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.

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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…

They’re Always Up To Something…

I love Bellingham, Washington  – I love the beauty of sea and woods and wildlife. But what I love most about Bellingham is the people.  They are always up to something. Today I met people on a walk around Lake Padden to help children in China, and people on a “Buddy Walk” in Fairhaven to show support for those with Down’s Syndrome. In the three years I’ve been posting here I’ve also met people walking and running and singing to lend their support to the hearing-impaired,  people with autism, and cancer research. I’ve met artists and athletes and the adventurous. I’ve met people who’ve brought me laughter, and people who’ve shared their smiles. I’ve met people who have become my friends…

Celebrating the People of Bellingham Bay

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy – they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust 

“The rich in spirit help the poor in one grand brotherhood… and blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.” – Mary Baker Eddy

I have discovered a wealth of “charming gardeners” on my walks in Bellingham – people whose unfettered joy of life, and sense of adventure and fun, spills over into the world around them – and makes it a happier place. There’s my friend, Charlie, who you’ll see feeding the seagulls amongst the pictures below. There are my friends, Mark and Lena, who always bring a smile and a friendly greeting with them. There are the readers,  the musicians, the athletes, and philanthropists, the sailors and artists, the mums and pops, and the puppy-lovers,   sun-lovers,  rain-lovers, and people-lovers…