But more recently Natalie and I headed out of town for new years. This year we decided to do something nice and peaceful. A good friend of ours has a family cabin just inside Mt Rainier National Park. The cabin is out of cell coverage, has no running water, but does have a great fireplace and electricity. We headed out right after work on Friday.
Saturday we slept late, drank coffee, had a late breakfast and got in an afternoon snowshoe. Came back about 4:30pm, chopped firewood, stoked up the Kerosene heater, built a fire and settled in. Natalie made cheese fondue, a fun treat, and cracked open a bottle (maybe two?!?) of wine. We ended up drinking, talking and talking; next thing we knew the new year was upon us. We rang in the New Year and were asleep before 12:30pm. Perfect.
Sunday, we got up earlier, had breakfast (bagels and eggs), and packed up for our cross country ski adventure. We drove about 15 miles to Chinook Pass, where the road was closed, and hopped on the closed road. It was a great, gradual climb and there was sunshine (for those of you who live in Seattle that is a large bright object in the sky that even shines in the winter)! We went about 2 miles, had a snack of apples, raisins, chocolate and hot tea(!), and skiied down. About 4 miles total and a great break with some fresh air and sun. The snow was really soft up there. Came back, and snacked the rest of the evening as we sat in front of the fireplace for, literally, six hours reading books, chatting and eating. So relaxing.
Monday, we slept until 9am, got up, lazily made coffee and breakfast, then proceeded to wash a weekends worth of dishes, pack the car and clean up. We left about 1:30pm and arrived home 4:45pm. A great weekend and we cannot wait to get back up there.
|The road to Chinook pass|
|View off of the side of the road|