We knew going into our first winter camping trip that it would be something we would tell our kids about one day, and their grandkids after that. One thing we knew for sure was that we were going to freeze our asses off. You know, just two Floridians camping for the first time in the snow in the Great PNW, no bid deal. We were prepared about 50% gear-wise for below freezing conditions. You need a whole other set of gear for the winter, and yes, the prices climb very high. Even knowing we were half-prepared, we still decided to risk it. That’s the going-to-figure-it-out-one-way-or-another attitude in us. As we got to Colchuck Lake, we were blown away. Is this winter wonderland real?! We set up camp and began to coordinate our night. As the sun went down, our night consisted of constant turns and moans from being cold, and lots of cuddling. Our sleeping pads were flat, and it felt as if we were sleeping right on top of the snow as the temperature dropped to nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This part of the year in the northwest it gets dark around 5pm and sunrise is back up at 7:30 am. That’s 14 1/2 hours of darkness. We woke up to hot ramen soup, and you could tell by the look in our eyes that we were happy we made it through the night. The morning consisted of Whiskey Jacks flying in and out of our hands. Looking into their eyes, you could see they were just as curious about us as we were about them, as if we were in another world for a second and everything else disappeared. Couldn’t be more thankful and blessed to be living in the backyard of all this beauty. This is such a special place on earth, and we will forever be exploring it. Stay warm and smart this winter ❄️🤙.