Archive for December, 2012


Scottish Lakes: The Ride Up, and Snow Play!

High Camp recreation

The snowmobile ride is half the fun

Getting to the Scottish Lakes High Camp is half the fun.  Located at 5000 feet in the North Central Cascades, the trip up is accomplished with four wheel drive trucks and a fleet of snowmobiles with talented drivers.  Owners Don and Chris Hanson pick their staff carefully ensuring you of a safe and friendly trip from the valley floor parking lot to the Base Camp below McCue Ridge.

High Camp Family Weekend

Tag Sleeps on the way up

High Camp Weekend

Bundled for the Ride

If you are lucky you will have a warm clear day to get there, since the ride can be cold and windy. Following miles of forest roads, the landscape alternately is heavily timbered and then open as previously logged hillsides show vast gently rolling terrain, just beckoning for skis or snowshoes to lay down new tracks.

High Camp

The Snowmobile Parade


Buildings greet the travelers at High Camp


Snow suits all day


Getting into the outdoors


Out of control fun!


Going down the hill with Dad!


A little help from Dad.


Bigger sleds for bigger boys

As soon as the travelers get to the cabins, an assortment of activities are calling to them from the surrounding woods and slopes. Rides are fun, but getting a ride is better.  We engage friends and share the little slopes about the camp.


Big people like small sleds


Dad offers a taste treat

All the kids get into the act with help from friends, and a little fresh taste treat from Dad.


A New Babe


Anika  has just entered the lives of Bern and Colleen.  She is only three month old, and already has captured the hearts of her parents.   She is healthy, and happy, and already is going on outings with Colleen and Bern, her mom and dad.  An outing to Leavenworth in the late fall was just the right time to start showing her off, and getting some portraits made.

Anika and Mom

Anika and Mom

A Little Playtime

A Little Playtime

All Together

All Together

A Cozy Cabin up Merry Canyon Road near Leavenworth is a great place for a weekend retreat. The family puppy also gets to come along, but now has an altered priority in the family hierarchy.

A Foursome together

The Foursome Together

It is going to be a yearly event, and we will be back for more weekends of family fun!

Dad and Daughter

Dad and Daughter

There will be more trips to make and more cabin stays in Leavenworth for this family!


A Lighting Festival in Leavenworth

A Lighting Festival in Leavenworth

The regular Christmas Lighting Festival happens in Leavenworth during the first 3 weekends of December. It is one of the most popular festivals in our town, and people come from across the Northwest and around the world to see the town in Holiday trimmings. The popular ceremony at dusk lights up the storefronts and the trees in the park. Thousands of people listen to live music in the bandstand. Instruments and choruses serenade couples, families and the local shop owners.


Children have a natural fascination with the lighting festival, although it may be difficult to see over the heads of thousands of other visitors.  Getting a help from dad or mom usually does the trick. Also it helps to stay warm!

Leavenworth Photographer

Father Christmas always makes an appearance at the Lighting, with his satchel and special carved staff.  His coat, boots, and warm beard seem to keep the  chill away.



Most families visit for the day, coming from western and eastern Washington, and braving the passes in winter driving conditions.  they bring their sleds, and coats and warm boots, hopefully to find a some fresh snow to play in.IMG_3727The lights come on at the end of the afternoon, when darkness falls.  The announcers in the gazebo signal the crowd to view the procession of stars coming down the street, the alpenhorns sound a welcome, and the lights come on with the help of lots of singing and applause.


All the stores and restaurants are open for the rest of the evening; and entertainment goes on for hours. The visitors eventually turning towards their way home.    Till next year, we wish you all a Merry Christmas,  and Happy New Year!

December 2012