We are already in the middle of February and spring’s almost there! Like every new year, this one too seems going too fast! Seattle has seen a different winter this year with never ending rains, bright days and heavy snow fall(totally reminded me of my chilly Philly winters). But, as I sit down on a Sunday morning sipping hot coffee, I am reminded of one of the beautiful weekends my family and I spent in Steven’s pass this month. Though snow was nothing new for me, seeing a soft white quilt spread across the backyard is always a sight which turns a frown upside down and makes me want to play outside like a child.
To be honest, one of the biggest advantages of living in Washington state is the myriad number of day trip options. And when you have parents visiting, we cannot think of a better way to spend the weekend that a short trip in and around Seattle and we ventured out on a snowy Sunday!
The first stop was Steven’s Pass, a ski resort in the Cascade mountain region. This place is just about 2 hours away from Seattle and the drive is so picturesque that each minute of the drive is worth it!!!
This place is a heaven for skiers (not that i am one) as you can find a ski pad for beginners, amateurs and professionals. They also have classes for folks like me, who may be interested to learn(sometime). But for us this time, especially the parents, experiencing the snow for the first time was rather more exciting than the actual act of skiing!
We were all super excited with the snow and really wanted to capture the fun! As you see from the pictures, it was snowing so heavily and it was so cold that we could not take out the fancy cameras to capture the beauty and happiness on each others faces. And I could not let the childlike excitement in the parent’s faces go un-captured. Wohooo… I have a solution to feel warm yet click away with my phone!!! All thanks to my tech friendly warm gloves from URpowered. I really could feel warm in the gloves and could take loads of pictures at the same time.
We spent just about an hour there. Sometime on the snow and for a while, sipping hot chocolate from the cafe at the resort and looking at the skiers. It was just a matter of time before the parents told us about their stories from Shimla, Manali and Kashmir(the snowy places in India). I guess there is always time and space for deja vu!!! 🙂
After this we headed down to Leavenworth, which is about half hour further from Steven Pass. For those of you who have not been to this town, it is a must see especially during the evenings. If you are like me who enjoys quiet walks, this cozy German town has lots to offer. However my two cents, please avoid the the holiday season, as this ghost-town gets really busy and will end up resembling an Indian mela, which is not a bad thing, but its just not for me. Coming back to our visit, we strolled the quiet streets for a while, and even squeezed in wine-tasting, a visit to the ginger bread bakery and an evening snack in the only Indian restaurant in town. Guess you can never take chai and pakodas out of a desi itinerary. After we ran out of shops and things to do, we just went to the town center just in time to see the streets lit up with lights, which can bring back memories of Christmas, yet realistic enough to keep you grounded and remind it’s February.
We then headed back home driving super carefully on the icy roads only to find that it was almost Monday!!! 🙂 Well now, its time to think of Monday again and await Spring! Happy Sunday and a great week ahead!! 🙂 🙂
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– Signing off
SuchetaFebruary 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm
Hello Lakshmi, I came across your blog and I must say – AMAZING Post! This was exactly what I was looking for from past 2 months. I cannot wait to visit this place based on all the points you mentioned in your post. Thank you! 🙂
LakshmiFebruary 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm
Thank you Sucheta! I am glad the post helped you 🙂
SalmaFebruary 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm
Looks like you’ve been enjoying the snow this year! We have the same weather since our cities are neighbours 🙂
LakshmiFebruary 23, 2017 at 4:38 pm
Oh ya.. since its just now and then, i tend to enjoy it more 🙂 Plus, Seattle almost comes to a stand still, when there is snow and that gives me a chance to be home!!