Paddin’ Around Lake Padden

Moving a household is hard work, so after helping my sister-in-law pack boxes all day…001I was happy to follow her suggestion to go for a walk in one of her favourite places, Lake Padden, in the south part of Bellingham, Washington.

021aThe walk goes all the way around the lake, for a distance of 2.8 miles.

014On the way around the lake, we came across this cute little fellow who entertained us by showing us how he ate a cone of some sort. He turned it around and around, chewing, shaking it, spitting out parts he didn’t like, and savouring the rest.

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We continued to the other side of the lake and marveled at how nature works to regenerate growth. From a fallen cedar, many young cedars had sprouted, like so many children standing in a line. The decaying cedar would provide nutrients to get all these young ones started.

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Another large tree had fallen closer to the path and someone brought a power saw to carve out his creative idea. I was tempted to sit down to try out the unique benches but they were probably a bit damp and, even more probably, I would find it hard to get up again and continue the walk. After packing boxes all day it would have been easier to stay on the bench and have a snooze than to go on.

036aMy sister-in-law will miss her old stomping grounds, but I’m sure she’ll find new paths to walk at her new home.

32 thoughts on “Paddin’ Around Lake Padden

  1. I swear. I used toknow someone who lived in Bellingham for a good long time. But of course now I can’t remember who it might have been. No matter – she obviously had a beautiful place to live. Someday, I do hope to get to the Pacific Northwest. Every time I see photos, I marvel at the beauty.

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  2. Beautiful photograph of the “nursery” log, anneli! I have read children’s stories that explain the forest, mentioning the usefulness of a fallen log on the forest floor; I have never seen a photograph of one. Hope that you both have your feet up and are sipping a lovely cup of tea or…!
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