Our Personal Stories
When I was 13 or 14 years old, I went hiking with a friend and my parents along the
Anytime I am in nature, I feel at peace. Sometimes my family comes with me on these nature trips. I proposed to my fiancé at
-- Steve G.
I grew up on a small farm in Issaquah Creek. And, I remember going to the stream and sitting in the sunshine. I was alone listening to the birds. I realized the solitude and power of nature.
-- Sue M.
When I was 12, I went hiking at
-- Tim F.
I went on trip with my husband to
-- Marlette B.
When I was younger, I was in the Boy Scouts. For one trip we went to the
-- Bob B.
I was raised in northern
-- Helen McG.
When I was 18, I went on my first back packing trip to
I grew up on the edge of a ravine and spent a lots of time in the woods. When I was a teenager, I led Girl Scout troops camping and on backpacking trips. This was a powerful experience because I could hear nature’s sounds and did not hear any urban sounds (like cars). This observation has been really important in my life.
-- Debbie Y.
Anytime I am at the beach or on a mountain, I feel a sense of awe. You get to see forever and feel the expanse. On the Wonderland Trail, I saw a herd of caribou that was passing through my camp site. Later that trip, I pet a field mouse and saw a baby deer.
-- Bryan F.
When I was 19, I hitchhiked to places around the world - like Africa and the
-- Dennis H.
I went to
At a young age my family and I went hiking. After the hike we went swimming in the lake to cool off. Overcoming my fear of the lake and building a family connection while appreciating nature let me to realize the power of nature.
Tamara N. or Elizabeth F.
My fondest memories come from berry picking with my mom and grandma. We would go to the berry patch, pick berries and then go home and make pies and jam. I remember that they both had gardens and we would spend a lot of time in them and it took us away from all the daily distractions that life holds.
I was 15, hiking with a group of all ages, 8-60 years old, up in the mountains where there was a lot of snow and the terrain was rugged. One night we slept on the trail because there was no place to set up camp. We got lost and found our way again using the blazes on trees. It was dangerous and pushes us to the limits but it was also beautiful.
We took a family road trip to
One summer, my sister and I were playing hide and go seek and I decided to hide in a tree that was in the middle of a field. While up in the tree, I noticed tiny red ants climbing up the tree. That’s when I realized that the little organisms were a part of my playing.
Growing up my family had a small mobile home on a piece of waterfront property. I loved walking outside and seeing the trees without disrupting sounds. It was a wonderful place to be where there were no interruptions and gave me a sense of inner peace.
I was with my fast pitch team coming back from
At the age of 10 my friend and I created a fort in her backyard near Yelm in a neighborhood full of woods. We called it
Recently I went to Alpine Lakes to hike with some friends. While there we spotted a squirrel an endangered species actually, we thought it was so interesting how nature can help animals re-coop themselves
I recently went hiking and camping at
I went on a 10 day hike with my aunt recently in
I followed my grandmother into the woods when I visited her, we would do this as a ritual of communicating with nature. Being there, quiet and listening to what nature was telling us was our way of showing respect.