Happy Friday, everyone!
I’m linking up today with Angela’s High Five Friday! This week, I’m high-fiving mountains views and alpine lakes.
By the time Friday rolls around, my legs are practically itching with the desire to go hiking. Hiking feels so rejuvenating to the body after a strong week of running and so refreshing to the mind after a long week of work.
If I could use one work to describe hiking right now, it would be anticipating. I’m eagerly anticipating the snow melt; as much as Ryan and I adored snowy winter hikes, we want to start hiking hard again. Most of the long hard hikes are still covered in snow (read: avalanche dangers) or even closed off still for the season. Nonetheless, we were able to hike some beautiful trails over the past few weeks.
Last week we hiked to Heather Lake. Since we got an early start, Charlie was able to frolic leash-free in the snow (we only allow him off-leash if no other hikers are around and we’re away from the main trail).
Into the woods on our hike up to Lake Serene. The trail is flat here, but by the final 2 miles everything burns as you climb over boulders and unrelenting switchbacks. But at the top? The lake makes you forget about any tired muscles.
Mount Index looms over Lake Serene. We could hear and see small avalanches coming off the mountain into the other side of the lake!
Up at the top of Lake Twenty Two! The first time we did this hike, it was the Fourth of July and temperatures were in the high 80s. Just a bit of difference this time around!
When hiking to Lake Twenty-Two in Stevens Pass we were treated to a view of snowcaps and mountains as far as the eyes could see.
Please excuse my total snow-blindness in many of the photos. It’s bright up there in all of that sun-soaked snow!
This weekend we’re planning on hiking Mount Washington, which will be our first 8 mile hike since Mount Si in December! For hiking we do plan on alternating hard weeks and easy weeks during my marathon training (especially since my long runs alternate long slow distance with harder and shorter long runs). Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more mountain photos!
What are you high-fiving this week?
What are your weekend plans?
Do you prefer woods, lakes, or mountain views?