A super dark tunnel and a cabin building update


October 1, 2014 by Terumi

building a cabin in the woods near Snoqualmie Pass Washington

Living with boys is not as horrible as I might have imagined if you told me as a high schooler this is how my life would turn out.  It’s actually mostly lovely and I’m getting used to being outdoors more and embracing all that is frogs, dirt and bugs. But sometimes I do feel like I could use a little more pink and glitter in my life.  So of course, I was thrilled when we checked up on the cabin we’re building in Snoqualmie Pass and saw all the pink insulation our builder had chosen.

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Yes, it will be hidden under the floor.
Yes, it doesn’t matter what color it is as long as it keeps us warm.
But it’s a little bit of lovely pink and it made me happy to know my cabin is pink on the inside just like me.
This time we saw our driveway and how everything had been back-filled nicely.  (We can now walk around our cabin without the threat of falling into a huge crevice) And in the next little while there will be steel beams and more framing. I’m still trying to figure out plumbing fixtures.
And I’ll keep you updated.

I’m also making a calendar about my builder’s adorable dog.  He’s another favorite part of our visits to the pass and a big bonus in this cabin-building project.

my builder's dog
Dru bru the nearby brewery is looking pretty good-I think it opens in December. And I’m excited to see how it turns out when it opens.  We’re also finding all sorts of neat hiking and exploring we every time we visit.
We’ve been talking about checking out the 2 mile Snoqualmie tunnel on the Iron Horse Trail for a long time now and we finally had a peek inside.

Two mile Snoqualmie tunnel on the Iron Horse Trail that you can bike through bring flashlights!
It turn out its a short trek from the parking lot at Hyak if you’ve ever come to the pass to sled in the wintertime. You need a yellow park pass and a flashlight.
And courage.
I only made it 5 minutes into its depth when I saw no light at the end of the tunnel and the dim light from the entrance began to get too far away.
And I was done.
Next time I want to get a little farther.

trekking through the tunnel at Snoqualmie Pass
The kids could have done the whole thing if they weren’t so cold. It’s a little chilly in the tunnel for sure and someone had already fallen in the creek while looking for frogs.
So next time we’ll bring our bikes, extra clothes and zoom through.

It’s definitely an adventure and I can’t wait until the cabin gets finished so we have a home base to return to after all our exploring is done.

(PS. have you ridden this trail with kids?  Do you have any tips?  I’d love to hear!)


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