Mountain Loop Soaker
I went for a drive up the Mountain Loop Highway out of Granite Falls with expectations of finding a snow-free hike on a rainy day. *sorry for the fuzzy photos, I may have compressed too much*
There are still big patches of snow at about 1000 feet meaning all the side roads are blocked still. With the rain stopped briefly, Logan and I headed out down a closed road that parallels the highway on the other side of the river. We didn’s see any other people which was a relief. I just watched Logan run, and run, and run. She played in the river, played in the snow, mud, grass, bushes and chewed up about 100 sticks. I think she’s pretty happy now.
The rain came in not to long after hiking and stayed the entire time. At the car the temp was 38 when I got back so it was a cold rain indeed. Oh well, it was peaceful and very green. About 1/2 mile from the car the clouds began to part and I was able to get a view of the fresh snow covered peaks above the misty valley. That was definitely the hightlight of the day, seeing the sun!
Overall, it was a pretty day and an easy hike/walk and well worth the effort to get out:)