I started the day in pain, physical pain. It was taken care of with a couple of Advil, but it slowed me down for the morning. Later, despite the lag in energy, I got out for a brief walk to the nearby store.
In just that 20 minute walk to and from the store, I saw 5 things to lift my mood:
1) Despite the drought, I still saw many flowers that took my breathe away. A few I hadn’t seen before like orange daisies and a lighter colored sun flower.
2) I admired a child’s “take-one, leave-one” display that I’ve seen before, but keep forgetting to bring something with me to exchange, (next time).
3) I saw a man walking his pair of goats. I wanted to take a picture, but I was too shy. As the goats walked, they nibbled and weeded yards. Cool!
4) On my way home, since the sky is cloudless today, I saw in the distance, the mountain range, beautiful.
5) Also, in the cloudless blue sky, I saw a series of airplanes that will probably be part of the Seafair festival out for a practice run. I know it’s a big deal here in Seattle this weekend.
There are many things to do in Washington State. But, if you’re looking for serenity, then you must take a ferry to Bainbridge to visit The Bloedel Reserve. This is a beautiful forest garden, and it’s no ordinary place.
“The Bloedel Reserve is a place where people find refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty.”
My friend and I felt as if we stepped into another enchanted land. We drove across the island and parked and discovered 150 acres of lush beauty where ferns, flowers and trees blow freely in the gentle breeze uninterrupted by too much human interaction while at the same time, inviting humans to its tranquil emotional restoration.
One of the highlights of the trail will lead you to a bench which will lure you to sit and ponder life with a tranquil view of the Puget Sound. Do it!
Afterwards, and despite the act of communing with nature, drove dutifully into town and emptied our wallets in the quaint shops of the town. Fun.
My friend and I enjoyed a morning nature walk at the Bellevue Botanic gardens. We saw a variety of “Seussical” flowers in the garden and if you peek at my other blog, you’ll see a featured flower, but I was a bit peeved when my iPhone alerted me that I’d run out of room to take more pics, sigh, one day, I will fix my “real” camera.
The Botanic Gardens were beautiful and well cared for as was the walking trail that surrounded it. We did an easy, leisurely hike and at the advice of a small child, peered into a couple of gnome habitats.
At the gift shop, we found unique children’s books and jewelry and lots of nature inspired knick-knacks, soap and other stuff and a nice manager that gave us some ideas for tomorrows outing. (stay tuned!)
The hike was highlighted by shade and the songs of birds and the soothing sounds of a mini-waterfall. We sat and chatted and rested in the green nature.