Cascades

Barclay Lake

This post is late, we hiked this on July 4th, but hey, life gets busy.

Barclay Lake had been on my hiking list and it was pretty close to where we were staying for the fourth, so we woke up early the morning of to set off to do it.

The glimpses of the mountains around us as we hiked were beautiful. A freezing river runs next to part of the trail and I was able to wade partly across to a small island. 

We didn't spend much time at the lake, one of my friends had to get back to study for a test, but the lake was beautiful. 

Where have you hiked to lately?

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Annette Lake Hike

I have a list of hikes I'd like to do, and when the opportunity to hike Annette Lake came up, I jumped at it. We started out around 7:45, there was still room in the parking lot on a Saturday, but not a ton! So be there early if you're wanting to find a space near the trailhead.

I hiked a short .75 mile nature loop while I waited for my friends. When they arrived, we started on the actual trail.

I was more out of shape than I thought I was but the lake was so beautiful. I wish I'd brought a book; I could have sat there all day. Lake Serene may have been a touch more magical, (it may have also been the company) but Annette Lake was fantastic.

Northwest Pearls: Annette Lake
Northwest Pearls: Annette Lake
Northwest Pearls: Annette Lake
Northwest Pearls: Annette Lake
Northwest Pearls: Annette Lake
Northwest Pearls: Annette Lake
Northwest Pearls: Annette Lake
Northwest Pearls: Annette Lake
Northwest Pearls: Annette Lake
Northwest Pearls: Annette Lake

I'm so lucky to live in such a beautiful area. What are some hikes you love to do?

Weekend Trip to Lake Wenatchee Part One

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Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

Some friends of ours have a cabin up on Lake Wenatchee and we had the opportunity to stay there one weekend in January.

On our way up we stopped for dinner at Benjarong Thai Restaurant in Monroe, WA. It was so yummy! If you like Thai, you should check it out.

We got up to the cabin late Friday, started a fire to keep us warm, and just chilled. After waking up early the next morning, we got ready and went snowshoeing. I definitely need better gloves for next time I'm out in such cold weather. My fingers were freezing the whole time. The rest of me was fine though at least.

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

FYI This was the adventure that I realized I needed a Merino Wool Buff and not an annoying scarf with ends that wouldn't stay out of my way. Here's another Merino Wool Buff option. I got the first because it's on sale.

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

Before and after snowshoeing we drove around a little bit too and explored the area around the lake. I'd love to have a small cabin up in the mountains for adventures like this. It's so beautiful.

Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee
Northwest Pearls: Lake Wenatchee

After snowshoeing and driving around we went back to the cabin to warm up and change to go to Leavenworth which I'll talk more about in Part Two of this blog post.

Where's your favorite place in the Cascade Mountains?