by Haley Nord
Elevation: 187 ft.
A worthwhile journey is transformative, independent of the locations it takes you to. It relies on the state of mind of the traveler. I always had a vision of how experiencing the Pacific Northwest would be. I had a travel companion in mind, dates set and circles on a map. As it sometimes goes, that version of the story didn’t happen. By the time I boarded a plane several months later with my backpack, I was a different person. Unrecognizable. I had felt a sort of loss that can’t be pinned down to just one thing.
My good friend Natalie greeted me at the Seattle airport. She’s a breath of fresh air in herself, intelligent, deeply creative and ambitious. We had planned a week of new sights and some she already loved. We went to many places I had always wanted to experience, the North Cascades, the Olympic Peninsula, and as tradition would dictate, a couple of extraordinary waterfalls. One of which, Franklin Falls, was reminiscent of something dreamed up- Narnia wonderland style. My favorite place we visited however, was Snoqualmie Falls. 268 feet of water crashed down.It was hard to tell if I was drenched from the rain or the swirling mist, and if anyone could see that a few tears had rolled out of my eyes. That moment was one of the most spiritual I’ve ever had, it left me grateful for the almighty teacher that nature is. A constant reminder that everything we need to live, not just on the surface but to really live a deep and fulfilling life is all around us. Troubles washed away in the presence of a mighty fall, or grief consoled in the arms of a pine forest. It’s hard to leave places like this and come back to the “real world,” but I always try to remember the lessons I learn when traveling. That grace is the highest path and emboldening love over fear is the mark of those you should surround yourself with. Hope you enjoy these photographs of my time in the Seattle area. xo
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