Taken from the North Cascades National Park Service Complex post…Pacific Dogwood are in bloom throughout the park! Its white pedals are found throughout the park such as campgrounds and the North Cascades visitor center.
So, Deception Pass State Park. The most beautiful multi-beach park beauty. I want my ashes spread at Rosario Beach, Deception Pass State Park…one day. Whether it be the views of the waterways, the rocky beaches and the walking trails, views of the most beautiful area of the world. #pnw It is peace and it contains Rosario Beach, Bowman Bay, North/West Beach of this beautiful part of the Pacific Northwest. I may edit this but on this last day of April 2022, I need to celebrate and share my pics of 04.09.22. It was a very windy day. A few of these pics are of La Conner, WA too. A great starting point of a beautiful #pnw day.
On a mid-January day, Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park was a great landing spot for views of Lake Washington, the Olympic Mountains, fog on the water and the beginning of a sunset worthy of viewing. The Puget Sound area was entertained by colorful skies and fog that continues to show itself.
In nature, everything has a job. The job of the fog is to beautify further the existing beauties! – Mehmet Murat ildan
If you’re looking for a free day to explore Washington State Parks (no Discover Pass required). Where would you like to go?
Saturday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day Monday, Jan. 17 – Martin Luther King Day Wednesday, March 9 – Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday Saturday, March 19 – Washington State Parks’ birthday Friday, April 22 – Earth Day Saturday, June 11 – National Get Outdoors Day Sunday, June 12 – Free Fishing Weekend Sunday, June 19 – Juneteenth Saturday, Sept. 24 – National Public Lands Day Monday, Oct. 10 – World Mental Health Day Friday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Friday, Nov. 25 – Native American Heritage Day
“Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.” – Marcus Aurelius
Today is December 21st, Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the shortest day of the year.
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.” -Albert Camus
Do you do anything differently? Go for a run, walk outside in the elements?
How are you celebrating? I’ll be watching the Seahawks vs Rams game but at the same time I’m acknowledging the change of seasons. If you want to create a new tradition to celebrate the change of this season, a few suggestions (thanks and credit to vivobarefoot):
• Make a solstice candle. Candle kits are widely available. You could go colourful, or add warming oils like clove or cinnamon.
• Create a winter mandala or collage – you might forage for materials on a winter walk.
• Make ornaments from paper and card – and ‘bless a tree’ – our ancestors gave thanks to the gods of old by leaving gifts in the forest (if you do this, make sure to use materials that won’t litter and don’t contain plastics – like glitter).
Or maybe you’ll find time just to take 5 minutes to pause and reflect on the turning of our amazing earth.