“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the busyness of life: kids, school, doctor appointments, groomer, summer scheduling, play dates, dentist, birthdays, weddings to plan, picnics to attend, family reunions to cook for,etc…It’s really hard to find quiet time or even alone time to sit still and allow the sun to warm my face and hear the leaves rustle in the wind, or listen to the birds sing a sweet song. I’m a Mama of two little girls, ages six and seven, an aging parent and both my husband and I work full time, so getting time away to sit and be in nature is a luxury these days. But, on a recent trip I had an epiphany…finding quiet time to be in nature is not a luxury for me, it’s an absolute necessity. It is my soul’s love language!
I recently went on a women’s retreat to a little town called Plain about 15 miles North of Leavenworth. During my two day stay I took in the quiet and stillness of this beautiful hideaway. I went on a nature walk along the Wenatchee River, wrote in my journal, napped in the sun and listened to the wind whip through the beautiful green trees. In that wonderful space of peace and contentment, God began to whisper and woo me. He reminded me of what was truly important in my life and how I needed to shift thing’s around to be more intentional with my time, my family and with Him.
So in the Spirit of God wanting to woo all His children, I’ve compiled a list of beautiful places in Washington you might hear your whispers.
Begin your journey here!
SPIRIT Staff Picks
- A stones throw from Leavenworth in a town called Plain. The Cornerstone Lodge is a great getaway.
- Chuckanut Drive / Chuckanut Ridge Trail
- Deception Pass State Park
- Freestone Inn at Wilson Ranch
- Cave B Resort Desert Yurts
- Grand Coulee Dam
- San Juan Island Kayaking Tours
- Moran State Park
- Mt. Rainier Gondola
- Mount St. Helens
- Tipsoo Lake-Naches Peak Loop
- Big Four Ice Caves
- Whatcom Falls Park
- Washington Coast – if you like camping or cabins check out Kalaloch, really neat beach/exploration area. It also makes for a beautiful drive if you go from Seattle Through Olympia out to the coast and take 101 all the way around, see the Hoh Temperate Rain forest, Hurricane ridge (if time allows) and take the ferry from Kingston to Edmonds home.
- Gotta love the Birch Bay Campgrounds. Fun camping and fun at the water park as well.
- Mount Ranier Hikes – day hikes out of Paradise or Sunrise
- Mount Baker – day hikes around Bagley Lakes & Table Mt
- Mount Wow
- Hurricane Ridge – several day hikes from the visitors’s center
- Seattle City Light Tours – of Ross Dam and/or Ross Lake Wilderness Area
- Fort Canby State Park – Lewis & Clark museum, day hikes along the bluffs, nearby Coast Guard base with surf rescue boats
- Lake Chelan to Stehekin and back
- Self guided tour of the Grand Coulee irrigation system from the dam, east side of Dry Falls, Trail Lake (if you’re adventurous), Billy Clap Lake, Soap Lake and the Potholes area.
- Ryegrass Summit & Rest Stop
- Ginkgo Petrified Forest
- Beacon Rock
- Leavenworth is my fav because it’s so close and you can do a weekend trip. Icicle Village is our fav to stay b/c of the mini golf and pool, feels like Disneyland for my kids.
- I love easy weekend getaways! The Pacific Northwest is full of them.
SPIRIT Listener Picks
- The ocean at sunrise and sunset
We’d love to hear from you. What are your picks. Where do you go when you need to hear the whisper?