Snow Lake

Best. Hike. EVER. Words cannot express how GRATEFUL I am to live so close to such incredible beauty, and how PROUD I am of my bugaboo who today hiked SIX miles (or 7.2 according to the WTA) with a total of 3,000 ft elevation gain on a trail far more complex than we anticipated. She greeted every person and petted every puppy, complimented girls’ outfits, and thanked each and every person that stopped to let us pass. Such a lover, this one. And each person who passed gave her great encouragement … “wow, I am impressed!” … “you’re the youngest person out here!” … “what a strong hiker” … “you should be proud of yourself!”

And we learn so many lessons on the trail. Today we talked about girls being STRONG, POWERFUL, and BRAVE (among other important life lessons like how not to fall off a mountain). Baby girl swelled with pride at the end. I will hold this day close forever.


… and then after the hike, we had a hilarious time taking our FILTHY butts to the Riverbend Café, which was super cute (though the fish and chips were pretty awful). Olivia also started saying “hashtag born wild” in her delicate little toddler voice — bwahahahahah! Cutest!

And Snow Lake will definitely be on our list of backpacking spots … there’s a string of lakes you can visit, which could be really fun over a weekend! We’ll have to do some more research. I promise you’ll hear about it. 😉



Naches Peak Loop

Naches Peak Loop begins at Mt. Rainier National Park, which is nearly 2 hours from Seattle. We don’t mind a little driving and this drive was really beautiful.


It’s also a crowded spot on the weekends, but the trail is long enough that you’re in solitude most of the time.

One shocking fun fact: This was Darrick’s FIRST TIME EVER to Mt. Rainier!! Don’t tell him I told you. 😉

This was only my second time after living here for a decade, so I’m not much better. I had previously climbed up to Camp Muir with a friend, which was a pretty snowy hike, so I was hoping for wildflowers on this visit. We didn’t get the big explosion of flowers, but the views were so breathtaking I barely noticed. At one point, I turned the corner and just started crying it was so beautiful. It’s fun to talk to Olivia about how God made all these beautiful things, and she kept saying from my back, “Look at the views, mom!

She also walked about a mile and a half on this one… oh, and she pooped for the first time in the woods! So, dress or no dress, we have an adventurer. 🙂

First of all, the night before, Olivia had an impromptu sleepover with our besties, so we all had a Paleo waffle FEAST for breakfast on Sunday morning. We are so SO thankful for these beautiful friends of ours.



At the trailhead, before you even begin hiking, is Lake Tipsoo, which is gorgeous and fun, and a destination in and of itself! Olivia spent 15 minutes chasing a butterfly before we moved on.



Right as we started our hike, we touched freezing cold mountain water and played in snow!



The rest of the hike was just stunning, every view better than the last. We ended with a picnic back at the lake/parking lot before heading home. The weather couldn’t have been better and we had the most perfect day.