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Cutthroat Lake

Cutthroat Lake is a relatively easy hike located in the North Cascades with a beautiful lake as your end point. We ventured out early in the morning and as our reward we had the trail and then lake to ourselves. The North Cascades is one of my favorite places to hike because there are so many different hikes, the trails never seem to be overrun like they sometimes are along the I-90 corridor. 

Long weekend in the North Cascades

The North Cascades will always hold a special place in my heart. It is here where we sought solace after our son passed away. It is here where we made the first steps to picking back up the pieces of our life and creating happy memories again just the two of us. Being in North Cascades fills me with peace and reminds me how hope and love can get you through the most trying of times. Normally we come here for our son's birthday in October, but since we are expecting another little one in October we decided to come earlier rather than forgo our trip all together. It only seemed fitting to pair a baby moon of sorts with the celebration of our son's brief, but impactful life. 

Part Two: A weekend at Rolling Huts

Aside from spending all day cozied up in your Rolling Hut there is so much to see and do nearby. As is fairly evident; we are big fans of hiking. Washington Pass is a mere 10-15 minutes away from Rolling Huts and will give you an array of hiking trails to choose from. Blue Lake and Cutthroat Lake are some of our favorites. If strolling around a western town is more your speed there is the quaint town of Winthrop with shops, restaurants and a candy store we love. Further afield there are resorts where you can go on a sleigh ride, ski, spot wildlife, snowshoe or eat a delicious meal. 

Part One: A weekend at the Rolling Huts

This past weekend was spent in Mazama, one of our favorite places in the entire state of Washington. For those of you who have never heard of Mazama, it is located on the eastern slope of the North Cascades with a population of around 200. Mazama has a humid continental climate which means they have warm, dry Summers and cold snowy Winters. Scenery and weather wise this is my kind of place. Living in Seattle we have such temperate weather, we never feel the extremes like Mazama. It is nice to have a place to come which is a mere 3.5-4 hour drive from Seattle, but you feel like you are worlds away from home.