I fell asleep last night thinking about my first sunrise hike up Rattlesnake in months. I didn’t go solo this summer, instead spending my precious time at Mt Rainier. I briefly considered taking Yoda, but quickly changed my mind. Night is always when the worry and fear kick in.
When I climbed out of bed at 4:40 AM, a solo trip was still part of my plan. I made coffee and collected my things. I took the garbage out, prepped Kelly’s ice machine and moved my clutter from the kitchen to the art room. I started the dryer with last night’s wash and made some tea for the top of Rattlesnake.
Then it hit me like a train …
I HAD to take Yoda. Of course I did.
All my questions and worry were useless information without having had the experience of taking him in pitch black, frigid cold. So I got him up and asked him if he wanted to go for a ride with Mama.
“All in ”
If he could have said it, he would have. His tail said everything, though his paws on my thighs and those big brown eyes spoke volumes too. So I grabbed water and treats, poop bags and his new luminescent harness.
Officially 4 mile hike, but we explored the dry Rattlesnake lake bed too. We made it to the first ledge for sunrise. He’s a little tentative in the pitch dark, but as the first light began to glance off of trees he picked up his pace. He’s a little rockstar full of muscle, sass and sweetness. We had a lovely morning together ♡ God, I love this dog.
Here was our day:
Thanks so much, Jess ♡ He just loved it ! Might have to take him agsin soon !
This melted my heart on our first day of Winter. What a day to remember for the both of you. ❤️
Awesome pictures! Glad Yoda enjoyed it as well! He sure is cute!
He’s my little rockstar ☆
What a great day with your cutie. A good motivation to be outside not only for you but for your best friend as well. Love the pictures.
Thanks, Kelly. You would just love him if you met him. He’s really amazing and he definitely has the hiker mentality ! Thanks for reading ♡
What a trouper!!! Yoda is my hero, and each shot of him here is a winner! What a wonderful outing for you both!🏅💟🐾🐾
He surprised me a little by his endurance today. He kept pushing up, up, up … I loved his energy. And he really IS photogenic ! Love him so much ♡
Sweet. I’m so impressed by your winter hiking. I have no desire. Zip. I don’t even want to leave the house; though I’m glad when I do. Sort of. Hike on.
It’s not until I get a hit of that cool morning air that I’m certain I made the right choice. But after that, it’s always better than I remember. I love early winter hikes and pretty sure Yoda will too.