Memorial weekend is first and formost to remember and to appreciate. We remember those who have given their lives for our freedom and we appreciate the men and women serving our country today.
Secondly, Memorial weekend is a kick off for summer! I imagine the lake, sun, bathing suits, and cheeseburgers. It is when you get that first official sunburn of the season and eat as many things off the grill as possible. Seattle decided NOT to cooperate this year. The weekend rolled around and ‘yup’ it was mid-50’s and raining. Tim and I were determined to do something outside and add some adventure to our depressing spring (note: I am extremely dramatic about the weather this time of year). So, after watching several movies by mid-weekend, we pulled on our boots and gators and headed to Mount Ranier!
Mount Ranier is magical as it dramatically rises from sea-level in Seattle to the summit at 14,411 feet. You have to see it on a clear day to appreciate it’s glory. Well, Sunday was not one of those days and as we hiked along Rampart Ridge and looked out at the ‘viewpoint’ we were engulfed in a cloud subtly reminding us that we live in the Pac NW with each drop. As we hiked through packed snow I imagined that moment lakeside in a bikini sipping Mike’s hard lemonade and sighed (then I made Tim take a picture of me looking ticked in the snow).
I am thankful for our day of hiking and despite the continual rain and not seeing the mountain, I don’t regret it for a second. On a sunnier note, Monday afternoon around 3:00, after a long dreary weekend, the sun came out! All of Seattle meandered outside to soak up some Vitamin D. Thank you Seattlites for those of you who prayed for your cook out’s weather (yes, cook out, NOT bar b’ que – i stand my ground).
There are soooooo many things I am going to miss about living in Seattle, but the month of May is NOT one of them!!! Come on summer…