one of my favorite places.

Friday, August 5, 2016

It’s been months since, but I had to share with you of that time I went back to one of my favorite places on Earth – Orcas Island. Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Washington state, I spent a full weekend there, experiencing true beauty in its purest form. 

@mhitchner1 and I
I remember falling in love with the place when I first visited a few years ago; it was during the winter time. It was quite cold, and I remember feeling invigorated by the chilliness of the seemingly empty island. Since it was off season, there weren’t a lot of people. It was so quiet. We drove around, walked around, and we welcomed the serenity. I found myself realizing that I may have found the most peaceful place I’ve ever been in.

Going back during the spring/summer time a few months ago was a much different experience. It's a time when locals open up their shops and stores to the tourists (like me) that flocked to their little island. It gives you a much busier vibe, but you relish in that colorful atmosphere too. We mainly stayed out of town, opting to camp. Nothing beats sleeping under the stars, roasting marshmallows at night with good company, and waking up in the morning to watch the sunrise and see deer next to you. 

The more I think about it, the more I feel that the reason I love this place so much is not necessarily because of the place itself. While Orcas Island is truly awe-inspiring and breathtakingly beautiful, I feel its power lies in its ability to transform. For me, while in a serene place like this, I feel I am given time to open my eyes, to help discover myself, to uncover the flaws needed to be fixed in my life, and to realize what truly matters in my life. 
our friends while we were kayaking
I feel that being one with nature, walking on the rocky beach, hiking up muddy hills, smelling the ground, kayaking in the clean water, and breathing in fresh, untouched air can do all that. I’m grateful for that. It's quite an invigorating experience.  
I remember as we got on the ferry back home, I looked back at the island with its natural beauty, thanking it for the memorable moments yet again. Until next time, I thought to myself. Until I see you again.


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