I've explored mountain ranges in Tennessee, Colorado, California, North & South Carolina, and New Mexico, and I believe the sheer magnitude and beauty of the mountains found in Washington provide the very best experience anywhere I have visited.
I'm grateful I had a chance to see this part of the country. I realize how many people never have an opportunity to travel and see what a remarkable country America is. There are children who have never left their city's limits, and worse still, are those who have never traveled outside their inner city neighborhoods. I know I am fortunate, and I remind myself of that everyday during my gratitude meditation.
Being in nature is a rejuvenating experience. The Japanese called it Shinrin Yoku, "Forest Bathing". I love that description. To walk in a forest is to bathe in nature's essence and return from it with sense of well being. I believe this travel experience left an indelible impression on me. I would recommend visiting this part of the country to anyone seeking to be emotionally and spiritually moved. I was and I am better for it.
by Chelse Benham, Lae Lae team member