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Why I love Washington....

Before I was pregnant Jess and I would spend our summer hiking through Washington. We bought ourselves a hiking book and starting going page by page through it - hiking 3 or more times a week. Obviously that has changed but with Callie still in daycare we took advantage of a few days this summer and redid some of our favorites and tried some new ones. Everytime I head to the mountain I am instantly amazed at the beautiful state I live in. Here's some of our favorites.
How can you not be happy in a place like this?

Annette Lake

Annette Lake

The view on the hike to Crystal Lakes

The trail was a bit snow covered on the way but how could we not go for it?

Summerland - our lunch buddy

On the way to Panhandle Gap (just beyond Summerland)

Summerland

We ended up with a beautiful day - one of those Seattle days where it is cloudy all day until you go up into the mountains then it is crystal blue skies.

Okay....I'm not sure I would classify this as one of my favorite hikes BUT let's just say - it kicked my butt. I haven't been on a hike where I was so excited to see the car at the end for a very long time.....Granite Mountain did it to me! I think the person who made this trail didn't believe in switchbacks and decided just to make the trail straight up. 

Granite Mountain

Granite Mountain is a fire lookout - beautiful up there.

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