My friend Russell kindly invited me to a cabin in Twisp, WA. The invitation email also included the warning of an almost 2 mile hike up a mountain in order to get to the cabin. I had hiked longer and my mind was already spinning so I quickly committed to the challenge. From Seattle four of us, Russell, Kelley, Luke, and I, embarked on a long drive through a mountain pass and by several lakes and streams. We drove until we could go no more; the road leading to the cabin this time of year is covered in deep snow. We packed up our gear, turned on the head lamps and started out on what would be my first night hike.
The hike began fun. An interesting way to start a weekend. By the time we reached the steep part of the mountain there was over two feet of snow in our way. The second half of the hike was certainly brutal but the reward was great when we finally reached the top and made it inside the cabin.
Since we arrived at night there wasn’t much else to do but pour a glass of whiskey and start hacking card games to drinking games. Someone also brought out the box of cookies. A total of two bags of chips were devoured in a matter of hours. We stayed up too late talking about women’s rights and religion. Sleep would be sweet night one in Twisp.
We were up early, around 7 a.m. after only a few hours of sleep. The look outside was overcast so we figured a bit more shut-eye was in order. Unfortunately after we woke up the second time the clouds had moved in even closer and really limited our visibility. The good thing was we were all well rested after a bit of fuel, ready to play.
More like a mountain, or at the very least an extremely tall hill. It was quite amazing to finally see our surroundings after being in the dark on the way in. Our position felt like we were above the world with plenty to look at and fill our cameras with. We trekked around for a few hours trying to take it all in and stay warm at the same time. A sled run was built in waste deep snow and attempted numerous times until exhaustion overcame. Heading back inside it was time for sandwiches.
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For our crew sandwiches were the only way to go on a day like this. Luke brought the big guns; deli meats, cheeses, and avocados are his specialty. Combo’d with a few cold ones and a couple bags of chips we were in hoagie heaven.
In the evening we enjoyed making a fire in the outdoor fireplace. Tall tales were great company as we joked and rambled about life and its circumstances. A bit of smooth whiskey warmed our insides as the fire cooked us on the surface.
The hike out was done during the daylight which was nice. The area had accumulated a few inches of snow over night leaving us with even more breathtaking views as we made our descent. The fact that we were fairly remote was nice, it was quiet and who doesn’t mind a bit of hiking. We even had the chance to walk alongside a few deer who were making their way across a hill. We embarked on what would be an 8 hour journey home through two mountain passes in dangerous conditions. We made it home safely, and eased back into reality.