The winter gloom really set in this week. The weather was consistently overcast and rainy, and I quickly lost my motivation to get outside for walks during the week. I've been burning a lot of candles these days to try to get through the long, dark nights. I'm really looking forward to longer days, when there will still be daylight left at the end of the work day, giving me more opportunities to get outside. Weeks ago, my mom had suggested spending inaguration day at their cabin in the mountains, completely off the grid. It sounded like the perfect escape, so Friday morning we packed up the car and headed off for the snow covered cabin. After a stop for lunch at Twede's in North Bend (aka the RR Diner from Twin Peaks) we were on our way. The last leg of our journey was a 1.5 mile snowshoe, since the road to the cabin isn't plowed in the winter, so after parking, we strapped on our snowshoes, shouldered our backpacks, and set off into the wintry wilderness.
Our lazy weekend was spent reading, playing cards, and snowshoeing in the woods around the cabin. At night, we were amazed by the silence and total darkness inside the cabin. We were only a short walk from I-90, but it felt like we were days away from civilization. While I would have loved to participate in the Seattle Women's March, a weekend away from the world was exactly what I needed to prepare myself for the disaster to come.