From Sea to Shining......Rain Crust !

Oddly enough this past Saturday was our first time skiing in the state of Washington other than a few November laps up at Mt. Spokane.  Friday night we drove through a warm and soggy

Snoqualmie Pass

, on our way to visit a friend in

Blaine, WA

or is it Blaine, Canada...?  Our visit literally rocked as we spent the night on a sailboat (MARARA) in Dayton harbor about a rocks throw away from the US/Canadian border.  

Water Skies or Snow Skies?

The next morning we drove east on HW 542 to its dead-end point beneath the massive glaciated

Mt. Shuksan

. This was our first time in the area, and knowing that the conditions were going to be less then awesome... thanks to the

January thaw

!  Thus we planned on climbing to the saddle between Mazama Dome and  Table Top Mtn, which


(the key word as it was lightly snowing) provide a view of two north cascade "icons"

Mt Baker

and Mt. Shuksan.  

Our skin track in yellow.  After a brief but timely revealing of the "icons" we rode a similar line back down to the car through a nasty breakable crust :( 

Mt. Shuksan

Mt Baker

Enjoying Seattle after the less then awesome conditions on Saturdays tour