I’ve known these two love birds both separately and together for many years. I have to say that I have been rooting for them for a solid 20 years now. Being that I’m only 30, that’s really saying something. B & E have been lifelong friends from childhood. We were band geeks, problem solving nerds, and athletes together through school. When after so many years had passed after we all “grew up”, I got the sweet news that they were dating. I was ecstatic, as were most in our immediate circle and beyond. B proposed this fall and I was lucky enough to spend some time with them in celebrating their engagement. We went up to a favorite old spot up in the mountains back home and had a great time in the snow. It was such good luck to get (my favorite) snow and sun all in the same morning. Can’t wait for the wedding next fall and wishing them the best in their future together.
Winter has it’s own color scheme around the Pacific Northwest. This year, the weather has been extraordinarily mild. It is the first year that I can remember with such little snow in the mountains. What would normally would be blanketed in snow, is a stark grey or covered in the frozen frosting left in the morning after a clear night. For some reason, the grey makes reds pop for me. Here are a couple of wandering shots from my mini-break with my favorite – The Natural Ginger while hanging out at Lake Cle Elum and the always beautiful Ritter Farms.
I was really lucky to grow up in a place that offered many opportunities to enjoy nature. That is part of the reason I feel most at home amonst the mountains, lakes, and trees of the Cascades. I had a few extra moments to enjoy Lake Cle Elum this weekend in between visits to family and friends. The water was clear, uncharacteristically calm, and quiet. My toes were happy to take a dip.