All In



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:




10 Comments on “All In

  1. This melted my heart on our first day of Winter. What a day to remember for the both of you. ❤️

  2. 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 ♡

    • 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 ♡

  3. 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.

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