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exploring "america's alps" : the north cascades

6.07.2013













































let's be honest. i was disappointed when mt saint helen's was engulfed in a storm and we decided to go explore elsewhere. and on day one in the north cascades i cried. nerves. bleh.
lesson learned: keep up my backcountry skills (or skiing skills period) before venturing out to the backcountry.

despite my nerves and a bout of crying, the north cascades turned out to be quite spectacular,
and a fantastic experience overall. i was grateful to be with ceej, my brother, and his wife.
a good crew always makes for a good trip. especially when they're just as excited about
ice cream at the end of the day as you are (though my licorice-flavored ice cream turned out to
taste more like cough syrup, and, in a very rare situation, ended up in the trash. what a tragedy!).

another surprise: i was worried about my "mountain lungs" as i thought i may have lost them
while spending ten days in england with voyage magazine...
but my lungs and heart pulled through, and i felt really strong overall. up is easy. down isn't my fave all the time.

this little two-day trip was a nice taste of the north cascades. can't wait to visit this place in summer,
and again in the winter. motivated.


{photos by ceej, my brother (dan), and me}

6 comments:

lucent imagery said...

Just beautiful! I really admire you for your persistence and courage. I plan to try basic cross-country skiing next time I visit the snow. I don't think my vision could handle the speed of downhill any more and I'd be a danger to the whole slope! Wow, I don't think I've properly skied since my 12th birthday when we spent a week in the mountains - and what a great week it was.

sweet harvest moon said...

Like Lucent Imagery said before me, I really admire you for your persistence and courage!

Too bad about the ice cream :(

sweet harvest moon said...

Like Lucent Imagery said before me, I really admire you for your persistence and courage!

Too bad about the ice cream :(

jorjiapeach said...

wow. this is incredible. so admirable.

picadaisy said...

Wow, what a phenomenal view that must've been!

Debie Grace said...

What an adventure :) It seems easy for you to go to mountains and other adventurous places. Thank you for the inspiration. I hope someday I can climb the highest peak in my country ;)