A Little (Si) Hike

Kristen, Jen and I drove over to Joe’s house to meet up before our hike. Ryan was going to meet us at the Green River trail, but the trouble was, we didn’t really know where the beginning of that hike was. And it was probably too far out for us to hike and get back to Ryan’s in time for the BBQ. So we opted to hike something we were a little more familiar with — Little Si. Joe, Kristen and I have been to this guy before, but it was Ryan and Jen’s first time doing a hike in the North Bend area. Little Si is a good introduction to the area.

We lucked out and got a spot in the front parking lot while we waited for Ryan to arrive. Soon enough we were on our way up. It was cold, but the sun was trying to peak out; all in all a beautiful morning.

Joe sitting atop a rock in the "Enchanted Valley".

Joe sitting atop a rock in the “Enchanted Valley”.

There’s a section of the hike I like to call Enchanted Valley, because when the sun shines through the trees you’re enveloped in a beautiful melody of trees and rocks and nature.

The crew hiking through the Enchanted Valley.

The crew hiking through the Enchanted Valley.

Sunlight peaking through the trees to brighten the place up.

Sunlight peaking through the trees to brighten the place up.

It must have snowed a bit before we got there, who knows when, but there was a dusting once we hit a pretty low elevation. The snow across the valley was just gorgeous.

I believe this is under Rattlesnake Ridge, but the snow was pretty pretty!

I believe this is under Rattlesnake Ridge, but the snow was pretty pretty!

Snow on Mt Si. We'll tackle you later, Mr. Si.

Snow on Mt Si. We’ll tackle you later, Mr. Si.

I will have to say, along with the hike being pretty awesome, the people we hiked with make it even more awesome. We had a good time.

I just like the way the mountain is lit up with snow behind them.

I just like the way the mountain is lit up with snow behind them.

Ryan getting some water as his glowing hair flows in the breeze.

Ryan getting some water as his glowing hair flows in the breeze.

Ryan is holding some ice while Jen and Kristen enjoy the views.

Ryan is holding some ice while Jen and Kristen enjoy the views.

Joe and I are starting a tradition of getting a photo of us “looking out” somewhere on each hike, pondering things as they may be. Here’s today’s:

Joe and I peering out over the mountain.

Joe and I peering out over the mountain.

By the time we got back to the car, the sun was out in full force and we spent a good half an hour sitting and laying in the parking lot soaking it up. When we got back to Joe’s I thought it would be a good idea to continue with that, so we laid out in his yard for a good while, too. Sun is so amazing.

Catching rays. We soon moved to the grass, where it was a little more comfortable.

Catching rays. We soon moved to the grass, where it was a little more comfortable.

This was the first hike I got to use my GPS on, and I think I figured out how to use it in its most basic form. Here’s a log of the hike uploaded to EveryTrail below. I definitely recommend downloading the Google Earth plugin and viewing it via Google Earth with the drop down menu in the top right. It’s fun to actually look around at something other than an bird’s eye view.

Anyway, after the hike we all headed over to Ryan’s new apartment to eat some shrimp and asparagus. The Rose family met up with us after they had a fun day at the Seattle Aquarium, and we all enjoyed eachother’s company and good food. Can’t spend a Saturday much better than that.