Snowshoeing and Weekend Links

This past week really reinforced why we decided to move to Seattle from Chicago. Take the weather, for example. The temperature in Seattle has been in the 40s and 50s and Clara and I took walks and went to the playground and the zoo this week… yes it was a bit ton rainy, but we don’t melt. In Chicago, however, the temps were in the single digits. Thanks, but no thanks.

Snoqualmie Pass Washington

We also went snowshoeing for the first time on Monday. Now let me tell you, I’ve loved Seattle since we moved here in October, but I really loved it when I realized that after a quick drive we can be in snow-covered mountains. I mean, it’s amazing. The scenery was awesome and we had a blast snowshoeing with friends.

A photo posted by Lisa Benroeck (@lisabenroeck) on

(Of course, Clara didn’t have as much fun as the rest of us… she had her 18 month shots that morning and was fine for a few hours, and then started getting a fever and was miserable for the last hour or so of snowshoeing. And there’s nothing relaxing about listening to a toddler scream their head off. Poor Clara, poor us. I hope we go back this season, though, I had never gone snowshoeing before but it’s a great way to get surrounded by some nature for a little bit. Plus, when Clara is back to her usual self, I think she’ll love playing in the snow!)

So yeah, I like this outdoorsy stuff that we’ve been doing lately. Thanks, Seattle, you’ve been good to us this week.

And in case you’re looking for some good articles to read this weekend…

Things I’ve Read on the Web

// God Has Already Revealed His Plan for Your Life: “After my quick self inventory, I realized that my issue was not not hearing from God; my issue was relying on God to make me obedient to what He had clearly spoken, for all these commands were part of me fulfilling God’s will for my life.” (here)

// 9 Simple Living Blog Recommendations: “If you are looking for new inspiration, there is no doubt you will find someone on this list below whose voice resonates deeply with yours. Each blog is less than two years old and I am confident each author would welcome the opportunity to connect with like-minded readers.” (here)

// Rules for Getting Organized & Decluttered: “When you walk through a room, find one thing to put away. If you’re going from your bedroom to the living room, find one thing during that trip to put away. You don’t have to get stuck in putting everything away, just one thing.” (here)

// Removed: “American photographer Eric Pickersgill removed the smartphones and digital devices from his portraits of everyday life. The project ‘Removed’ aims to show our addiction to technology and hyper-connectivity, and Pickersgill knows that he’s also amongst the addicted.” (here)

TGIF! What was the best part of your week?!

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10 Responses to Snowshoeing and Weekend Links

  1. erinhzauner says:

    I haven’t gone snowshoeing in….years? wish is silly, because I live IN the tundra. I could literally snowshoe around the parks walking distance from my house. but I’d much rather do it where you guys did!

    • Lisa says:

      Yeah but it’s COLD where you guys are! We snowshoed in 35 degree weather and it was awesome! It was definitely a gorgeous view, I will say.

  2. That photos in that last link you posted are so powerful. Sometimes when I’m on the El, I like to look around at everyone else and see how many people are on their phones. It’s mind-boggling: sometimes when I do that, I’m one of only a couple of people not on my phone, out of all the people in the car. What’s even crazier to think is that six, seven, eight years ago, it wouldn’t have been like that at all! Everyone would’ve been listening to their iPod, of course, but smartphones were still so new then that I bet maybe only half of the people on the train even had smart phones. It’s pretty nuts to think that there’s been that huge of a cultural shift in so short of time.

    • Lisa says:

      Although, I think that on public transit people used to be engrossed in newspapers and books and still not necessarily paying attention to others around them, so in that case I think we’ve just replaced one media with another.

  3. Jordyn says:

    Glad you’re loving the milder winters here. Since I grew up in Washington I am such a baby about cold winters, I always say I could never live someplace like Chicago because I already hate the winter here so much!

  4. I love that you got up to the mountains! Snowshoeing is on my list of things to try sooner rather than later, never done it. We have lots of great mountains and tons of great hikes though and they’re all so close!

    • Lisa says:

      Ohhhh it’s so fun! I mean, it’s basically just like walking through the snow with a lot less effort than it takes with regular boots! I thought it would be harder than it was.

  5. Removed…that one was so good. It really made me think about how often I have my phone out for no reason at all.

    • Lisa says:

      RIGHT?! I keep thinking about it when I realize Tim and I are sitting next to each other on our phones, especially if Clara is around! Sometimes we’ll both be searching for some piece of info and I realize how it must look to her and I feel very convicted.

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