I started my PASS Summit a little early this year. I arrived in Seattle on Friday night, November 5th, around 10:30 PM. I met Brian Knight and Tim Moolic (Pragmatic Works COO) and we drove about 1.5 hours to Ashford, WA. We settled in to our cabin on the Creek for a few hours of sleep before we began our BIG adventure. About a month before PASS Brian gave me a call and asked if I would like to join he and Tim on a hike up Mt. Rainier. I hesitated at first, but then quickly decided to do it. So here I was, about to start a hike up the mountain in what we were told was some very unfavorable weather conditions.
I thought we were going to have a slow start to the hike, boy was I wrong. Tim took off like he was running a 40 yard dash. By the way, Tim lives in Boston so he is very familiar with snow and how to get around in it. After about the first 200 feet I was done. I wanted to turn back and find a nice warm place with a hot cup of coffee. Again, my EGO took over and forced me to continue.
This was the first time that I had ever experienced so much snow in my life. Would I do it again? Yep, without a doubt. Since the PASS Summit is in October next year, the weather should be better and we should be able to hike a little higher. At the end of the day we were exhausted, exhilarated, and ready for a drink. We ended our night at a the only restaurant in Ashford. We enjoyed a nice dinner with a few drinks some food and a little fun (Karaoke).
All SMILES!!!!! This was just day one of my PASS adventures. Stay tuned for more adventures.
Talk to you soon,
Patrick LeBlanc, SQL Server MVP, MCTS, Mountain Man