Monthly Archives: July 2018

Snoqualmie National Forest: Lost Lakes

After spending most of the summer with sailing lessons on Lake Union, we decided to switch it up and go for a nice long hike in the Snoqualmie National Forest. And after not being in the mountains for a while, it was delightful to go for a hike again. The trail was moderately well traveled with a 15 mile round trip and 2100 ft of elevation gain. Not too shabby for a first walk back in while, but we were both tired the next day.

We got to see a bunch of alpine lakes which, as is the usual case, were nicer the higher you went up in altitude. The coolest part of the whole deal was that the second highest lake was the shade of turquoise blue you only find at higher elevations and had a family of otters swimming around it. I have never seen otters anywhere but Monterrey, so that was pretty cool.

Trees! Everybody likes Cedar forests.

Trees! Everybody likes cedar forests.

The trail was not that steep to walk up, but it was steep against the grain.

The trail was not that steep to walk up, but it was steep against the grain.

Pretty Blue Lake. Otters not pictured.

Pretty Blue Lake. Otters not pictured.

Alpine lake. Swimming Lloyd's pictured.

Alpine lake. Swimming Lloyds pictured.

Fording the streams in the US is a bit more civilized than NZ.

Fording the streams in the US is a bit more civilized than in NZ.

Sonoma

What’s that you say; I just left a cliffhanger for our Bay Area trip? No conclusions, no finality, and weeks later you want to know what we were up to. Well, I guess I can finish the story of the trip out.

After hanging out in the South Bay for a while, we went up to Sonoma for the real point of our trip: our friends Scott and Marilyn’s wedding. The wedding was nice and set up at the Sonoma Golf Club which was a pretty cool venue.

Other than the wedding, we went on a couple of hikes in the area. Nothing particularly spectacular, just the normal NorCal fare, and did the obligatory wine tasting. Rather than just go to a couple of wineries like we normally do, we classed it up and did a wine and food pairing lunch at St. Francis which was a lot of fun and highly worth it.

So that was our Bay Area trip in a nutshell. It was chill, which is how I like it.

Sonoma was dry, but pleasant.

Sonoma was dry, but pleasant.

Double Jasmine. At the B&B.

Double Jasmine. At the B&B.

We stopped at my favorite SF coffee shop on the way back, The Interval. Bet you can't guess why.

We stopped at my favorite SF coffee shop on the way back: The Interval. Bet you can’t guess why.

Apparently there was some sort of youth sailing event, I think they were in Optimists.

Apparently, there was some sort of youth sailing event. I think they were in Optimists.