Photo Friday: Seattle Snow Day

We barely left our own backyard today, but it felt like another world came to us. In the past 24 hours, we've had more snow than I can remember in the past several years. Both kids are finally old enough to really enjoy the snow, and this was the first time either one of them got to ride a sled.

One of Seattle's great assets is the chain of natural wooded parks (sometimes called the "emerald necklace" scattered across the city. We are lucky to live across the street from one. During the summer, the kids enjoy taking short hikes and "investigating" fallen trees and streams. On our rare snow days, though, it turns into a wonderland with the trees and ground blanketed in snow. Most of the park is heavily wooded, but this one hill is cleared, almost as if the city founders enjoyed sledding as much as the neighborhood kids.

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  1. Soultravelers3 on December 18, 2008 at 11:43 p.m.

    Oh, that does look like fun! Makes me excited about our upcoming ski trip to our mountains nearby! Kids & fresh snow..great combo!

    ( I first took my kidlet to the snow at 3m! ;)

  2. Caitlin on December 19, 2008 at 12:06 a.m.

    Snow! I love snow! You don't really get it her much in London and it rarely stays on the ground when it does snow. The only time I've ever been sledding was visiting my friend in Halifax, Canada. We improvised with cardboard boxes and it was loads of fun!

  3. Lanora (WritingTravel) on December 19, 2008 at 12:46 a.m.

    Happy Photo Friday! I'm linking to my photoblog this week, to a shot of the film poster for Niko Le Petit Renne, France's answer to Rudolph.

  4. Dominique on December 19, 2008 at 4:42 a.m.

    We've got snow today, too! Woo hoo!
    Looks like y'all are enjoying the white stuff today.
    I like living backed up to a park. We can just walk around in back of our garage and take off into the park on cross country skis when it does snow.
    Cleveland Ohio also has a nice system of metroparks strung throughout the city, and I've heard them called "the emerald necklace" as well.

  5. Mara Gorman on December 19, 2008 at 5:29 a.m.

    I'm a little jealous. We don't get snow very often here in Delaware either - I had high hopes this morning, but it's just gray and rainy.

    I love adventures like this, when a space that's right outside your door suddenly becomes something altogether new.

  6. wayne on December 19, 2008 at 6:20 a.m.

    I love the picture they look like they are having I put my name twice by mistake and didnt know how to delete the second, sorry

  7. Jenn on December 19, 2008 at 7:01 a.m.

    Oh, that makes me want snow so badly!

  8. Jamie on December 19, 2008 at 7:21 a.m.

    Beautiful! More than a few people will be staying closer to home than planned I think!

  9. Shelly (Travels with Baby) on December 19, 2008 at 8:04 a.m.

    ...and I was excited about the frost in our yard yesterday! Enjoy!

  10. Jennifer on December 19, 2008 at 2:13 p.m.

    My kids saw real snow for the first time...they can't believe it! What a magical time of year!

  11. Caitlin on December 23, 2008 at 6:37 a.m.

    Hey guys, great photos as usual but can you PLEASE provide the link to the Photo Friday post and not just to your home page? It's very confusing if you're looking a few days later and Photo Friday is no longer at the top.

  12. Linda on December 24, 2008 at 10:45 a.m.

    I'll bet your kids were sooooo excited! As much snow as we get in Minnesota, the kids are excited each and every time.

    Having a rainy Christmas is going to be different for us!