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Maple Pass Loop — PNW Living // Methow Valley Photographer

Maple Pass Loop.

I didn’t really plan to go hiking the day after Natalie & Sam’s wedding. But when I asked them at the rehearsal dinner about a couple good Methow Valley hiking spots, they both recommended the Maple Pass Loop. So much so, that they told me H shouldn’t do the hike on Saturday, but we should go together on Sunday.

They promised it was easy, and even though it was 7.2 miles long, it was worth it.

I felt like I was going to die. At least a dozen times. We started early to “beat the crowds” — spoiler alert: we saw less than a dozen people during our hike — and to beat the heat. We also started early so that we wouldn’t be too late checking out of our hotel.

What I learned on my first hike after at least a decade:

  1. European hikes are better, because Europeans put little cafes on the top of mountains. Hiking = cake. Awesome.
  2. After about a mile, I started telling Hubert about the breakfast I wished I’d eaten: bacon, eggs, pancakes and a side of fruit. I’m always hungry the morning after a wedding, but wedding hangover + hiking resulted in me craving a diner breakfast.
  3. H is the best. He hauled my camera around so that I wouldn’t have to carry anything. And he kept encouraging me.
  4. I’d forgotten how amazing it is to be completely along, with no one around (at one point, H went ahead of me to scout something out) and without any devices to amuse me. It’s so peaceful.
  5. Climbing a mountain, hiking 7.2 miles, and doing it all before noon leaves you feeling pretty accomplished. Doing so the day after a wedding, then sitting in a car for 4 hours to drive home, leaves you sore enough to swear you’d never move again.

Maple Pass Loop is amazing. Even in the fog, when you can’t see the mountains in the distance, you’ll love it. The last three photos were taken by H, on his phone.

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Lizz & Ken // Sandpoint Backyard Wedding — Preview

I went out and bought some extra umbrellas on Saturday morning, because the weather forecast called for wind, rain, smoke, and haze. And I figured I should be prepared to at least some of that weather. And there was crazy wind, with terrible visibility because of smoke and haze on my way to Sandpoint, and it started to rain shortly after I arrived. But, just before the ceremony started, the sun came out. And it was perfect.

Lizz & Ken picked August 29th for the full moon, and they were amazingly patient to get that last shot. It’s a bit out of my comfort zone, with so many moving parts, but I had a blast working with them to get it. Thanks you two, for having me along!

More to come!

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One for Friday // Destination Wedding Photographer

It’s been a crazy week, both for me personally, and for the nation at large. I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to go outside and not see smoke. To not worry about my family and friends out there, whose homes are in danger, and who are fighting these fires. I’m saddened to wake up every day and hear more about violence on TV. I’ve gotten to the point where, lately, I rarely watch TV because I just don’t want to know.

The rest of the photos of our adventures hiking in the North Cascades will be up next week, but I had to share this photo H took of me. I’m totally in my element here, surrounded by nature and holding a camera. On a hike that I might not get to do next year because the whole area is on fire. It’s been a rough summer, you guys.

Happy Friday, I hope you have an awesome weekend. <3

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