If you missed part 1, you can view it here.
On day 2, we hiked to Blue Lake. While the trail to the lake was pretty easy compared to the work we had put in the day before, I wasn’t satisfied with the straight on view where the trail ends.
What ensued was a long scramble up loose rocks (pictured above).
The payoff was well worth it. It definitely provided a different perspective that highlights the landscape and the color of the water.
Post hike dip.
Colors + textures.
Our lodging for the last two nights was outside of Winthrop at the Sun Mountain Lodge. This is the view heading up to the resort. WA state always finds a way to impress me.
The main pool at the lodge. It has an amazing view of the valley and Cascades.
Aside from pools, mtn biking, and hiking, the lodge is most well known for their ranch and horses.
You can go on guided tours or ride a wagon to a campfire lunch/dinner. The terrain and colors are amazing, and the staff is super friendly. If you’re a horse lover, I highly recommend a visit.
The chef preparing bbq chicken and ribs.
I ate a well balance meal of meat, followed by more meat.
Have kids? They have that covered with instruction on lasso roping or music by the campfire.
The ride down to the bbq.
Tea + coffee on the stovetop.
This is Red. She is in charge of the ranch, and is simply amazing with all the horses. She’s in total control, and I was mesmerized watching her corral the group.
Red with her horse named ‘Two Cents’.
Crazy, beautiful light.
I have an endless supply of images that I loved from this series. I just got lucky with beautiful light, good looking horses, and a willing subject. Thanks Red!
Rope swing at nearby Patterson Lake
Fly fishing on the Methow River
Trails for miles and miles. Soooo good!
Shoot wrapped and headed home. Stopped at the Diablo Lake overlook. The color of the water really is that green.
Thanks Jeffery, Yvonne, and everyone at Sunset for the amazing opportunity. I’m thankful and fortunate to get to experience my home state through my work. Thanks also to Luke, my assistant, for shlepping my heavy pack on all of our hikes!