When I left home on a clear, early morning in mid-September, little did I know that I would end up meeting Mary, a wonderful young lover of nature on a backpacking adventure, and that both of us would receive a healing gift from a 'trail angel', called Paul, right at the foot of the magnificent Sahale Mountain. What an unexpected treat it was indeed!
My destination that morning was the Sahale Glacier Camp. Perched at above 7500ft and just below the glacier, the camp is used by backpackers and climbers wanting to summit the Sahale Peak. In Native American, Sahale means 'high place' and it is a perfect name, as one is high enough to take in the most incredible views the North Cascades have to offer.
I met Mary and Paul on the way up. Mary was lucky enough to get a backcountry permit and was heading for the campground to stay there overnight. Paul, a 75yo 'youngster', was day hiking this time, as he stayed at the camp on other occasions. The three of us decided to have a lunch break along the Sahale Arm. We shared stories and wellness tips, we laughed, we joked, and then Paul offered to give us a shiatsu massage and a quick self-care tutorial to 'take home' with us. Between the magnificent views and the heartwarming company, it was the most amazing day one could wish for.
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”