I recently set foot on the trail to officially kick off my 50 Peaks project (#NC50Peaks). Because this journey will be a challenging one and will take much of the next six months, it was a bit daunting to actually start it! But when the trail led us to the snowy alpine and we looked up at the first peak on the list (Ruth Mountain above), the nerves faded away and I pulled energy from the landscape, as I always have. When all is said and done, this project is all about love for this park and range, the North Cascades (aka the “American Alps”). Although you may have gotten word of the successful summit of the first peak (of 50) on my website or story, stay tuned tomorrow for when I’ll share my favorite photo of the summit here!