December 26, 2010

Seattle Market



















Seattle has a huge market right on the water.

Totem Pole



















The Northwest is known for its indian culture. This totem pole is on the Pudget Sound.

Back to Seattle















After five days in Washington it is time to head home for Christmas. While waiting for the bus heading East we decided to walk around downtown.

Boundary Bay Brewery















Local brewery in Bellingham Washington. We met a guy on top of Mt Rainier and he told us this is the best brewery in Washington. So we stopped by after sking Mt Baker.

December 22, 2010

Snowed In















When we tried to leave we were completely snowed in. Dave and some nice Guy helped push our car out of the ice and snow.

December 21, 2010

Mount Baker Ski Area















We decided to ski and snowboard after snowshoeing. The runs were so much longer than the east.


Final Snoeshow



After 2 hours struggling up soft snow Dave is excited to finish up.

Struggling Again



Dave thought this was funny.

Making A Trail



We decided to make our own.

Blizzard



For the first time we had snow falling from the sky.

Backcountry trails



Dave readies himself.

Snoeshow Trails



The snow her was very soft making it harder to move.  It also soaked our clothes.

Information



MT Baker area

Cascades



Our third national park of the trip.

Mount Baker Highway



55 miles of snow covered evergreen trees.

North Cascades



Recreation complex.

Salty



Confirmation.

Pacific Ocean



Dave's first time seeing the west coast.

Alaska



Bellingham is 40 miles south of British Columbia.  It is also the main port for the Alaska Marine Highway in the lower 48.

Bellingham



Dave and I stayed in Bellingham, WA for two nights.

December 20, 2010

Mount Baker



Snowshoeing & Skiing

Artic Foxes



These two article foxes, one black one orange, tried to hitch a ride with us.  They were shivering.

Wildlife



On Sunday we saw our first wildlife. 

Paradise Visitor Center



Dave and I picked up some hot coffee and warmed up from our snowshoeing.

Time to Head Back



The sun was going down, the clouds were coming in, and the temperature was dropping.

Taking It Easy



After climbing up the mountain Dave debates taking a nap.


Clearing



The clouds pulled back for one photo then completely engulfed us.

Chris Falling



Again, Dave could not get enough of me struggling in the snow.

Small



Dave is small again in this enormous landscape.

Top



Mount Rainier.  My hands went numb immediately at this elevation.

Lunch



At the top we cooked up some chicken and rice.

Mount Rainier



Dave and I climbed up to about 10000 ft. 

Falling



Dave liked taking pictures of me falling on my face.

Snowshoes



We struggled to get up the steep slopes in our huge snowshoes.

Huge Mountains



Clouds, sky, and evergreen trees.

The Trail



Snowshoeing & cross country skiing.

Snoeshow Time



Paradise

Opening the Gate



Sunday Dec 19 2010.

Mount Rainier National Park



Dave was permitted to enter.

December 17, 2010

Olympic Peninsula



You can see Olympic National Park just west of Seattle across the Pudget Sound.
Originally from Strongsville, OH, I spent 8 years in Raleigh, North Carolina and have since recently moved to Missoula, MT. I have been a runner all my life and have recently started pursuing ultra marathons. Any excuse to be outside and on the trails.