I had MLK day off of work so we decided to do a hike. The weather forecast was so-so. We have been in a 'Pineapple Express" weather pattern - warm and wet. This leads to flooding along all the major rivers because the freezing level rises up above 5,000, it rains at the mountain passes and the snow melts.
It will always flood along the Snoqualmie River - but it is also a good time to see Snoqualmie Falls (if you can get there). I've also been wanting to stop at the Snoqualmie Brewery. We had Triskaidekophobia - their 13th anniversary triple ale which was very yummy.
We decided to do Chirico trail on Tiger Mountain. It was very windy but not raining when we arrived. I haven't been on the trail for a while so I was pretty slow but the conversation was good and the time went pretty fast. We didn't linger at the top. It was very windy and getting cold. We had a few views over Issaquah and Bellevue but it was a little too nippy.
Next we headed out for Snoqualmie Falls. It was very busy and popular with families. It was a good outing for MLK Day. We put on all our rain gear and headed across the highway bridge to the overlook. It was roaring and very misty. You could barely see the falls. They are building a new trail so the covered overlook had been replaced by an open viewing area. We got pretty wet.
It was time for beer and some food. Snoqualmie Brewery is just a short distance away in downtown historic Snoqualmie. The river runs right along downtown and was almost lapping the road. The brewery was busy but warm. G ordered a Wildcat IPA and I had a Copperhead Pale Ale. My beer was so yummy - very hoppy and crisp - just as I like it. I forgot to have a taste of the IPA but G said it was excellent. The food was pretty standard pub-grub - pizza and sandwiches. The kitchen service was a little slow because of the packed after lunch crowd. Our orders were mixed up but we swapped our sides appropriately and munched down. Satisfied we headed home.
View over Issaquah from Poo Poo Point