When I return to Seattle as a visitor, it's different. My days are packed with trying to see every person I miss. Suddenly I have to prioritize people, and it's impossible to squeeze them all in. This time was different though. Nathan was in town from Montana, ready to ski as much as possible, so I wrote everything off and prepared to ski, ski, ski and let whatever else fill in the cracks. It worked amazingly.
After a night at the College Inn (where the bartender still remembers my name) I whirled around Lina's apartment packing to ski. Four of us met up in North Bend and headed toward Alpental for a tour toward Chair Peak. It was a beautiful day filled with laughter and reminiscing. Lina has been my hero since the day I met her. She is constantly jumping from one place to another, so the fact that I stole her away for a day was pretty much the best.
|Good dramatic clouds today|
|Part of Chair Peak|
|Kaeli watching some brave skiers.|
|Photo by Chris Joosse|
|The only surviving picture of the night.|
|Nathan made it to the mountain, but his ski clothes didn't . . .|
|Laps in Birthday Bowl|
|Clouds hang low in the inversion.|
Not long after we had begun sledding and the sun sank in the sky, thin clouds crept up the valley where we were sledding. We played almost until dark, when the trees hung in an eerie glowing mist that seemed to go on forever.
|Proper sledding technique.|
|Taking a turn|