Hike to Squires Lake in Bellingham / Whatcom County
Squires Lake Whatcom County is minutes from Bellingham
Somehow reading the morning Bellingham Herald at breakfast this morning & then later on the New York Times at lunch was just not that uplifting. Not that I expected it to be mind you but somehow as 2010 draws to an end & we set goals & hopes for a brighter 2011 both publications left me cold – ice cold actually. Cold to the point that by 2:00 this afternoon, I had the need to leave the congestion & noise of the manmade world that we have managed to create for ourselves & re-connect with a much simpler place. The Natural World that we so often take for granted.
We are fortunate in Whatcom County in that there are a number
The Stuff from which Poems are Written and Songs are Sung
of places where you can do just that. In fact, there is a great spot just minutes South of Bellingham called Squires Lake. A couple of miles of trails wind around the lake, a beaver pond and the south ridge trail that, if you are lucky, might put you face to face with some of it’s natural residence. It was a special afternoon. Parts of Whatcom County were covered with a couple of inches of snow this morning and the area around was pretty much untouched. The ski was filled with a threatening cloud cover and, with the exception of a resident beaver & several of the piliated ducks that call Squires lake their home I had the Lake all to myself.
Hiker's Mail Box / Lost and Found
Finally, Mr Beaver got tired of my company and the sun began to set in the so I decided it was time for me to pack & go. I’m sure I’ll return again – return soon quite frankly either to Squires Lake or some other spot that let’s me re-connect with the Natural World in which we live. It just reinforces the importance of what it is that we have here & how easy it would be to destroy it. We need more places in Whatcom County like this so that anyone can spend an afternoon as I did today.
If you’d care to view additional photos, you can access them at the Squires Lake Photo Gallery on my Facebook page.
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