I feel so lucky to live in an area where a 30 minute drive can bring a complete change of scenery. We can get to the ocean, a beach, a forest, a bustling downtown, and more by driving a few miles. Although I’ve lived in Seattle for several years, I am still exploring new places all the time. Snoqualmie Falls is a popular place to bring out of town visitors but I’ve never been excited to visit myself. However on New Years Day, Jared and I found ourselves wanting to go out and experience something new. I figured Snoqualmie was a perfect spot because it’s such a short drive away. I forgot to check the weather somehow and didn’t realize that it would be snowy… Luckily, the roads weren’t bad at all and we had no problem getting there.
One slight problem. As soon as we got off the highway, the visibility was terrible. We were both nervous that we would get there and not be able to see anything. After a slippery walk to the viewing point, we saw that the paths were all roped off! Then slowly, one group by one started ducking under the rope and walking further on the path. So naturally, we followed. I’m so glad we did because the view was so much better despite the fog. I’m looking forward to coming back when it’s warmer and the visibility is better!
You can tell that the mist from the waterfall and the fog made for a hazy view of everything. You can barely see the Salish Lodge but it was still beautiful! The lodge was still decorated for Christmas so we stopped by. Since it was also (literally) freezing outside, we stayed in the gift shop for a bit to warm up and browse.
Due to the weather, it was a pretty short trip but we still had fun! Afterwards, we drove through Issaquah and stopped at IHOP. Hot coffee and fried foods made for the perfect treat in 30 degree weather.
Remember my life update last month? I wanted to share more personal posts on here and this is a start! I realized there is little benefit in always posting things that are so posed and scripted. Aiming for more balance between that type of posting and more candid, real posts. I’m still going to be doing collaborations with companies sometimes, but I’m definitely learning to say no to certain things. If I don’t like a product or brand, I don’t share it. Hope you will enjoy this semi-new direction I’m taking for 2017!
P.S. If there are any nearby spots around Seattle that would recommend I visit, please let me know!