Last week we had that chance to get a few days out of town with our good friends the Doerrs. In a last minute thought, I got a hold of Roslyn Properties and they had this house for rent at Suncadia. 4 bedroom, 3 bathrooms, game room, etc. Sounds like the perfect option for us. As luck would have it, the weather decided to act up. The night before we left, about 4 in of snow fell in the mountains, and in the morning tractions tires were required to get over the pass. We had to google what a "traction tire" is to see if we had them and if we needed to get some chains. As we pulled away from West Seattle, we had decided to make a pit stop in North Bend, and good thing, because I-90 had just closed! oh boy, here we go. By the time we got to North Bend, the pass had re-opened, and the snow had stopped...but as we looked over to the west a storm was looming so we decided to get going.
Our drive over the pass was pretty uneventful, with the exception of having to stop to fix our windshield wiper, which was literally barely hanging on. We rolled into Suncadia and found the house. It was exactly what we expected, and started to settle in.
A little light snow started to fall so we decided to head into town for some "supplies"...and by the time we got back to the house, there was a legit 1-2 inches of snow on the ground. The kids immediately threw on their snow gear (which was a last minute add to the list) and headed out to the golf course. The house was about 20 yds from the 4th hole, and a nice small slope..the whole 4th fairway was quickly covered and the kids got to work on their snowman!
By the AM, we had a good 4-5 inches on the ground, with some steady flurries....The kids headed outside right after breakfast and we played for HOURS. By early afternoon, the sun came out and we had a giant snowball fight before all the snow started melting away. With the sun out we headed out on a drive up to Lake Cle Elum and along the way we came across a heard of Elk feeding on the hillside. Our car missed them on the way up, but we snapped a few pics on the way back...pretty cool to see.
For dinner that night we headed to one of our long time favorite spots, Village Pizza in Roslyn. We used to always go there when we went rafting on the Yakima river. They are famous for having Trivial Pursuit cards all over, and more importantly honey for the pizza crust. We wrapped up the day by checking out the Suncadia lodge, which was also pretty cool. By that time, almost all the snow was gone, and the views were pretty amazing. This is a shot of the Cle Elum river from the back side of the Suncadia lodge...I started to get the itch to grab a fly rod and go fishing!
The next morning we had to up and out pretty early, but we had a small little delay when the power went out about 7am. We headed into town for a nice small town breakfast, then packed up and headed out. On the way home we stopped by Snoqualmie falls for a quick visit. Unfortunately there had been an incident with a lot of search and recovery activity, so we couldn't see a lot, but we got a couple pics of the amazing falls. An awesome couple days with great friend and family for Spring break.