Thursday, September 2, 2010

Up At The Cabin

A few weekends ago, Dan and I decided to head up to my Dad's cabin which is located near Mt. St. Helens.

We are so fortunate to have the cabin available to us. There is no cell phone service or internet connection. The cabin forces you to relax by the lack of modern distractions. I love it there.

Usually when we visit in the summer, we spend most of our time in the lake but it was a bit chilly for that. We decided instead to go exploring around the area, checking out some new places. The further you go into the forest, the tinier and less paved the roads become. We had a map with us so we felt confident in just seeing where the roads took us.

After awhile we came upon this vast field filled with huckleberry bushes. We decided to get out and pick some berries. If you've never had one, a huckleberry is like a smaller, less sweet blueberry. It takes a long time to pick enough to do anything with, but they are very yummy. I ended up making a blueberry and huckleberry crumble with mine and it was delish!

This was the view from the huckleberry fields. I had one of those moments up there where I felt really thankful that I live where I do. It is stunning.

I think Maddie liked it too. This is one of the best pictures I have ever taken of her. That is so perfectly her face and everything that I love about her.

On our way back to the cabin, we stopped at this view point. There she is: Mt. St. Helens. Breathtaking. Believe it or not, I have actually hiked to the top of that there mountain. I did it when I was about 14 or 15 and it was the hardest thing I have ever done, physically.

This guy was checking out the view too. What is it about big dogs - they never seem to realize just how big they are!

It was really fun to have a different kind of day up at the cabin. We can't wait until it starts to snow up there. They close some of the roads and you have to snow shoe in. I have never gone snow-shoeing and am excited to try.

Have a good one everybody!


  1. What a great place to getaway! Sounds like so much fun!


  2. What great pictures. Maddie looks so happy! I've never visited Mount St. Helens, but I plan to hopefully some day. And I love huckleberries too- they are divine.


  3. What beautiful photos! They're making me long for our fam's vaycay home in the App mountains in GA!


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