There are a few things in life that we’re simply not meant to do alone. One of these things happens to be going deep into the woods by ourselves. Especially as women, we need to be wise, while not denying that place inside of us that longs for adventure. We were created to move our bodies and work hard. We were created to have conversations and encourage each other. In all of us, I think there’s a longing for growth in our relationships and challenges that help us become stronger. The best thing happens when we come together and tackle these things, which we wouldn’t be able to do alone. Together, we’re literally stronger.
It’s been almost a year since my sister and I started our ladies-only hiking group and I can’t even fully express what a blessing our times together have been. I’d had 3 babies in 4 years and before we started our group, I thought I was coming down with post-partum. In a hurry to pull me out of my funk, my sister asked me what sounds fun to me. I looked at her and told I want to do adventurous and wild things with friends. And so, we started a ladies-only hiking group and almost a year later, we have over 130 members (don’t worry, they don’t all come at once!). Our monthly hikes have been some of my best times with girlfriends.
This last weekend we hiked Oyster Dome for the second time. The trailhead is located along Chuckanut Drive. The trail immediately starts climbing steeply. At the one-mile mark there is an overlook with a bench that offers a sneak preview of the vista that is to be found at the destination.
Here’s the view from the first overlook. Yes, it’s amazing, but don’t stop here! The hard work to get to the top is worth it.
As you reach the top, arrayed before you are the Skagit River flats and Anacortes to the left. Lummi Island and Orcas Island are in the foreground and background, respectively, to the right. Samish Bay is below you, and in the distance are Vancouver Island and the Olympic Mountains. Birds of prey, including bald eagles, may circle above you. A word of caution: be careful near the edge of the promontory, as the dropoff is unforgiving; keep children and pets away from the edge.
Kicking off our shoes and pulling off our socks, we rested at the top, while we had lunch. There were quite a few other people up there with us, but everyone was super friendly and there was plenty of space for all of us.
On our way back down, we decided to check out the trail that takes you to Lily Lake. It was only about another 1.2 miles extra and since we’d already climbed 7 miles, we figured another mile to see a lake would be worthwhile detour.
The walk to lily lake was relatively flat and easy, compared to the climbing we did to reach Oyster Dome. We’d hoped we could possibly go swimming, but it lived up to it’s name and it was decorated with a covering of lily pads and the water looked a little too mucky for swimming. These girls are positive, optimistic and fun. After our times together, I can’t get over how thankful I am for them. Who are you thankful for right now? What did you do this weekend?