FRIEND TOUR: Washington
Ahhh…the refreshing mist of the Pacific Northwest was the second stop on my Friend Tour. In the beautiful city of Tacoma, Washington I reconnected with a good friend from graduate school. During our two years of intense studying and equally intensive laughs, we conversed on a range of topics from the issues affecting college students to the art of the nap as a restorative practice. Shortly after graduation, he moved to the mountainous region, but we remained in touch. Even from two-thousand miles away, he has shown himself to be a supportive friend whom I will forever cherish.
On the first full day of my visit, we explored Tacoma. Back home, in the Midwest, our winter includes bitter freezing temps, copious amounts snow, and icy roads. So imagine my amazement when we walked out of his home to a refreshing mist that was reminiscent of spring. Nevertheless, we made our way to Point Defiance Park for a day on the trails. The beginning of our path was a steep one, but once we reached a relatively comfortable height, I took in all of the sounds and sights of nature. We took pictures along the way, but my phone died before I could capture the rare humpback whale sighting we lucked upon.
What I loved most was that we went with the flow. Yes, there are obvious touristy places we visited like the first Starbucks and 600-foot tall Space Needle. Other than that, nothing was planned. There was no agenda. There was no alarm clock and I loved it!
In the end, I left the PNW with a longing to see my friend and to visit the place that provided more clarity in forty-eight hours than any amount of exercise, meditation, and therapy combined. It was purely MAJESTIC!