After Stumptown, we headed to Pike Place Market to check it out since it was still early in the day.
After filling all of that info out, we finally headed towards the trailhead, which began 2 miles from the info board. Once we started the actual Blanca Lake hike, we got to see some amazing views!
I stood here, 4600 ft. above sea level, speechless & in tears from being in awe of the view. The way I felt about the view is the same exact feeling I get when I’m standing in front of a Monet or Degas painting. It’s the feeling of seeing something so beautiful that the term “beautiful” doesn’t even do it justice. Sometimes there just aren’t words to describe that. I just found myself standing there in tears, taking in the view while listening to one of my favorite songs, & thinking about my dad. One of the things that motivated me was how much I wanted to be closer to him. Tears were rolling down my face & my insides were screaming, “Do you see me now Dad?! I’m right here!” (waves) “You’re right! Nothing compares!!!!”
Once you reach the top & have to hike through a bit of snow, you’ll reach this first lake which isn’t Blanca Lake. I forgot the name of this one!
You hike a little bit past this first lake & you finally reach Blanca Lake!
11.5 miles round trip (because the trailhead parking was closed off) with 3145 feet of elevation gain. You know what’s fun about a hike that’s straight incline the entire time? NOTHING. LOL. Jeremiah & I finally did a hike that’s harder than that mudslide one we did in Hawaii last year. I honestly can’t feel my legs right now, but the view is absolutely worth it. The photos don’t even do it justice. The place was so majestic & beautiful. There were actually a lot more people here than I expected. I’m thankful they were there because I didn’t feel comfortable being one of the only ones out there when the sun started to go down. We saw two rangers & a couple of people camp out near the lake, so that made me feel better too.
Jeremiah jumped in & couldn’t take how cold it was. I only dipped my feet in a little bit.
& congrats to the newly engaged couple here! I almost teared up because idk..proposals make me tear up. haha. They hiked a little bit with us.
|you can see the couple on the left|
We left Blanca Lake & hiked back up before sundown. Once we FINALLY reached the car, I wanted to cry tears of joy tbh. My legs were sooooo dead.
I’m still in shock (& in pain) that I did an 11.5 mile hike round trip, with 3145 feet of elevation gain, & straight incline the entire time. This is definitely something you should put on your bucket list. If a french bulldog, a guy in vans, & a guy in jeans can do it, you can too!
After Blanca Lake, we had it on our itinerary to eat at McMenamins, but we couldn’t make it in time so we picked up mexican food at Moctzeuma since it was on the way & one of the only things still open since we came back so late.
- bring cash
- I have a 32oz Hydroflask that lasted me this entire hike. I’ll try to do a separate post of what I bring on my hikes/adventure trips
- If you buy a new pair of hiking shoes, make sure you break them in first before doing a strenuous hike to avoid blisters
- If your hike has possible run-ins with snow, make sure your shoes can handle hiking through snow (I wore my waterproof, ankle-high hiking boots)
After Snoqualmie, we checked our itinerary & we listed checking out Pioneer Square, but we were hungry & decided to do something else.
After eating poke, we headed to the Everyday Music store. They didn’t have a wide hip-hop selection like the one in Portland.
After the Everyday Music store, we walked across the street to check out the Elliott Bay Book Company store. It was a cute bookstore & I took photos of these cards because they either made me giggle or grin.
After the bookstore, we walked to Molly Moon’s ice cream shop.
Jeremiah & I spent the evening in before heading out to try & take photos of the milky way, but we stopped to grab milk tea first.
After grabbing milk tea, we headed 20 miles away from the city to take photos of the milky way since the moon is gone, but it was cloudy so we just headed back.
Evening wasn’t that great. It’s okay. Hopefully tomorrow will be better!
There’s a small souvenir shop 30 minutes away from Cannon Beach that sold Goonies merchandise. We thought there would be a wider selection, but they only had a few things. After Astoria, we made our way to Washington.
Once we finally arrived in Washington, we parked & checked in for our reservation at the Space Needle restaurant. Once we got seated, I felt super nauseous because I didn’t know it was a revolving restaurant & I have motion sickness so I couldn’t even look out the window ): It was an unpleasant dining experience for me.
After dinner, Jeremiah & I made our way upstairs to check out the view & take a few photos. There were just too many people up there so we didn’t stay very long. If I would ever go back to Washington again, I would definitely skip the Space Needle & do something else. I wasn’t impressed at all. It seemed so much cooler when I was a kid. (shrugs).
After the Space Needle, Jeremiah & I went to the Pike Place Market. We didn’t get the chance to walk around the whole thing because by the time we got there, a lot of the shops were closing up. It was kind of an unpleasant experience there as well because everyone was just everywhere, people kept pushing & shoving others, etc. It’s definitely a tourist spot. The market seems cute to shop for groceries, but other than that, I wasn’t that impressed by it. It honestly just reminds me of the markets back at home.
We stopped by the gum wall alley & took a few photos. Interesting alley, but super gross. lol.
First day in Washington wasn’t that great, but it’s okay. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.
Pike Place Market
During the road trip back home
The Walking Dead also comes back tonight! Also, new episodes of OUAT, KUWTK, & DD!