Escaping the Mundane
Having moved from Northern California up to Washington only a year ago, I am still adapting to having so much beauty within such a small distance from my home. California has been my home for 25 years. It is a place full of incredible landscapes spread vastly across its territory; this landscape is what led me to be the photographer I am today. But Washington felt like home from the first time I drove across the border, with so many awe-inspiring sights packed into an area so close to the coast.
During this coronavirus pandemic, it became very apparent that being outside was easily taken for granted. Traveling outside of our town was not something I felt justified doing and even still with things opening, it takes a lot more thought. I wanted to respect the stay at home policy and I have become more aware of how many others were pushing back on the order for the wrong reasons. It was important to learn about the virus and how to keep ourselves and others safe. Staying home meant flattening the curve, lessening the pressure on hospitals, and stopping the spread. These factors are important if we want to get back to a “normal” way of life.
I was stoked when Pyramid Brewing reached out with a project idea to go on an adventure and write a blog about it. It provided an opportunity to share my current outlook on safe ways I have been getting outdoors and making sure to not take the small moments for granted.
Initially, I had planned for my trip to be based on the coast, but after some research on the availability of both wilderness permits and campgrounds, I decided to change the location to a closer and more secluded area. Having a backup when a place is overcrowded or closed is a smart and ethical way to travel right now. I have been lucky enough to meet some incredible people while living here that have shown me some hidden gems.
The Snoqualmie Pass area has many easily accessible hikes and beautiful lakes to visit, however, it can take a bit of research to find the less populated areas. Having fallen in love with backpacking over the last two years, I thought I'd share this trip that involved a bit of both.
It is important to remember that having the ability to venture into the mountains is not just a good time but also a responsibility. Have fun, venture, but remain safe and responsible along the way.