First Snow Excitement!

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By Diane Groff, Tubbs Ambassador

Last week we travelled to Washington state to enjoy a week of outdoor fun with our son, Ben. Ben lives in Leavenworth, WA , a place where many adventures can take place. One of our highlights was seeing the snow start to appear above 5,000 feet.. the wet weather proved to be helpful for the forest fires in the area as well.

On our backpacking trip, after establishing our camp, we hiked up to Spider Gap in Glacier Wilderness, and had our first up close encounters with snow… Snow had not melted in all the shady spots, including under the blueberry plants that were still producing large fruits.

First snow is always a treat, often mixed with the last of Summer Flowers and giving a hint of heading into Fall/Winter.   The glacier fed streams were crystal clear and much of the ground cover was showcasing it’s Fall colors of rust, burnt sienna, and orange/yellow leaves.


A true honor to pay witness to the changing of seasons in the high Spider Meadow. The trail was loamy and soft hiking in and rocky heading up to the pass…. all which will be coated in feet of snow, very soon… very soon.