Shred the Gnar Your Heart Out

Baker

Mountain: Mt. Baker

Location: Bellingham, WA

After-Stay: 20+ friends in 2 cabins for the weekend? My kind of weekend!! I’d never been to Mt. Baker, so I was really excited to cruise the slopes with a bunch of my fave friends! First of all, the drive to Baker from Seattle is super easy – it was a fun 2-hour road trip with some crazies (complete with Disney song karaoke). Once we got to the ‘main’ cabin, our friends were about 6 drinks in, playing card games and board games, and everyone was amped up for the morning to get on the mountain. Half of us went to the other cabin which was…..interesting. It was a large and quaint house, but there were little touches that made it feel kind of like we were potentially in a horror movie. I’ll give you one example: you know those moniker signs that cabins have with last names or “Welcome to the Beach House”? This house had a wooden sign outside the front door, but all it said was, “AT GRAHAM’S YOU GET WHAT’S COMING TO YOU!” Ummmmm, it creeped us out a little bit, to say the least. Anyway, we got over it quickly with the help of a few beers and then we all passed out. Saturday morning we were up and at ’em so we could start our snowy day! The mountain was fantastic – a ton of lifts and the lines were never longer than a few minutes. I was boarding with a few friends that were all at the same skill level (level Awesome), so we had a super fun crew traversing the mountain. We ended up all the way over to the second peak. Did you know Baker had two peaks to ski on? I certainly didn’t. By the afternoon, we decided that it was time to head back to the lodge for a beer (we skipped lunch because we were having so much fun!). Looking at the map, we realized that we had to do about 4-5 runs to make it back. We were on a mission. Slight problem – one of the runs was a cross-country trail. Seeing as I was the only snowboarder in my group, I recommended we find a different way. Unfortunately, the skiers were determined and I began the trip on the cat-track. I was gliding for a solid 30 seconds until I came to a complete stop. Then began my 10 minute walk with board in hand. Womp wooooomp. I finally made it to the skiers and was definitely ready for the lodge. So to the lodge we went! We all posted up and had a couple beers – it was the perfect day.

That night everyone came to our cabin for a large potluck. We all brought some food and feasted on spaghetti and meatballs. The whole evening, some of us were cooking, some of us were playing drinking games, there were board games, and even a group of people doing riddles. At one point, I looked at my friend Pat and I commented on how we’re all playing games and having a great time with each other – and he replied, “This is what happens when we don’t have cell service!” It’s true – no one could be glued to their phone and it was AWESOME. At one point, the whole group of us worked on one riddle that took a good 30 minutes of questioning to figure out. But I just remember feeling so happy and like I was a kid again surrounded by my closest friends. Just pure fun. Hope this becomes an annual tradition!

Riddle: Four Prisoners with Hats

Link: Mt. Baker

Relax Your Heart Out

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Location: Priest Lake, ID

After-stay: Priest Lake is my happy place. I am 100% at peace when I’m sitting on the dock looking at Chimney Rock and feeling the crisp, clean water on my feet. I’ve been sitting here trying to think of words to describe it, and you know what? I can’t. So I won’t. The picture perfectly encapsulates the glory that is Priest Lake. Go. Only people who have been, know.

Link: My family’s old cabin