It’s our secret: Seattle-area weather is kind of great year-round, with mild misty swirling drizzles broken up b
It’s our secret: Seattle-area weather is kind of great year-round, with mild misty swirling drizzles broken up by more sunshine than you’ve heard. This summer has been positively beautiful, with enough sunny warmth to make a Texan feel at home.
Bastyr students make the most of it, heading out from Seattle and San Diego to study in the wilderness, train in far-flung clinics, kick back in the mountains, lounge on empty beaches, and enjoy well-earned rest in a thousand other ways. Here are some postcards.
Sara Bulson joined Bastyr’s Plant Identification & Medicinal Field Botany trip to Pete Lake in the central Cascades. She and her classmates learned about native medicinal plants and backpacked to stunning wild vistas and alpine lakes.
Reiko Kobayashi-Wagner (right) took a friend on a short hike to a big lake — the St. Edward State Park secluded beach on Lake Washington. It’s just a mile or so walking from Bastyr’s Kenmore campus, through forest of fir, hemlock, and Western red cedar, the tree of life.
Kimberly Knight took her first backpacking trip on the remote Olympic Coast, in between towering rock formations and the wild seething Pacific Ocean. “It was my first backpacking trip, something I swore I would never do,” she says. “I absolutely would go again.”
Evangelynn Honegger (far right) and classmates traveled with Naturopaths Without Borders to deliver medicine at a clinic in Rocky Point, Mexico, four hours south of Phoenix. "We got to practice so much and learn so much from amazing mentors with incredible knowledge, humility, and giving hearts,” say Honegger, the president of Bastyr’s Kenmore NWB chapter.
Leena Suthar and classmates took the Summer Massage Intensive on campus in Kenmore. The 11-week class prepares them for massage therapy licensure. For many students, that’s an appealing source of income and a chance to practice bedside manner and relating to patients.
California student Michelle Hamilton took weekly horseback riding lessons in Bosnall, California. “Horseback riding has many health benefits,” she says. “It helps physiologically with building strong abdominal muscles and quads. You also bond with the horse as you help with grooming them before and after your ride. It’s a lot of fun.”
Leah Gordon raves about the Ramona Valley wine country a half-hour east of Bastyr’s San Diego campus. “It has dozens of vineyards and wineries on the way up to Julian, which is the cute mountain town famous for its apple orchards and apple pies!” she says. “The vineyards are beautiful and it looks like Italy!”
Allison Donnell and two friends celebrated their first year in the naturopathic program with a swing through some of Canada’s most stunning mountains. “Basically, we made a two-week loop starting in Kelowna, British Columbia, up through Calgary and Banff National Park (picture), over to Revelstoke and Wells Grey, down through Whistler and Vancouver and back to Seattle,” she says.
See last year's postcards too!