|View of Mt. Si just outside Snoqualmie|
|The Haystack at the very top of Mt. Si|
The hike to Mt. Si is not for the faint of heart. The entire four miles is a climb through shaded forests with rays of sunlight only catching you through the small parting of leaves on the many trees. Once we were able to push the thoughts of the intensity of the incline out of our heads, it became a rather mindless hike. The trail is very well marked, maintained and traveled.
Fall is a beautiful time to be hiking this trail. The golden yellows, bright reds and oranges of the changing leaves, contrasted by the lush green of the landscape, rivals any leaf-peeping in the Northeast. We lucked out and had a clear day with blue skies once we reached the top. The elevation gain requires layering. The hike up kept us nice and warm, but the peak and hike back down was chilly and down right cold.
|Valley views from the top of Mt. Si|
It's rocky a the top but we easily scrambled up to find a picnic spot with breathtaking views. Be weary of the angry birds though, they are often fed and one almost snagged a piece of bread right from my mouth.
If you go, stop by the Snoqualmie Brewery and Taproom just off the main street for a post-hike snack and a sampler of some local Washington brews.
|What was the Great Northern in Twin Peaks|
For Twin Peaks fanatics like us, take this 30 minute drive west of Seattle into North Bend and discover the many sites of the show. An amazingly thorough and detailed map of the Washington filming locations is housed on the In Twin Peaks site. There is even an annual Twin Peaks Festival celebrating the series each August with guest appearances by some of the actors. I hate to admit it, but I'm actually really intrigued by this 150-person event.
Have you been to the sites of a favorite television show? Have they lived up to your great expectations?