United States 18 June: Bellingham, WA - Mazama, WA
Bellingham to Mazama, WA
Our terrific run ends in Lake Patterson!
Morning shows the day! The team emerged fresh and well rested after staying at The North Lake Samish Inn for the night. A big thank you to Stota for organizing our fabulous accommodation! The North Lake Samish Inn very kindly offered us a discount on AirB&B! Thank you to Erica, the owner, and Loni, the manager, for their generosity.
Meanwhile, other members of the team stayed at Fairhaven Haven via AirBnB. Ross and Sharon Grier, the owners of Fairhaven Haven, let the Peace Run team spend the night free of charge! We are so grateful to Ross and Sharon for their generosity!
We then offered the Boys and Girls Club a Certificate of Appreciation, and a special Jharna Khala painting by Sri Chinmoy, the founder of the Run, about peace. A big thank you to Shane Collins, the Club Director, for spending some time with the Peace Run!
Anastasiya Lezhnina joins us on the Peace Run today, all the way from Ukraine! We are very happy to welcome her.
Don Smith, a Park Ranger, greeted us with an ice cold drink of grape juice and Emergen-C! He even followed us to a few of our running checkpoints to make sure we were hydrated and safe! Shirlee Donovan, his wife, also stopped by to offer her goodwill!
The Peace Wizard, Mr. John Bromet is 78 years young! He looks incredibly fit, youthful, and serene, and Boijayanti had the great fortune of meeting him during our run. He serenaded us with a very profound and soulful song about peace, and even offered to buy us an ice cream at Cascadian Farms! We are grateful to Peace Wizard for his kindness and inspiration, and hope to see him again sometime in the future, spreading the message of peace and love in his own unique way.
On the beautiful, winding roads from Withrop to Mazama, the boys take a moment to enjoy the snow-capped peaks.
Daulot Fountain, from Seattle, joined the team for a few days, and coordinated many of the local events!
The team concludes a long day of running at Patterson Lake, where the views were spectacularly peaceful and lovely. We spotted turtles, beavers, osprey, and other adorable wildlife near the lake! Here we are enjoying dinner after a long day.