The literal side of me is having trouble with saying "need" there,
but I'm going to roll with it.
|Heading up into the mountains|
Kerry and I have our anniversary in May, which is a great month to get married.
(I suppose any month is a good month to get married ;D)
But not such a good month for a getaway.
|Fresh snow below the pass!|
Here in the PNW, after months of rain and darkness, the weather is finally warming up, the days are getting long, and everything seems to be bursting into bloom and growing like it's on steroids. It's a pretty good time to be here!
But oh the long, dark winters...
|A lot of that vivid red are wild blueberry bushes.|
Bad weather usually sets in around October, and that's when I like to get away.
And now that the boys are as old as they are, we can just... go.
It's pretty amazing, really :D
So we did.
|Near Leavenworth - aaahhhhh|
Washington is basically rectangular, and divided by the Cascade Mountains.
We live on the wet side, near the ocean. Nice and green. LOTS of rain.
|I'm intrigued by the foot bridge...|
But the other side is much drier and brighter.
|... but I won't be crossing it!|
Better fall colors, too.
|I love love love this house and its location|
Just what I tell myself I need, before the long dark season.
And we have a place we like to go in Winthrop.
Kind of rustic,
|The River Run Inn|
and what a view to welcome us!
Right on the Methow River,
and did I mention the aspens?
I love those trees :D
We brought books and projects,
and pretty much holed up at the Inn,
venturing out each day to do a bit of hiking
|Tawlks Foster Suspension Bridge|
The Methow Valley has a huge network of trails,
perfect for hiking,
and x-country skiing in the winter.
|Loup Loup Pass Ski Area|
I always feel like I'm storing up the brightness
and the vivid colors
to carry me through the winter ahead.
Happy late anniversary to us :D
I love the sound of the water :D
The most direct route from our hometown to Winthrop crosses a pass
that closes for several months each winter.
We got through just in time -
it closed a few days after we crossed back to the rainy side.