After living here since June 2008, we finally took the day and went to visit "The Mountain". It is breathtakingly beautiful and awesome! Talk about feeling small! It was about a 2 hour drive to get to the entrance to the park and then from there we made several stops along the way until we reached Paradise. (Picture above is from Paradise)
I think I might be considered an indoor/outdoor girl after today. I hiked! It was a paved trail, but still...it was in an upward direction...on a mountain...so it totally counts...right!? And...there were no tears involved!
Side Story: Flashback to 2007...pre wedding...pre Mark realizing I am an indoor girl/princess...He thought it would be a lovely idea to take me on a short hike to see a waterfall in Auburn. About half way there, he turned around to see tears streaming out from under my oversized sunglasses. Upon asking what was wrong...I answered, with a quiver in my voice "I didn't wear my hiking shoes..." I'm sure he thought I wasn't the most emotionally stable one. Anyway...I was wearing silver, ballet flats. Not ideal for a hike to a waterfall! Today was the first attempt at any type of activity that mildly resembled hiking. We try to avoid activities that cause me to cry...Today was a success! I even hiked to 2 waterfalls...
Back to today...We brought little Dixie along for the fun, but sadly pups aren't allowed out of parking lots, so she had to stay in the car on the hikes.
I'm pretty sure this is the first snowball I have seen in July!
I even tasted water from the stream...totally outdoorsy. I'm pretty sure I could survive for a few days off the fresh stream water...if I ever were to get lost.
This tree started growing in 1203...I think... Obviously it isn't growing anymore, but that is one HUGE tree!
And one last picture of us with the massive mountain.
In case you were wondering...all of the pictures that both of us are in were taken with my camera on my handy gorilla pod! No need to ask random strangers to take our pic!