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Ada the Dog and I took a trip to Gifford Pinchot National Forest this weekend. It was tragic. But adventurous.

We decided to go for a hike. I wanted to go to an amazing place called High Rock that was supposed to have a breathtaking view of Mount Rainier.

On the way there we got lost. So I decided to take what my guide book called the “hard way” to the trailhead. I thought “hard way” would mean that it went a little way out of the way. However, I soon realized that it was hard because of this:

That’s right. We were essentially off-roading on a road.

Anyway, after approximately 30 minutes of that craziness, we reached this:

snow covering the road.

So. I am not afraid of driving in the snow. (I’m from Minnesota). However, I am afraid of getting stuck in the snow when all alone in a National Forest with no cell phone service. So I wasn’t about to drive this. We couldn’t get to the trailhead to do the hike that we wanted without dominating the snow, so I decided to take another road that supposedly let to another hike.

Till I reached this:

More snow blocking the road.

I decided at this point that we should just “hike” the road since I couldn’t find a trail. I decided to make the best of it. It really wasn’t what I had hoped for, but Ada the Dog looked adorable in the snow:

So we walked along. And then…unexpectedly….we found a trailhead!!

I was excited to see that there were no fresh tracks in the snow, which made me happy since I knew that no one would be mad that Ada the Dog was off the leash. Then I thought about how it was just the right time of year for sleepy bears to wake from hibernation and be hungry for gray dogs. Or peach girls. I was a little frightened about that.

But we continued on till we reached an amazing waterfall. It was gorgeous!

I tried to get a photo of Ada and I with the waterfall using the timer. It didn’t work so well.

I couldn’t figure out where the trail went after the waterfall. (The snow made it a little tricky to figure out where the trail was). And then I saw it:

Oh. There’s the trail! Just beyond the rapids!

Yep. There’s the trail! On the other side of the water.

I took off my shoes to go across. But then reconsidered after dipping a toe in.

Oh. Water that came from melting snow is ice cold? How odd.

So, we turned around and went back to the car.

We hiked more on the road than we did on the trail. Pretty disappointing.

We still had fun though!

On the way home we stopped in a little town with a tiny German church.

And a beautiful lake with mountains behind it.

Ada refused to cooperate with the picture. Look at her tantrumming.

Here Ada is cooperating…a little…

And Ada the Dog nearly got hit by a train!

Oh no!!! Who will save Ada the Dog???

I rescued her at the last second!

I saved the day, of course.

What an adventure!

What adventures did you have this weekend?

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