The Pacific Northwest has a special place in my heart for a few reasons. It reminds me of my freshman year of college in Portland where I got my first real taste of independent living. One of my best friends from college lives in Bellingham, Washington. And it is a nature wonderland with trees of green everywhere.
This was my second time visiting Bellingham to stay with my friend Megan. The last time was two summers ago right before we went into our senior year of college. Each time I visit it seems that it is during a big life transition and each time the trip gives me exactly what I need…clarity and perspective through nature’s healing and quality time with a friend.
One of the days, we did this hike called Heliotrope Ridge Trail with a gorgeous glacier view at the top of Mount Baker and it was one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve done so far. On some parts of the trail, it felt like we were in Switzerland, the hues of green, lush trees, wildflowers on the mountain, waterfalls and ravines. It was also my first experience doing river crossings. The water was freezing and strong, but thank goodness for hiking sticks and the Cornwell family for guiding me through that one.