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Snow, Spray, and Suds

The plan was to snowshoe Mt. Catherine today. Our problem was that our plan didn’t consider what we would do if the road to Mt. Catherine was impassable. Yep.

Very, very stuck.

We were very, very stuck in my diesel 4×4 truck. Note to all, I was not the driver who got us dug in like that!

According to the maps our smartphones could find, there was another spur road that would hook up with the road we needed, so we figured we’d drive over there, park, and then see about hiking back toward our goal. We climbed almost 509 feet up a very steep, very icy area next to one of the main ski runs at Hyak before the husband of 7-month-pregnant-Andrea decided we (she) weren’t going any further. Boyfriend and I really struggled with our snowshoes; we found out later that the kind of snowshoes I own were for long rambles without a lot of elevation gain. After we turned back, we found an area of soft, pillowy snow outside of the ski area boundaries, so we stopped to play and enjoy ourselves for a while. Although we didn’t accomplish what we set out to do, we all had a good time.

Chris, fueling for our snowshoeing adventure.

Chris, fueling for our snowshoeing adventure.

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Boyfriend and Taro heading toward the start of the hill.

A beautiful day to be out!

A beautiful day to be out!

This was probably the least-steep section we climbed before turning around.

This was probably the least-steep section we climbed before turning around.

These cliffs were the reason the area we played in were out of the ski area boundary.

These cliffs were the reason the area we stopped to play in were out of the ski area boundary.

Elle admiring the view.

Elle admiring the view.

David, mid flight

David, mid-flight

Taro actually played with Andrea's Australian Kelpie!

Taro actually played with Andrea’s Australian Kelpie!

Elle and Andrea

Elle and Andrea with a little bit of Taro mixed in.

Since we had driven to the top of the pass and had only clocked 1.16 miles, I really wanted to get some more mileage and elevation in. Everyone else decided to bail, but David and Boyfriend agreed that we should get another hike in, so we drove 20 miles back down the pass to go and hike the Twin Falls trail. According to my watch, we ended up hiking another 5.14 miles and climbed an additional 1,811 feet of elevation, bringing our daily totals to 6.3 miles and 2,320 feet of elevation gain.

The woods were beautiful today.

The woods were beautiful today.

My cute guys!

My cute guys!

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Another shot of the upper falls.

Another shot of the upper falls.

We found a "horsie" tree!

We found a “horsie” tree!

It was fun to be out hiking with David.

It was fun to hike with David. That was probably a good thing since he had purchased his hiking boots the night before and plans to join us for additional adventures.

Beautiful Taro!

Beautiful Taro!

Ice-glazed boulder.

Ice-glazed boulder.

The upper fall at Twin Falls; I used this to play with my camera and figure out how to get a filmy-looking water shot.

The upper fall at Twin Falls; I used this to play with my camera and figure out how to get a filmy-looking water shot.

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

This trail is quite lovely; the first section wanders next to the river.

This trail is quite lovely; the first section wanders next to the river.

Ready for food!

Ready for food!

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company on UrbanspoonAfter our multiple outings, we were famished and decided to go try out the grub at the Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Company.  Although I was a bit taken aback that the restaurant doesn’t serve fries (What is it about breweries serving commercially produced potato chips instead of fries? The Redhook Brewery is the same way!) I pretty much wanted to order one of everything on the menu.

We ordered beers and an order of their Garlic Cheese Bread to tide us over while we decided on our entrees.  Once we finally decided on what we wanted to eat, it didn’t take long for the food to arrive. The food was hot, the service was friendly, and the portions were reasonable for the prices.   Still, dinner for the three of us topped $75 before tip, so be prepared!

Honey Ale (amber) and Belgian Wit

Honey Ale (amber) and Belgian Wit

Garlic Cheese Bread

Garlic Cheese Bread

Cajun-style Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Cajun-style Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

Tim’s Smokin’ Turkey sandwich (smoked turkey, provolone, jalapeño, tomato, red onion, and chipotle mayonnaise on rosemary diamante bread)

Tim’s Smokin’ Turkey sandwich (smoked turkey, provolone, jalapeño, tomato, red onion, and chipotle mayonnaise on rosemary diamante bread)

Brewery Goddess Grinder (Capicola spicy ham, pepperoni, provolone, roasted red peppers, and red onion on a panino roll)

Brewery Goddess Grinder (Capicola spicy ham, pepperoni, provolone, roasted red peppers, and red onion on a panino roll)

Riverside Reuben sandwich (corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing, on dark sourdough rye)

Riverside Reuben sandwich (corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing, on dark sourdough rye)

This brownie was as ugly as sin but was deliciously ooey gooey. I think our server told us that they use their stout in the brownie, and their porter in the caramel sauce. Wow!

This brownie was as ugly as sin but was deliciously ooey-gooey. I think our server told us that they use their stout in the brownie, and their porter in the caramel sauce. Wow!

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