It was one of those Sundays where I found myself working towards a deadline. The whole time I was remembering the Interurban Trail in Bellingham and wanting to walk it. So I completed my work, slipped on my Keens, and took the bus to Happy Valley.
I love the parks in Bellingham, Washington because they allow me to immerse myself in the vegetation of the Pacific Northwest–ferns, moss, cedar, and large maples. I also encountered woodpeckers drumming codes on Douglas Fir, stellar jays screeching in the bushes, the occasional rufous-sided towhee joining in the choir, and chickadees spreading joy. I even encountered a rabbit practicing his freeze moves in the undergrowth.
And if I required any food on my hike, apple and pear trees dumped their bounty on the trail. Best yet, the leaves began turning to amber, red, and orange. Then twice, I strolled past a grove dedicated to Mother Mary.
Photos by Patricia Herlevi, All Rights Reserved