The Pacific Northwest can be relentless at times.
My husband and I have been trying to find activities that de-stress us. Being parents and individuals is tiring! One of the ways we clear our minds is by hiking. Since Sundays are our family day we decided to visit Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southern Washington. As soon as we got there the rain started coming down. Then it started to fall harder. The dogs jumped out and our lab mix seemed to tell us that we wouldn’t melt from a little rain, so we bundled up and started down the path.
We’ve had a lot of rainfall lately which has caused a lot of hill slides (one of them blocking the major highway for a few hours). The rivers are starting to overflow and people are growing lakes in their backyards. As inconvenient as it is that’s one of the things I love about this area.
Growing up in Washington has legitimately taught me to dance in the rain. You haven’t lived until you’ve smelled the air or seen a rainbow (especially a double rainbow!) after a rainfall. It really does teach you to be persistent and chase after your goals no matter the obstacle. Not only that, but I feel it trains you to enjoy the challenge.
Our hike was short-lived but it won’t be quickly forgotten. We built communication and trust in a way that only family time in the woods can do. The dynamic of our relationship is strengthened. You can tell that even the dogs start to fall in their place as part of our pack. I wouldn’t trade my little wolf tribe for anything in the world, even if that means going thru a little stormy weather.