"Let's go somewhere snowy while I'm in town... you down?"
My best friend was visiting Seattle a couple weekends ago and what started as a fun idea of heading up to the snow, building a fire, playing some games and drinking coffee, quickly turned into your most typical Washington type of day. Of course none of us brought raincoats since we thought there would for sure be snow high enough on the pass, right? Haha, wrong.
We left somewhat early, grabbed some coffee and started driving east. We had heard the weather on i90 was pretty bad so we figured that we would make it to some snow before it got too icy. Well, the higher we drove, the more rainy it became. What started as a grand idea of heading to the snow with my friend visiting from Southern California, quickly became comical. Realizing the rain wasn't letting up anytime soon, we turned around at Snoqualmie Pass and started heading back towards Seattle. Around exit 42 we decided that being outside was potentially worth it.
We got off i90 and started driving up a small side road which quickly ran into a flooded stream. The water was completely covering the road and it was hard to tell how deep the water was. We all nervously debated whether or not it was worth it to cross it as we envisioned the car being swept away... this ended up being the funniest thing (maybe it was a 'you had to be there' type thing). The water looked like it was DEEP, but we decided the land rover could take it. Alas, we lived to tell the tale and the water felt like it was maybe two inches deep... this was the most anticlimactic experience ever. We pulled over on the side of the road and found this epic lookout. It was pouring rain. The second we got out of the car, we were drenched in our nice down jackets... We decided we weren't going to let the weather ruin our day so we started unpacking the car, built a fire and enjoyed some hot coffee. The experience and the laughs were worth the drenched jackets and soggy socks.
Living in Seattle I often decide not to get outside because of the weather. But when I do, I never regret it and am always thankful for the time spent with friends which can make any day of Seattle-y weather all worth it.
- Written by Allie Chandler
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