no two snowflakes are alike

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I woke up this past Saturday morning with my truck adorned with snowflakes.  Like stickers pressed up against the black paint, only temporary.

Someone opened up their home to me without meeting me first.  Doesn’t that exceed a deal with only a handshake?

A Mason Jar of homemade peaches awaited my arrival on the kitchen table that he had made himself.  He left me cross country trail maps, handwritten notes of local restaurants and the best coffee shop to visit.

My motivation for this mini getaway was to cross country ski on some of the best trails in the U.S. but my most favorite moments didn’t involve skis at all.  It was hearing the owls in the nearby trees while I was photographing the stars late at night.  It was feeding the hens and holding their freshly laid eggs in the palm of my hand.  It was having a cat kneed on my lap like he had known me for years and looking through a television screen in a window framing the best view.  Now that’s good T.V.

You wonder, what could possibly beat the rolling hills and the mountains dusted with powdered sugar in the Methow Valley?  The people.

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North Cascades

I have decided to discover what’s right underneath my nose… Washington State.  Asia and I made our way across Hwy. 20 to the North Cascades.  We hiked Lake Ann which was short and sweet to break up the driving.  We stayed at the Rolling Huts in Mazama and also checked out Winthrop one afternoon.  On Saturday I was able to do one of my most favorite things; ride horses.  It rained off and on but that wasn’t going to stop me.  It was worth it with all the rainbows that accompanied us.  The North Cascades hikes are endless so I plan on going back next summer or Fall.


Lake Ann

Asia playing with Oberon in front of the farm house. 

Winston and Asia