Winter Hike

Surprisingly it was sunny when I got up last Saturday morning in February. My husband and I immediately started to think of a plan on that day. We don’t want to miss any outdoor activity on a sunny day especially in winter. After we thought about 15 minutes, we decided to go to Poo Poo Point where is 30 minutes drive from our house.

This was the 2nd time we hiked this mountain. The last time was in fall a few years ago, and we took our dogs to the hike. Although we had to carry our dogs through the entire hike, we were still glad to see the dogs were happily playing in the meadow on top of the mountain. However, my husband and I agreed to go hiking just two of us this time.

When we arrived a trailhead, we could see the snow on top of the mountain and we didn’t expect that. The trail was fine to walk easily in the beginning, but it got muddy a little because of the melting snow. It was cold and the air was clean and fresh. The fresh air was so good to our heated body from the hike. The more we went up to higher elevation, the more snow we could see on the trees. It was so beautiful with the white snow on the green moss on the trees. I’ve never hiked in the snow before and it was a completely new experience and I loved it. Well, there was not much snow in the trail so it was fine.

About one hour later, we made to top of the mountain and the view was beautiful. There were clouds and the sun peeked a little. The low clouds made the view mysterious and even more beautiful. My husband and I played with snow and took some pictures, then we headed to the other side of top of the mountain.

The other side offers another beautiful view with less clouds. This place is also popular for paragliding. People hike and fry from this spot. I was able to see the moment of the frying with other hikers and it was amazing the blue paraglide frying in the white snow. The cold fresh air, beautiful snow view, and colorful paraglider made me so happy and I am glad we came to this mountain to hike. It was a happy day to discover unexpected beautiful views.

2月の最後の土曜日の朝、起きたら予期せぬ晴れの天気予報。なかなか冬場にお天気の良い週末が巡ってくることは少ないのですぐに旦那と山へハイクに行こう決めました。家から車で30分ぐらいのプープーポイントという登山トレイルへ。実はこの山は今回2回目の登山。前回は2年前の秋に二匹の愛犬を連れ立って。でも足の短いダックスフンドにはちょっと登山は無理。結局、ずっとバックパックに入れて背負って登山をしました。でもあの子達が山頂の野原で楽しそうに遊んでるのを見たら疲れも吹っ飛び連れてきてまあ良かったかなと。でも今回は旦那も私も犬抜きで行こうと意見一致。

登山の入り口のトレイルヘッドに着くと驚いたことになんと山の上の方はまだ2週間前に降った雪がまだ残っていた。登り初め、雪は全く無く問題無し。途中から雪解けのためかトレイルは所々で泥でビチャビチャになっていた。そしてだんだん雪が木々の上やトレイルの脇に見え始めた。上に登り続けるにつれ体は熱くなり汗が。冷たく透き通った山の空気のなんと気持ちのいいこと。

1時間程で山頂に着きました。山の下では晴れていたけれど山頂からの景色は低い霧のような雲が所々に立ち込め、雲の切れ間から太陽が顔をのぞかせてるよう。でもその景色がなんか幻想的でとても綺麗でした。しばらくそこで旦那と雪で遊んだり、写真を撮ったりして同じ山頂の違う側へ向かいました。ここは先の場所より雲が少なく下の景色が良く見えました。またここはパラグライダーの人気スポットでパラグライダーの人達はここまで登って飛び立ちます。私たちの他にもたくさんのハイカー達が見物していました。真っ白の雪の中での色鮮やかな数々のパラグライダーたち。本当に綺麗でした。朝、この山に行こうと決めた時、まさか雪が残ってるなんて、まして雪の中でのパラグライダーが見れるなんて思ってもいなかったのでなんか余分に得した気分になりました。小さな幸せを少し多めにもらった感じです。

What I Love in Snow Day

The snow started falling last night and I saw a winter wonderland from my window when I woke up this morning. We don’t have much snow in Seattle and this is a big snow day for everyone. Although snow was still falling, people and dogs were out playing in the snow. Our miniature dachshund, Cocoa and Haru are not so sure about snow. Their legs are too short to play in the deep snow. So my husband and I decided to leave them in a warm bed and headed to out for an adventure in the snow.

I wanted to go a lake or a beach to see a snow view but it was risky to drive there so we just took a walk around our neighborhood. We went to a college campus where we often take our dogs. This campus is a nice size to walk around and we can enjoy a variety of plants and trees. There is a modern architecture church and other beautiful campus buildings.

The whole campus was covered with fresh snow and it was so beautiful. I took some pictures and found a dead hydrangeas. The brown colored tiny flowers were so pretty in the white background. I’m took it and tried to take some pictures. There is a reflection pond in front of the church and it was half frozen. I gentry placed the dead flower on the surface and found it so beautiful. When I walk with my camera, there is a moment which I randomly discovered something to take a picture and it turned really good. That is one of my happiest moment.

We took some more pictures and headed to my favorite doughnut shop. It would be nice to have a cup of coffee and a doughnut in a warm house after walking in the snow, but I found the empty glass case in the shop. A guy who was behind the counter said “no doughnut today, but you can get a coffee”. I was disappointed but we decided to make a nice grilled sandwich for lunch and we got piccolo combo bread and chicken salad in a market. At home, we added whatever we have like baby spinach and shredded cheese to make sandwich. After grilled the sandwich turned golden and crisp with melted cheese.

My husband and I ate warm sandwich with a cup of coffee. The snow was still falling outside of the window, and everything was white and pretty. We enjoyed watching a beautiful snow view in our warm kitchen and talked about the morning walk in the snow and the pictures we took. I love to experience snow by seeing, touching, smelling, taking pictures. Then I love to have a hot cocoa or coffee in a warm place with beautiful snow view, of course. A small happiness in snow day.

昨夜から降り始めた雪。朝には街が真っ白に雪化粧をしていました。あまり雪の降らないシアトルでこの冬初めての大雪。まだ粉雪が降り続けているにもかかわらずたくさんの人が外で散歩したり、写真を撮ったり、犬と遊んだりしてました。残念ながらうちの愛犬ココとハルはあまり雪が好きではありません。足が短過ぎて冷たい雪に埋まって身動き取れなくてなってしまうんです。特にココは老犬のため、犬達は暖かいベッドに残して旦那と二人で雪散歩に出掛けることにしました。

本当は湖や海岸へ行きたかったのですが、さすがに今日はドライブは避けた方が正解。近所の大学のキャンパスへカメラを持って歩いていくことにしました。キャンパスは大き過ぎず散歩に丁度いいサイズ。様々な植物や木々があったり、モダンな建築の教会、古い建築の建物などがあります。

キャンパスに着くとここも真っ白な世界でした。雪の上に落ちている茶色く枯れた紫陽花の一枝に目が留まりました。花びらが赤茶色に枯れててもしっかり花の形は残してる。真っ白な雪にその赤茶色が映えてて思わず手に取り色々と写真を撮ってみました。先程書いた教会の前にリフレクションの池という名の場所があります。水面は半分以上半凍りの状態で私はそっと紫陽花の花を凍った部分と水の部分に置いてみました。なんだかそれが凄く幻想的に見えてカメラをパチリ。写真を撮ることで楽しい事の一つは思いかけず偶然に面白いものや構図を見つけて満足のいく写真を撮れた時。一番楽しい瞬間です。

もう少し写真を撮りながら散歩して、帰りにお気に入りのドーナツ屋さんへ。寒い散歩の後のコーヒーとドーナツは最高です。お店に行ったらいつも美味しそうなドーナツが並んでるガラスケースが空っぽに。お店のお兄さんが、今日はドーナツは無いけどコーヒーはあるよって。がっかりしたけどすぐ気を取り直し、じゃあグリルサンドイッチを家で作ろうと、スーパーでバゲットとチキンサラダを買って家へ。家にあった野菜やチーズも加え、こんがり焼き色がついてカリカリのグリルチキンサラダサンドイッチが出来上がりました。

ホットコーヒーとサンドイッチ。旦那と一緒に散歩の時の事を話したり写真を見ながらランチを楽しみました。窓の外はまだ粉雪が舞っています。雪の日に雪を思いっきり楽しむ。雪を踏む時の感触、冷たさ、冷たいけど透き通った空気、そして写真を撮って。冷えた手足を暖かい部屋で雪を見ながらホットコーヒーやココアを楽しみながら温める。そんな風に一日を過ごせるのは最高に幸せですね。雪の日の小さな幸せ。