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XC Skiing & Frozen Paulina Creek Falls

It turns out that Cross Country skiing not only steals our breath and makes us sweat in 8-degree weather, it’s also loads of fun.

Yesterday, we skied up to Paulina Lake with a stopover at FROZEN Paulina Creek Falls (oh baby!) with our friend Tom, and our new friend John.

Thought we’d share some photos:

Okay, this was from December, but I love this photo. This was from our first XC skiing adventure at Virginia Meissner.

On to the Paulina adventure:

Let’s pose for a picture.



There we go. 🙂

John’s telling a good one outside of Tom’s cabin at Paulina Lake.

Skiing around the lake…

Marissa’s 40th and Snow!

Yay! Big snow for us, finally. And yes, I turned 40 on the 16th – 40 in years anyway. (I made this in homage to the long-awaited snow)


At Shevlin Park, we walked familiar trails. Just a week ago the paths were frozen ground covered in whispy pine needle remains, now they’re blanketed in weightless crystals. We kicked up our heels, hopped like kangaroos, and dared to cross the bridge that Ody curiously would not. Welcome 40!

Billiards, IMAX, Sled Rides, a Fiery Sunset, Cranium, and Cupcakes

We had a ball with my dad, sister, niece, nephew and their darling dog Ody. This post’s title covers some of the highlights of the trip: we played lots of pool, discovered (after a year of living here – ahem!) that we have an IMAX theater and saw high-flying MI4, took Summer and Everest up for an afternoon of daredevil sledding on an icy hill, strolled around Mirrorpond awed by the sky on fire, played Cranium until the wee hours on two mornings, and ate enough cupcakes from Ida’s Cupcake Cafe’ to give anyone a bellyache.

So. Much. Fun. – Come back soon!


Green Lakes Hike…Almost

Tumalo Falls Trail Hike

You might make a mistake if you drove to the Tumalo Falls trailhead and saw this…


then in just 1/4 mile you’re at the top of Tumalo Falls and see this…


You might turn around, get back in your car, and skip the 8-mile hike up to Happy Valley and back.

But if you stay and start up the Tumalo Falls trail, the next thing you know is silence all around you except for your own footsteps and the sound of rushing water. Scents of pine and warm earth fill your nostrils and each breath feels like it’s only yours, like you’re the only one who has ever breathed, and will ever breathe, that air. Your traveling companions along this trail are friendly faces of fellow hikers and dogs who smile at you in a knowing way – you wordlessly share that it’s such a privilege to see and smell and experience this place.