Giddy with Forest Magic

I have been in the thick of tree pheromones today. I am feeling a little giddy.

Lake Padden, Bellingham, WA. 10-15-17
(photos by Karen Molenaar Terrell)


Bellingham 9-28

I was feeling overwhelmed today. Depressed.

So I drove up to Bellingham after work for a walk on the boardwalk. I felt my body craving sunshine and fresh air and movement. And it was so lovely up there – seagulls flying, children laughing, the leaves just starting to change color, friendly smiles, families spending time together, jaunty little sailboats skimming across the bay. The youngest son was going to meet me for dinner in a little while, and I’d just gotten off the phone with the oldest son. I knew I’d see my husband soon. And I had one of those perfect, complete, love-filled moments – one of those moments when I KNEW everything was right with the world – a moment when I felt wealthy with love and peace. A moment when all the worries and fears about our planet just melted away and all that was real – the only thing that mattered, really – was love. I wish I could explain this better. But… it was really beautiful. It brought me peace.

I’m going to try to hang onto my memory of that moment in the weeks ahead…

(Photos by Karen Molenaar Teerrell)

Stephen’s New Hair-Do and Flipped Reflections

Spent some time in Bellingham this weekend – both on the boardwalk and at Lake Padden. As always, I felt uplifted and refreshed by my time there.

In Boulevard Park I met a man with a beautiful smile and his “first ever hair-do” – he let me take a picture of him with the new ‘do he’d given himself –
Stephen and his new hair-doAnd this morning at Lake Padden, the water was a perfect mirror…


First day back at school – no students, yet – just a day to get ready for the new year – a day I spend inside doing inside-stuff. And at the end of the day the blue sky calls to me and I head for the sunshine and fresh air in Bellingham to soak up the peace and joy…

I saw a woman sitting on the grass at the edge of the bay – she had a fabulous hat shielding her face – and her whole posture said “peace” to me. I had to take a photo. Later I ran into her on the trail and showed her the picture I’d taken of her. I told her how much I enjoyed her hat. I learned Christen is a blogger, too! Her blog can be found here.


cool hat

Christen Mattix and Her Fabulous Hat

The bay sparkled, the sun dazzled, and the boardwalk gave me gifts…

New Friends on Mount Rainier

Last weekend my family and I gathered at Mount Rainier to do a memorial hike for my mom, who passed on six months ago.  I tell a little more about our weekend in a blog post on another wordpress site  – but I wanted to take time here to talk about some of the way cool people we met while we were at Rainier last weekend.

First, I have to mention this young man: I was looking around for someone who looked like they knew what to do with a camera, and saw him taking photos. I asked him if he would mind taking a photo of my family for me, and he said sure – and then he not only took one picture, but (like a true professional) took a few, just to be sure.  the man who took our picture this one

Then there was this couple – Kathy and Yonsin – who I met on my way down from a hike on the day of the eclipse. I asked them if they’d seen the eclipse and they said they didn’t have eclipse glasses, so I let them borrow mine. I loved watching the look on their faces when they saw what was going on up there…

Kathy and Yonsin

And as I stopped at Myrtle Falls to snap a picture, I ran into this group of enthusiastic young students from Central Washington University. They were taking a biome class at CWU that was taking them all over the state. They knew some pretty nifty stuff about science, too – they showed me how to look for the patterns in the shadows that showed there was an eclipse going on. Top row (from left to right): Carlee Carlucci, Jaelle Downs, Prof. Paul James, and Adam Hess. Bottom row: Clarissa DeLaVergne, Shiya Lin, Lee Thompson.

Carlee Carlucci, Jaelle Downs, Paul James, Adam Hess, bottom Clarrisa De LaVergne, Shiya Lin, Lee Thompson

There was all kinds of magic at Rainier last weekend – and a big part of the magic was the way cool people I met up there.

Visitors from White Rock

I was waving to an Amtrak train as it sped past, and the lady next to me on the boardwalk saw what I was doing and started waving to the train, too. I knew, immediately, that she was a kindred spirit. 🙂  I chatted with Josephine for awhile then, and learned she and her companions were visiting from White Rock, Canada.

You meet the nicest people on the boardwalk…