eastside, but also keep to themselves). Ryan works at a small office, so there’s not many people for us to meet through work, and a definite downside about freelancing and working from home is that my only office mate is a mischievous puggle.
Thank goodness for the blogging community, right? I met Lauren through blogging over the summer shortly before she moved to Seattle to study dietetics at University of Washington. She’s an outdoor enthusiasts as well, and finally we were able to coordinate a weekend to hike with her and a friend.
(P.S. you should check out her blog, Just a Pinch, because she has seriously beautiful photos of Seattle and hiking in the PNW and excellent advice on nutrition).
One of the many reasons I love REI is because they rent expensive outdoor gear, including snowshoes. Ryan and I headed into the city after work on Friday (only REI Seattle rents, but that store is like a candy store for athletes so no complaints there).
We left on Saturday morning for Golden Creek Snowshoe, which was a relatively flat hike in Snoqualmie Pass (which is about 45 minutes from Seattle along I-90).
Admittedly, I was a little nervous and clumsy at first in my snowshoes. Even though I have big feet, the initial sensation of donning a pair of snowshoes is that of having extremely large feet. I worried about stepping on anyone’s feet with the big snowshoes or tripping over my own feet!
Thankfully, snowshoeing does not have a steep learning curve, so within a half hour, I felt more at ease in the shoes. By an hour in, Ryan and I were already talking about splurging on our own pairs next winter.
We had so much fun snowshoeing with Lauren and her friend Kim! It was great to get to connect with other people our age who love the outdoors. We hiked around the lake and back, taking plenty of time to stop and enjoy the scenery.
There was a bit of chill to the air and some fog in the sky, which only made the snowshoeing even more fun. There’s something beautiful about fog in the mountains, isn’t there?
Also, ignore the fact that I’m squinting in every photo. Even in the fog, the pure white (almost blue sometimes) alpine snow can be blinding without sunglasses!
We spent about two and half hours snowshoeing until we had explored all of Gold Creek Lake. What a fun way to spend a Saturday! There’s something utterly rejuvenating and calming about spending some time each week in the mountains.
When was the last time you tried a new sport?
What’s your favorite outdoor winter sport: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing?