Lake Whatcom + Lake Padden
I've never really liked lakes. Which is sort of an awful thing to say about nature in general but I never understood why you would set a day aside to enjoy a lake when there's the ocean. The sea holds an immense amount of mystery, looking out into it bubbles up all sorts of emotions for me. The bigness of this world, the smallness of mine, awe, tears even. Lakes, what do they do?
What I've discovered is that the ocean to me is like an old friend I will always want to see and spent time with. Since I didn't grow up next it, I feel this need to fill up time lost. Tyler laughs because when we go out to eat I always want it to have a view of the water. Like why go out to eat if I can't have a view? In contrast lakes, for me, have been sort of a consolation prize; beautiful but I can fathom the end, the other side, what's beneath the surface.
Well, silly me has been missing out and I'm quickly retracting my words. This past weekend we spent time by two major lakes here in the Bellingham area, Lake Padden & Lake Whatcom. They each hold their own beauty and I actually felt a sense of awe. (Which is no surprise to those of you who already had the epiphany that lakes can be gorgeous.)
Friday we met some friends at an incredible campground on Lake Whatcom, which is sadly not open to the public. (Mental note, being a camp counselor gets you perks at these sort of places.)
The next day we took a pretty easy two mile hike inside the Lake Padden area. Our friends brought their dogs and we walked an off-leash loop trail that was perfect. I love seeing Harper get so excited about being on a "tray-yale", which for some reason he pronounces with a southern accent. He loves running ahead (almost too much for my taste) on the trail and taking it all in, savoring leaves as if he has never seen them before. Already planning to go back and discover more!
Do you have any favorite lakes in the Northwest Washington area?