And a picture of the view. It was gorgeous. Of course the picture doesn't do it justice and doesn't encompass the peace that comes from looking at such a view. This is the view we had as we sat on the grounds eating dinner and from the window of our room.
The next morning, after our private breakfast at the inn, we decided to see what was at the end of Larch Mt. road. We had read that there was an incredible view of the 5 volcanoes in the area. How can you pass that up? We had made it 8 miles on our bikes the night before and were only able to make it 10 in the car. The road was closed for the last 4 miles of the road. We hadn't planned on riding bikes that day but we couldn't pass up what might be one of the best views around. So we hopped on our bikes and rode another 4 miles of hills. In the two bike rides we climbed a total of 2500 ft. in elevation. I feel a little bit better knowing that because of how painful it was!! We got to the top of the road, hoping to see the awesome view, and found a parking lot covered in snow. I wasn't ready to give up. We found a sign sticking out of the snow for a trail that we thought might be the viewpoint. The majority of the trail was covered in snow but the sign said it was only 1/4 mile so we thought we could manage.