One of the many benefits of moving away from the city is my proximity to parks and nature trails that aren’t teeming with people. Seattle is filled with some beautiful parks, but I always found it a challenge to endure the constant traffic battles to get to any of them. Then, once I arrived at a park, it would nearly always be filled with people. There is, of course, nothing wrong with sharing a park with others, but if I was seeking solitude in nature, I’d have to go beyond the city.
After moving out to the lake, I discovered a beautiful nature preserve just a fifteen minute drive from my home. Theler Wetlands is located at the eastern tip of Hood Canal and has a variety of trails guiding visitors through a quiet saltwater marsh. There are times when I’ve walked three miles through the trails and only seen one other person. On the busiest day I’ve been there, I passed by twenty people.
I love that only a short distance from my house, I can frequent a protected area that is different every time I go. Every time I go I am treated to a full sensory experience: the scent of saltwater tickling my nose, the sounds of swallows happily chirping, the sight of the tall grasses being blown by the wind in waves across the marsh, and the feeling of the warm sun hitting my skin. With very few trees, it feels like you can see for miles.
Cattails taller than me.
Looking out across the marsh:
The mud flats – my favorite spot along the trail:
Here are some links to some of my favorite things this past week:
Making succotash for the first time. I didn’t use a recipe but used two kinds of squash, onions, corn, and lima beans. It was a hit!
This Bookou bag
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead - a movie about how the foods you eat affect your health, and specifically, using juicing as a way to reboot your body.
One of my favorite musicians, Sera Cahoone, is coming out with a new album soon and has released a great single for her song, Naked.
Have a great weekend!