Today I finally made it to the mountains I am usually admiring from the city. Lake Twentytwo, a 5.4mile hike with a 1350ft elevation gain, led me through part of the North Cascades. The trail climbs through mountain rainforest, rocky, damp terrain and the most snow I have seen this winter. The hike up the mountain leads to Lake Twentytwo, the center of an alpine wetland in the northern shoulder of Mount Pilchuck.

As I made my way through the stone steps, moss, hemlocks and red cedars I took in a deep breath of the abundant life surrounding me. A much needed escape from the busyness of the city and a few hours to meditate with the earth. I cannot wait to continue to explore these mountains that regularly give me intense moments of awe and allow me to connect with the gratefulness of life.