Featured image by Jennifer Mabus. Jen, thank you forever for capturing this and Jackie, thank you for existing and being so damn cute. This is probably my favorite photo EVER

This past weekend I headed East on 542 to Mt. Baker to walk in the shadows of sleeping giants; of glacier-covered volcanoes and mountains.fullsizeoutput_5660I was able to go on not one but TWO snowshoeing hikes last weekend. The hike on Saturday, White Salmon Creek, was like out of a dream. We were quite literally walking in a winter wonderland. The snow was falling slowly and you could follow the descent of every individual snowflake.fullsizeoutput_563bfullsizeoutput_562dfullsizeoutput_562fThe ground crunched under our snowshoes loudly and the trees had a blanket of white snow, contrasts deeply against their dark evergreen.fullsizeoutput_5652fullsizeoutput_5657Whenever the clouds and fog cleared we could see the snow and glacier-capped craggy peaks.

After our hike we enjoyed beers and a massive plate of nachos at the ski lodge before heading back to the Air BnB for the night.fullsizeoutput_5667Sunday was the reason we traveled all the way up to Baker in the first place. Another hosted Mountain Chicks hike!! This time by the beautiful Jennifer (the whimsical woman).

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Jennifer (left) with the beautifully spirited Jackie.

We were originally supposed to snowshoe up to Artists Point but the avalanche warning level was too high for comfort. Instead we hiked the same trail as the previous day but went a different route and it was still fun! No hike is ever the exact same no matter how many times you walk the same trail.Ever heard the quote “there’s no such thing as bad weather just inappropriate clothing”? It was snowing and sleeting a bit and everyone’s “water-proof” jackets became pretty wetted through but everyone’s spirits remained high! We had a couple spills this day, all around the same downed log on the trail but everyone was okay!

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Photo by Jennifer Mabus

Hiking or snowshoeing in the snow is a seriously magical experience that I would recommend to everyone! I rented my snowshoes from REI for $24 for the weekend – they don’t charge for pick up and drop off so I was really only paying for Saturday if I was able to bring them back on Sunday.

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Photo by Jennifer Mabus

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