Snoqualmie Falls in the Snow, Fall City, WA, USA (photo by Simone Cannon)
This week in Puget Sound, we had the first snowfall of 2012 and so decided to drive down to Snoqualmie Falls to see the winter wonderland with our friend, Elyse, who was visiting from the other Washington (D.C.) For those of you old enough to remember, the falls were the setting for the popular 1980's TV show, Twin Peaks, and they are still one of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington with 1.5 million visitors a year. The tall cascades are spectacular, the highest in Washington State and just as beautiful in the winter as in the summer.
I snapped this shot from one of the few overviews still open in the winter and decided to send it to NWCN local news, who added it to their newscast and showed it every half hour for the rest of the day...my 15 minutes (or so) of fame! Sitting (quite literally) over the falls, is the lovely, cozy Salish Lodge, a popular romantic weekend getaway for local couples. The falls also serves Puget Sound Energy, providing electricity to area residents. Washington's Snoqualmie Tribe considers the site of the falls sacred and central to their belief system; the falls traditionally served as a burial site where prayers were carried to the Great Creator via the waterfall's ethereal mists.