by Sara Rahmani
“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” —John Burroughs
I grew up in Washington State within a short drive of the Cascade Mountains, the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier and Puget Sound. It is very easy to love nature here; I have grown up doing just that. Nature is all around and as a person who loves the outdoors, I can go to the beach almost year round, travel the area with my family, kayak, hike and explore the national and state parks, all while enjoying the fresh air. This past winter, I taught myself snowboarding and I am having a blast. I also enjoy camping and biking—outdoor activities you can do anytime of the year with the right gear.