This winter snow has been harder to find than normal up in the passes here in the northern part of western Washington. The snow came late, and ever since it did show up, there’s been a whole glob of rainy days to muck it all up. It’s been so warm that the passes are fairly clear, and many of the waterfalls that are typically giant cascading sheets of icicles are still free flowing down the rock face. But I’m a determined photographer. This weekend, I had plans to take Candy and her son Jamie out to Steven’s Pass for some family photos in the snow. A quick check of the forecast the night before, however, let me know that wasn’t going to happen. So we mulled over our plans. Pick somewhere else where it wasn’t raining? Both UW and the glass museum in Tacoma came up as potential options. But I could tell that the snow was really what Candy had her heart set on. So I checked the weather for Leavenworth. Clear skies, and a good layer of snow still on the ground (just not the roads – double win!). It was a race against the clock (and the setting sun) to get there in time to get what we needed.
As we drove through the pass along Hwy 2, it was a bit surreal to see the swath of blackened sticks, remnants of what used to be glorious evergreens, poking up out of the snowy hillsides. I’d been through the area early this winter, before there was much snow. The damage of this summer’s Carlton complex fires were nowhere near as evident then. Now it was impossible to miss.
We stopped at a little store promising homemade fudge, just outside of Leavenworth. There was access to the riverbank there, and we snapped up a few photos before heading into town. Once into Leavenworth, we headed down to the riverfront parks for a few more photo ops just as the sun began setting. After wrapping up, we grabbed some dinner and hit the sledding hill. Because you cannot go to Leavenworth in the winter with kids and not hit the sledding hill. :)