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“There are countless ways in which nature contributes to integrative health and well-being.”

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Mount Rainier’s iconic inn reopens this summer.

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GET OUT AND GIVE BACK

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THERE ARE 101 WAYS TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS IN WASHINGTON DURING THE SUMMER.

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Sometimes the hardest part is deciding what to do. In this issue, local community members give their opinion about what they love most about the warm months. Member and instructor Jill Hummelstein finds her greatest joy swimming great distances in the open water. On page 48, she talks about how she transformed her regular swim practice into an effortless meditation that allows her to swim further and with more ease. She is also teaching others to do the same. Additionally, we checked in and got a tour of the newly renovated Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier. The historic structure has been around for 100 years, and now offers guests updated lodging for those visiting the iconic park. Read more about the changes on page 34. No matter what you do outside, it’s important to soak it in—your health and wellness might just depend on it. Flip to page 54 to learn about nature-deficit disorder, a condition people can suffer from if they become disconnected to the natural environment around them. Symptoms include depression and anxiety, but the fix is simple—get out more!

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Julie Arnan specializes in stories on life’s good stuff—food, wine, travel and culture. See Julie’s work on p.64

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FORMER SEAHAWK CONNECTS RENTON SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH HOMEBUYING PROGRAM The Pacific Northwest is a desirable place to live, and with that comes a hot housing market. Over the last month, in Renton alone, the average home sold for $500,000. In an effort to help its teachers afford homes in the area, Renton School District announced in early June a partnership with Landed, a homebuying down payment assistance and education program that was founded in 2015 in the San Francisco area. The program has since expanded to major cities, including the Seattle area. Former Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin helped bring this opportunity to the Renton School District, by introducing the superintendent to the Landed team.

REPORT: WASHINGTON AMONG STATES WITH LEAST AFFORDABLE CHILD CARE Parents struggling to juggle work, child care, and family finances aren’t alone. In fact, Washington ranks in the top 10 on the list of states with the least affordable child care for all children ages 5 and younger, and for school-age children during the summer, according to nonprofit organization Child Care Aware of Washington. Statewide, the average cost of child care for an infant and a preschooler in a center consumes 34 percent of the state median income.

queen bee opens new eastside location Queen Bee recently opened its third cafe — the first standalone location outside of an Aegis Living Community — in Clyde Hill. The third installment in the Queen Bee franchise echoes the ideas and values instilled in its other locations while also offering an expanded menu. Queen Bee is owned by Aegis Living, which got its start in 1997. Dwayne Clark, CEO of Aegis Living, continues to donate 100 percent of its proceeds to a local charity. For its Bellevue location, the company has chosen to support Bellevue LifeSpring.

To read the full stories, visit 425business.com.

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sacred not secret In ancient land passed down for generations, we learn “honi,” a traditional greeting. The trumpeting sound of the conch shell fills the valley. Hands placed on shoulders, leaning in until foreheads and noses touch. Inhaling and exhaling in unison. Some call it time-honored and ancestral. We call it “hello.”

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BAGUIO COUNTRY CLUB Baguio Country Club, located in the Philippines, is a flourishing, historically rich club for the whole family. FACILITIES

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This 70,708 square-foot facility houses over 165 guest accommodations, multiple meeting rooms, ballrooms, a fitness center, bowling center and library. Additionally, the club maintains many outdoor features including a heated swimming pool, 18-hole golf course, archery range, and many garden areas.

The club offers a diverse dining experience throughout the seven restaurants found on-site. From award-winning Japanese cuisine to an international buffet, perhaps the club’s most celebrated dish is their famous raisin bread from the pastry shop.

The beautiful, green environment surrounding the club makes it the perfect venue for golf. The club hosts many prestigious golf tournaments yearly, but also offers leisurely golf, bowling, darts, billiards and table tennis for those just looking for friendly competition. Surrounded by flowery gardens and fruit farms, Baguio Country Club offers visitors both nature and urban life as it overlooks Baguio’s culturally rich city center. Many enjoy familiarizing themselves with the area’s beautiful parks and vivid history. For more information, visit bcc.com.ph.

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Working with a CFP® Professional Not only was Tom Faley listed on the Forbes 2019 “Best in State Wealth Advisors” list,* but he is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional who is passionate about helping others. Backed by more than 20 years of industry experience, the rigorous education of the CFP® program, and being an Army Veteran, Tom is uniquely qualified to help you achieve your goals.

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casamigos tequila dinner Join us for a four-course dinner paired with Casamigos tequila and mezcal. July 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m. | Polaris $70/member. To make a reservation, please call 425. 688.3382

ABOUT CASAMIGOS

Casamigos uses traditional slow-roasting and smoking techniques combined with the high-quality agave plants of Mexico to create authentic tequilas and mezcal. Each of the four award-winning varietals is painstakingly crafted and perfectly aged based on its unique flavor profile. Maintaining the time-honored processes is of the utmost importance to co-founder George Clooney. To read more, visit casamigostequila.com.

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perfect summer cocktails with a twist

spicy jalapeño margarita 1.5 oz. Casamigos Blanco Tequila 1 oz. Fresh lime juice .5 oz. Simple syrup 1-2 Jalapeño slices Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Muddle jalapeño. Add ice. Shake vigorously for eight to 10 seconds. Fine strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice. Garnish with jalapeño slices.

la piña 2 oz. Casamigos Reposado Tequila 1 oz. Pineapple juice .5 oz. Fresh lemon juice .5 oz. Agave nectar 1 Pinch cinnamon 1 Large pineapple wedge Combine all ingredients into tin shaker. Add ice. Shake well. Strain into rocks glass. Add fresh ice. Garnish with a large pineapple wedge. 16 | july 2019 reflections


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FIND YOUR HAND BALANCE TWO WAYS TO GET UPSIDE DOWN THIS SUMMER

Join yogi Morgan Zion to explore the wonderful world of inversions, arm balances and handstands.

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sunday, august 18, noon–1:30 p.m. Demystify the handstand! This one-time, all-levels workshop breaks down techniques into easy, bitesized pieces. Learn creative and fun strength-building exercises that will have you inverting in no time. $45/member

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saturdays, aug. 24, 31; sept. 7, 14 1-2:30 p.m. Whether you’re an intermediate or advanced practitioner, this series is designed to ensure a safe journey into an inversion practice. Each session will further strengthen and stabilize the arms, wrists and core. $30/class

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WELLNESS

CHIC SHIELDS Blend bold fashion with a breakthrough in sun protection

After working in a top dermatology office in Los Angeles, Jen Podany created an edgy solution for clients who want maximum sun protection and privacy postprocedure. Unlike a typical sun hat, Bluestone Sunshields provide coverage for the entire face while allowing wearers to lounge and look chic.

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READING CORNER

BOOKS ON NATURE A TEMPORARY REFUGE

by Lee Spencer Lee Spencer was an archaeologist for 20 years but found that his larger calling was to protect wild steelhead salmon from poachers. He and his dog set up camp along Oregon’s North Umpqua River and protected, recorded and studied the fish he sought to protect.

It can be a struggle to put down the phone, get off the computer, turn the TV off and pick up a book. For some of us, it’s like pulling teeth. The same thing can be said about going outside. With 9–5 jobs, commuting, and a fitness routine in the gym, we spend a lot of time in buildings or cars. If you need a little inspiration, pick up one of these reads and take it to your favorite park.

OUR PLACE

by Mark Cocker If you’ve ever gone for a walk and raged as you walk past trash and debris contaminating the earth, every word that Mark Cocker writes will resonate with you. Cocker begins his book by explaining his vision: to save the British countryside and bring light to why it looks as it does today. Our Place is a composition for one of his favorite landscapes and a call to arms for the earth.

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THE LAST WILDERNESS

by Murray Morgan Originally published in 1955, The Last Wilderness tells the story of the Olympic Peninsula. Morgan dives into the landscape “more rugged than the Rockies” and the “cool jungle of fir and pine and cedar” founded by a rough-and-tumble group of pioneers. Let this good read carry you into the epic adventures of the first people to wrangle with the Puget Sound area in a humorous, saga-like narrative.

LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS

by Richard Louv Author Richard Louv studied the effects of urbanization on the day-to-day lives of children in bigger cities with less nature. In 2008, Louv coined the phrase nature-deficit disorder to explain the human cost of alienation from nature. NDD was never meant to be a diagnosis, but over time it became one that psychologists related to depression, attention and mood disorders. Read more about it on page 54.

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Like many people, an injury forced personal trainer Jason VanHollebeke to rethink his fitness routine. After years of grueling weight lifting, he herniated a disc in his back. To heal, he put the heavy plates down and turned to a practice anchored in mobility and flexibility drills, functional strength drills, cardiovascular exercises and, most important, a ton of fun. His current training philosophy focuses on creating longevity—for himself and his clients— and he has plenty of tools in his toolkit to do so. Below is a series he uses often with clients to emphasize spine health; it’s just a sample of his approach to keeping the body happy and healthy for decades to come.

exercises for spine health VanHollebeke learned firsthand that spine health is everything. Without it, movement becomes painful or even impossible. But you don’t need to endure an injury to know that. Sitting at a desk, driving a car or looking down at your phone too much can wreak havoc on your back. “A healthy spine allows for proper nerve function on which your brain, heart and other vital organs rely to function at a high level. Simple, daily exercises to restore the natural curves in your neck, upper back and lower back will help you better your posture, which, in turn, will help to alleviate joint pain and muscle stiffness throughout the body,” he says. Here are his recommendations:

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Prayer stretch—Place a chair roughly a foot in front of you while standing on your knees. Take your hands into a prayer position and then place the backs of your elbows on the edge of the chair. Allow gravity to take you deeper into this pose as you open through the armpits.

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T-spine twist—Start with your hands directly under your shoulders and knees under the hips. Rotating from your core, raise one hand up to ceiling. Return to starting position. Perform 10 to 12 repetitions and then switch sides.

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Pigeon pose stretch—From an allfours position, place your shins parallel to the front of a mat. Look up slightly. Advanced variation is to drop the head to the ground. Stay for 30 seconds to a minute, then switch sides.

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Cat-cow—From an all-fours position, arch your back and look up to the ceiling. Arch the back in the opposite direction, tucking the chin and looking at the belly. Perform the exercise 10 to 12 times in each direction.

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CHICKEN TORTILLA WRAPS ingredients

• A large avocado • 5 oz can organic chicken • 15.5 oz can black beans • 4 oz can diced green chilies • Sliced olives • Organic taco seasoning • One package of small, whole wheat tortillas • Cholula hot sauce (optional)

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THE PACKED LUNCH, REVISITED

Cut the avocado open with a knife and then mash it with a fork in a Tupperware container. Open, drain and mix the canned items into the avocado. Add about onethird of the taco seasoning to mixture (or more depending on preference). Stir in three to five drops of the Cholula, if desired. Spoon the mix onto a tortilla and fold to enjoy. Pack waste in a plastic bag to recycle later. Pairs well with blue corn chips and a few mango slices.

for your next day on the go, here are three protein-packed, low-sugar, dairyfree recipes that make adventuring easier. all three can be stored at room temperature until it’s time to eat and are perfect for your next family outing in the mountains or road trip with friends. the best part? they’re simple to create no matter the limitations of your locale and will leave you satisfied for hours on end.

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COCONUT ENERGY BARS

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• 1 tbsp. coconut oil, plus more for spreading • 1 cup raw almonds • ½ cup raw cashews • 1¼ cups pitted dates • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

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Spread a thin layer of coconut oil over an 8-by-8- or 9-by11-inch baking pan and cover with parchment paper. In blender, chop almonds and cashews until broken into tiny pieces. Add the dates. Scrape down blender sides with a spoon. Add coconut shreds and coconut oil. Blend until combined. Remove the dough and spread it evenly across the parchment-lined pan. Use a spoon to create a flat bar surface, and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until ready to be cut. Divide evenly into 12 bars. Pairing: Snap peas and a square of dark chocolate.

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Combine all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in a blender and blend on low speed until mixture is smooth (20–30 seconds). Scrape down the sides and blend an additional five to 10 seconds. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and stir in chocolate chips. Cool in refrigerator for 10 to 30 minutes. Set oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Remove mixture from refrigerator and use a ¼ cup measuring cup to scoop mix onto the parchment paper. Note: Dough is very sticky. For best results, wet hands with water and use them to roll dough into balls. Flatten the mix until it reaches desired thickness (about ¼ inch high). Bake for 17–20 minutes, rotating tray after 10 minutes. Cool completely in refrigerator and store in covered container until ready to eat. Pairing: Piece of thick-skinned fruit (e.g., apple, banana or orange) and almond milk.

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ecreationists and mountaineers can now enjoy updated accommodations when exploring Washington’s most visited national park. Earlier this summer, community members gathered to celebrate the reopening of Paradise Inn, the 100-year-old National Historic Landmark and inn located 19 miles into Mount Rainier National Park. The rehabilitation project cost $25 million and took 19 months to complete. Improvements included all-weather insulation, soundproofing and updated bathrooms as well as a complete restoration of the building’s aging foundation. The changes made were designed to provide structural stability for seismic activity, using energy-saving and environmentally friendly practices. “A lot of buildings have come and gone on the mountain. It’s amazing this one remained after 100 years,” says John O’Connor, superintendent at Korsmo Construction. “With the improvements we made, the next 100 years will be a lot easier. This building will be here for a long time to come.” Roughly 1.5 million visitors travel to experience the mountain each year. And Paradise Inn is one of few options for indoor sleeping. However, the historic building also represents a dedication to preserving the land and history for future generations of explorers. During the reopening ceremony, council members of the Nisqually Indian Tribe and Cowlitz Indian Tribe gave tribute through song, dance and story, demonstrating how their ancestors lived in harmony with the mountain and its resources. “This place connects us across the national landscape,” says Mount Rainier’s Historical Architect, Jared Infanger. written

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This summer there are myriad ways to enjoy Mount Rainier and the surrounding recreational areas. Whether it’s a summit attempt or a casual family day among the wildflowers, book a room at the inn and get a good night’s sleep before or after a day of exploration.

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July 20, September 8 Ride the rails in a vintage coach while sipping local brews. Depart from the Mount Rainier Railroad depot in Elbe and trek through the Nisqually valley in the foothills of Mount Rainier. The tour ends at a historic logging camp, where the official tastings begin. Each day features different local breweries with representatives discussing the beverages at hand. Lunch, live music and views of other historic locomotives round out a perfect opportunity for an old-fashioned outing. For more information, visit mtrainierrailroad.com/rails-to-ales

day hiking to camp muir

July–September Every weekend from July through September REI hosts guided trips to Camp Muir, the base camp many climbers use to attempt the summit. This day hike, which reaches 10,000 feet, is perfect for those who want a taste of mountaineering or expansive views of the dramatic landscape. Getting up-close glacial views are well worth the work you will put in. REI provides gear, lunch and basic mountaineering lessons. For more information, please visit rei.com/events/41249/hiking-camp-muir-mtrainier-national-park photography by taryn emerick

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July 6 Swill Washington’s premier wines while taking in the mountain views at this beloved event. The festival provides a lively atmosphere that includes live music, small bites and plenty of activities that celebrate the local landscape and culture. Please note: This event is not on Mount Rainier but within a short drive. For more information, please visit visitrainier.com/events/10th-annual-rainierwine-festival/ 36 | july 2019 reflections


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Samaria Daniel and Hadley Beacham, founders of the Sprouting Image, specialize in introducing kids to the wonderful world of photography. “We have found that allowing kids to have the opportunity to take pictures and experiment is a simple way for them to be creative and to practice strong observational skills.” They are hosting a workshop this summer at the Bellevue Club; below they give a sneak peak of the lessons planned for little ones.

Reflections magazine: What are the biggest challenges when teaching kids photography? The Sprouting Image: One challenge we face when teaching kids about photography is they can get frustrated when their idea doesn’t come out exactly as they imagined. When you discuss their images, ask if they are happy with how their picture turned out and if there is anything they are frustrated about. This will allow you to problem-solve together, try again, or find more appropriate camera settings, light or angles. RM: What are some of the benefits to introducing photography at a young age? TSI: There are a number of benefits that come from young kids practicing photography. Learning to control a camera allows them to spend time being creative while also practicing simple math and science skills. As they experiment with their camera, they are tasked with having to be patient and thoughtful while also applying observational and problem-solving skills. As they gain more confidence in themselves as creators, they will start to experiment more with their exposures and learn which colors, lighting, textures and compositions delight them. Through practicing photography, they will grow as artists and learn to create unique images of their own.

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TIPS FOR INTRODUCING KIDS TO PHOTOGRAPHY

Get outside It’s the best place to start due to natural light. Let them use your camera If a child is old enough to keep a camera around their neck, trust them! Reiterate the rules When you go over rules, remind kids the camera is a delicate tool and can break if they are not mindful. After responsibility and trust are discussed, we find kids are usually responsible with equipment.

Give them goals This might be a timed challenge where they are tasked with capturing as many yellow objects as they can find, or to take sets of photographs showing opposites such as hard versus soft or round versus sharp. Find a prompt that makes their eyes light up, and go with it. Discuss their images Ask how they feel about what they captured and what their thought process was like. Share what you notice and find interesting about their creations. Celebrate creativity Print out their photos, and hang them in the house. It’s rewarding to see your work hanging on a wall, and it will help build their confidence as a creator. We recommend using mpix.com.

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Ages 6–12 | July 29–Aug. 2 and Aug. 12–23 There are two Bellevue Club opportunities to join the talented photographers from the Sprouting Image to explore the art of photography. Students will learn the ins and outs of how to control cameras and lighting as they create expressive works of art. To register, visit members.bellevueclub.com or call 425.688.3177.

RM: Do you have recommendations for cameras and equipment for kids? TSI: Our two favorite cameras to teach with are the Sony A7ii and the Canon 7D with various lenses, but we also own a wide variety of digital and film cameras, and all of them are useful tools for teaching basics. Our recommended cameras are great for in-depth learning to control all aspects of the camera. RM: Any other tips or thoughts? TSI: Making art should be fun, and even though there are technically a lot of “rules” about what makes a great photo or piece of art, we want our students to have the drive to create for themselves! It’s rewarding when students start to notice what makes them excited and happy to become active leaders in the creative process. For more information, please visit thesproutingimage.com. Follow them on Instagram @thesproutingimage and at facebook.com/TheSproutingImage/.

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A local favorite, REI is committed to maintaining national parks and being eco-conscious. As an outdoor equipment retailer its success hinges on the environment’s health. The REI co-op gives back 70 percent of its profits to the outdoor community, including local trails and parks. For more information, please visit rei.com.

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Tentree is a sustainable clothing and apparel company committed to planting 10 trees for every item sold. Using eco materials, Tentree items are made from sustainable fabric blends including coconut buttons, hemp, organic cotton, recycled polyester, cork and more. With every purchase, Tentree will include a code that lets consumers track where their trees are planted and how those tarees will affect the environment and local community. For more information, please visit tentree.com.

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Osprey is an independent backpack company based in Colorado. The company’s headquarters runs on 100 percent renewable energy with limited waste. Each pack is made with sustainable materials and recycled packaging, and comes with the “All Mighty Guarantee,” which is essentially a lifetime warranty to encourage people to trade in their old packs and reduce waste. For more information, please visit osprey.com.

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Solo Eyewear is one of the leaders in percentage-of-purchase being given back to the community. Solo Eyewear specializes in sunglasses that are environmentally responsible and made from bamboo and recycled materials. Solo Eyewear’s biggest contribution to the worldwide community is their promise with each purchase: For every pair of glasses sold, Solo helps to fund the restoration of vision for a person in need; so far, they’ve restored the vision of more than 15,000 people in more than 30 countries through partnerships with Aravind Eye Care System and Restoring Vision. For more information, please visit soloeyewear.com.

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SWIMMING is one of the greatest pleasures of Jill Hummelstein’s life. But a few years ago injury set in to her shoulders. “It was because of poor technique,” she says. She taught herself to swim at a very young age, and over the years shoulder pain crept in and impacted her enjoyment of long, open-water swims in the oceans of Greece, Turkey, Italy and the Puget Sound near Whidbey Island, where she lives. In pursuit of a fix, Hummelstein, now 58, found Total Immersion swimming, a technique developed for open water by the highly decorated U.S. swimmer Terry Laughlin. The technique emphasizes using the hips and core to drive the stroke and allowing the arms and legs to act as secondary propulsion mechanisms.

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The outcome is a streamlined, efficient movement that produces very little drag or splash. It’s meant to mimic the way fish move through water, and many swimmers find they are less exhausted and can swim further and faster. “It took me a long time to undo all the bad habits,” Hummelstein says. “I had to completely deconstruct my stroke and put it back together.” Hummelstein says one of the main things that sets Total Immersion apart from other techniques is that the rebuilding process includes precision dryland drills, video analysis (both under- and overwater), heart rate monitoring and the use of a tempo trainer, a small metronome that fits under the swim cap. “It’s a very systematic and incremental process.” The technique alleviated Hummelstein’s pain and injury, and she says she looks forward to enjoying the sport for many more years. But she also experienced an unexpected side effect—the ability to tap into a flow state. “It’s at once both cerebral and completely body-oriented, the intention is to be in harmony with your body and the exigences of the water,” she says. “When you focus on the smallest thing—like the feeling of your hand entering the water—you can fall into a meditative state. It really is the perfect thing for longevity because it’s not frying your nervous system like so many other activities can. When you’re done, you’re refreshed.” bellevue club july 2019 | 51


THIS CONNECTION with her mind and body followed her outside

of the pool as well. “It gave me gears. It showed me that if I’m in a stressed state, I have the ability to change channels and be more present with my surrounding and my body.” Another surprising benefit was that Hummelstein says she felt more athletic than she ever had. “I just wanted to heal myself, and I ended up discovering this inner athlete I didn’t know I had,” she says. In the near future, she is going to put this to the test with a few open-water races, leading up to a 7K. Hummelstein is so enthusiastic about the process that she wanted to share it with others. She is now a certified Level 3 Total Immersion coach, one of very few in the Pacific Northwest. Her training certifies her to develop personal practice plans for all levels of athletes, teach all four strokes, and offer detailed instruction on technique to improve speed, endurance and comfort. She is co-teaching a series of clinics at the Bellevue Club this summer.

OPEN-WATER SWIM SAFETY Hummelstein is a huge proponent of practicing good safety habits. Here is her checklist for open-water swimming: Bring a swim buoy This personal floating device attaches around the waist with a belt and provides a bright visual so that others can keep an eye on you. Always swim with a buddy Never swim alone in open water. Ever. Check the weather, tides and algal blooms Swimming in open water exposes you to more elements than in a pool. Be sure to check all the conditions before heading out.

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UPCOMING CLINICS

August 17–18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $495. Video analysis included. All levels welcome, but participants must know how to swim. This clinic will be co-taught with Grant Molyneux, Total Immersion coach and accomplished triathlete with 82 triathlons, six marathons and one Ironman under his belt. October 5–6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $495. Video analysis included. All levels welcome, but participants must know how to swim. This clinic will be co-taught with Teresa Seible, Total Immersion master coach and veteran of two Ironmen, three half Ironmen, five marathons and many other short-course triathlons. For more information or to register, call 425.688.3177 or e-mail athleticservices@bellevueclub. com. Hummelstein is also available for private lessons: 30 min., $50; 45 min., $75; 1 hr., $100. E-mail Hummelstein at jillhum@gmail.com.


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2008 Richard Louv coined the phrase naturedeficit disorder in his book Last Child in the Woods, which investigated the relationship between children and the natural world. To grasp the human costs of alienation from nature, it’s important to understand two things: First, the term biophilia, which explains our innate tendency to connect with nature and other forms of life. Biophilia is often cited as the reason we perform better in workplaces with plants and water installations or dog-friendly offices. Second, according to a study conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93 percent of their life indoors. Roughly 87 percent of that time is inside and the other 6 percent is spent in cars, buses, trains, et cetera. Nature-deficit disorder quickly became a real diagnosis for not only children suffering from the side effects but also adults. He argues that even though humans have been urbanizing and moving indoors since the introduction of agriculture, the most recent social and technological changes in the United States in the past three decades have accelerated the change to an unmanageable level. His research inspired groups across the country to create nature and wellness centers completely focused on engaging humans in nature and the benefits associated with that.

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Let’s get real: It’s time to go outside. More so, it’s time to take a real, honest look at the time we spend indoors and what that’s doing to us and future generations. That’s right, we’re talking about the latest epidemic to hit the United States, naturedeficit disorder.


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Wilderness Awareness School, a Washington not-for-profit organization, was created in 1983 with a mission to help people cultivate healthy relationships with nature based out of the understanding that most people have a deficit in their day-to-day lives. “One of the greatest challenges for adults is simply slowing down. The over-culture in America rewards us for being busy and guarded; at the same time, it conveys that we haven’t accomplished enough yet because there is no ceiling to how successful or attractive we can be,” says Elizabeth Penhollow, the organization’s Youth Program Assistant Director. “There is a growing body of research that examines the countless ways in which nature contributes to integrative health and well-being.” Nature-deficit disorder can lead to ADD, depression and mood disorders. Research has also shown a correlation between nature-deficit disorder and limited respect for one’s immediate surroundings, meaning the problem could lead to health issues for future generations and the earth. “Learning about the research is helpful, but really all you need to do to start receiving the health benefits is go outside,” Penhollow says. “If you're in need of a nudge to strengthen your connection to nature, perhaps identify a few nurturing activities you already do and take them outside. Take a walk during the evening golden hour and find a place to rest for a few minutes. Gradually increase that time of rest.”

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PENHOLLOW’S TIPS AND TRICKS Consider the view when you’re eating. Do you have access to a window, park bench or patio for your meals? Set a timer during your workday to look out a window or go outside. A dog is an excellent walking companion; if you have one, are they getting enough exercise? Find a group of supportive people with similar interests in nature. Apps can help! Check out Nature Passport, co-created by IslandWood in Washington and Nature Play in Western Australia Add five to 10 minutes of outside time to your daily commute.

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Today, science is playing catchup to urbanization. Studies from Japan found that walking in greenery brings the average person’s cortisol (stress hormone) levels down 12 percent with a 7 percent decrease in sympathetic (fight or flight) nerve activity. Research from the National Academy of Sciences found that 90 minutes in nature reduces “rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation,” meaning negative thought patterns are calmed and therefore an individual is at lower risk of depression. You’re convinced, right? Sounds simple and easy during midsummer, but what about the winter months, when stepping outside runs the risk of a cold? The benefits of going outdoors can’t be beat, and a recent study by the EPA blows all the preconceived notions of winter wellness out of the water. This study found that the concentration of pollutants is two to five times higher in areas with greater population than in nature.

People often think that getting a cold or flu in the winter comes from being cold outside, but the opposite is true, colds and flus are more predominant in the winter months because we’re spending more time inside with higher concentrations of airborne pollutants. Being outside during winter months can have greater benefits on your emotional health than in summer months because there’s a proven correlation to a reduced risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) when people go outdoors, even in the cold.

To learn more about local resources and adult or youth programs to get outdoors, visit the Wilderness Awareness School site at wildernessawareness.org.

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f iv e ways to ex plor e l a push Rugged coastlines, mercurial weather and lush forested landscapes make La Push a magical location on the Olympic Peninsula. Camp, hike or get educated in local lore this summer. surf

The place where the Quillayute River meets the Pacific Ocean is a favorite surf location for many thrill-seekers in the Pacific Northwest. The waves are good for all experience levels, but the water is cold, rip currents can be strong and wildlife (particularly sharks) is abundant at times. This sport doesn’t come without risk, but the beautiful beaches and surrounding environment are unlike any other surf spot in the world.

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There are many hikes that lead to the foggy beaches, sea stacks and sunsets of La Push. The trails vary in difficulty but all provide relatively easy access to classic beach camping or a day hike with the family. First, Second and Third Beach are all accessible with short hikes through the forest that are under two miles. If you choose to camp, be sure to get the proper permit, available at the Port Angeles Ranger Station.

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The Whale Trail is a collective of more than 100 sites across Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia dedicated to viewing the marine wildlife that thrives in this part of the world. Whales, sea lions, dolphins, otters, fish, birds and more are visible throughout the year. Forty-six of these sites are in Washington, and La Push and the surrounding beaches are home to about a dozen. For exact locations, visit thewhaletrail.com.

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In mid-July, the Quileute Tribe celebrates the history of their land and heritage with a traditional salmon bake, canoe races, games, fireworks and more. The Quileute Days event runs from July 19-21. For more information, please visit quileutenation.org.

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The popular book and movie series Twilight famously put Forks and La Push in the spotlight. Fans travel far to experience the landscape that inspired a literary and cultural phenomenon. Die-hard fans should plan a trip that coincides with Forever Twilight in Forks, a three-day festival that celebrates the vampire series. The event takes place from September 12-15 and includes local vendors, food, activities and more. For more information, please visit forkswa.com.


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DISCOVERING IRELAND Coming from the Emerald City, I thought I knew green. But the Emerald Isle takes verdant landscapes to a whole new level. Ireland bleeds green, pulsing with lush grass and trees dripping with moss. Woolly sheep and sturdy cows graze in pasture paradise, roaming the hillsides past castle ruins and marshy glades. There’s no such thing as “hurry up” in Ireland, and “island time” seems to apply despite the lack of palm trees. Roads twist helter-skelter through the countryside with barely enough room in each lane for a compact rental car, much less the lorries barreling about. Hedges and stone walls line the roads, leaving no shoulder and only rarely offering a place to pull off and snap photos. The lack of suitable stopping points drove me crazy as we zoomed by the gorgeous landscape, though eventually I learned to look more deeply and soak it all into my mind’s eye. In a land full of castles, why settle for a plain hotel? Many Irish castles have been retrofitted as hotels. They vary in degrees of authenticity and range of modern comforts. Some only resemble a castle from the facade, while others are quirky with a musty sense of time gone by. During our eight nights, we stayed in five different castles spanning the central section of the country. On night one, we braved the dark, rainy roads in our rental car, relearning how to drive—left-handed stick shift, opposite side of the car and road—just hoping Google Maps wouldn’t steer us wrong.

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But our efforts were rewarded. There’s nothing like pulling up to a castle at night when it’s all lit up and looming. Cabra Castle, located in Cavan, has a beautiful exterior shape and is popular for weddings. We checked in and wound our way to the back of the castle to our courtyard room. Not in the castle proper, the courtyard rooms are located in renovated outbuildings. Stone walls lent an air of mystique, and the red velvet throw on a massive wooden canopy bed spelled a royal night of sleep—much needed after the long day of travel.


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The next morning, after navigating the many passageways to the dining room only to find out we had missed breakfast, we headed outside to explore the grounds. A golf course and a wooded trail spread out in front of Cabra Castle with green fields to the south. It was only later that we discovered the castle is considered one of the most haunted in Ireland. Midday, we began our two-hour drive to Kilronan Castle for a two-night stay. About 30 minutes before we reached our destination, we stopped at the charming town of Carrick-on-Shannon for lunch. Far larger than the micro-villages lining the roads along the way, Carrick-on-Shannon felt downright bustling. A friend recommended lunch

at the Oarsman, a restaurant near the river. With a steaming bowl of mussels cooked in cider (revelation!), thick, fresh bread and a mountain of the world’s best butter, we eased into Irish life with satisfied smiles. Kilronan Castle is situated on 40 acres adjacent to Lough Meelagh, near the town of Ballyfarnon (a word we repeatedly said just to practice that lovely Irish lilt). The five-star hotel includes many shiny coats of armor in the entry and hallways, a restaurant and bar on-site and a full-service spa on the main level. There’s a great walk through the woods to the lakeshore, and we imagined sitting out on the patio during warmer months (November was a wee bit chilly).

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Our journey to Lough Eske Castle took us through Sligo, a working-class industrial town that includes a first-rate food scene, even an officially mapped Food Trail. Looking for a cup of coffee, we visited the Lyons Café & Bakeshop, where aromas of freshly baked bread, pastries and other goodies practically lifted us up the stairs by the nose. Coffee procured, we ordered the signature breakfast sandwich—the MERC (muffin, egg, rashers, cheese). The sourdough bread was perfect with a crisp exterior and soft, chewy, sour interior; the goldenrod-colored egg yolk glowed with country vigor; well-aged cheddar oozed from the sides like lava; and the rashers—country ham—were fresh, sweet and spot-on salty. We congratulated ourselves on living our best lives for the next hour or so while completing our trip to Lough Eske Castle and then really began to pat ourselves on the back when we walked into this beautiful five-star property. Located near Donegal, the “coolest place on the planet” per National Geographic Traveller, Lough Eske Castle was hewn from local stone and dragged piece by piece behind Clydesdale horses in the 14th century. It has been meticulously restored and updated with gorgeous finishes, a spa and a restaurant, and luxe rooms boasting huge bathrooms with walk-in showers, claw-foot tubs and heated towel racks. But our day was not for lounging. We had plans to see Slieve League, the tallest accessible sea cliffs in Europe, located more than 50 km west of the castle. The sun sets early in Ireland during November, and we wanted to get there before sunset. It took about an hour and a half to reach the cliffs, winding through stunning seaside landscapes and villages. Plus, we stopped for a bite at Fintra Beach, a beautiful crescent-shaped sandy beach with huge climbable rocks, to put our fingers in the water and play with our drone before we reached the cliffs with their bracing gusts of wind. Having played too long, we rushed the rest of the way to Slieve League and parked just as the sun was splashing color across the sky. There is a viewing platform in the parking lot, but we opted to climb the steps of One Man’s Pass to the top. The cliffs are stunning monuments of stone, plummeting 2,000 feet into the roiling Atlantic Ocean—that’s twice as high as the more famous (and crowded) Cliffs of Moher to the south. The cliffs have long been a sacred site. Remains of a Christian monastic chapel and beehive-shaped huts still dot the landscape. With daylight fading, we headed back to Donegal for dinner and then some R&R at the castle. The next morning we left Lough Eske Castle, regretting that we had only the one night there. But with a three-hour car trip ahead of us, southwest to Clifden, we had to get going. Unfortunately, five minutes outside of the castle, we hit a spot of trouble—a flat tire. And although we had sprung for the full-coverage insurance and roadside assistance, the tire was beyond saving. We needed a new tire or a new car, but neither was available on a Sunday in Ireland when everything is closed. We ended up in Sligo for a night instead of arriving at Abbeyglen Castle for the first of a two-night stay. So we made the best of it and hit up Thomas Connolly Bar, the oldest traditional pub in northwest Ireland. Three pints of Guinness and two new Irish friends later, we retired at the quirky Glasshouse Hotel.

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CLIFDEN CASTLE

Monday morning, with a fresh tire affixed to our car, we made our way southwest. The second half of the trip was truly breathtaking as the road funneled through lush valleys hemmed in by soaring mountains and dappled with sunlight breaking through the clouds. As we neared the coast, small artisan shops popped up here and there selling handmade knitted items, jewelry and trinkets showcasing the local green marble, and other woolen wares. Abbeyglen Castle Hotel sits atop a wooded hillside in the seaside town of Clifden. Built as a private home in 1832, the castle also served as an orphanage for nearly 100 years before being abandoned by humans and discovered by local livestock. It was purchased and restored in 1969 and offers quaint countryside charm. The standard rooms are small and reminded me of Grandma’s house; however, we adored our spacious superior room at the end of the hallway with its four-poster canopy bed, in-room fireplace and large bathroom with soaking tub. We laid down on the soft bed for a quick nap that afternoon, lulled to sleep by the hypnotic sound of the creek outside. Surely there were fairies sprinkling us with their glittery sleeping dust because we didn’t wake up until morning, completely missing the complimentary champagne hour and dinner.

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Since we had missed our first night at Abbeyglen, we were scheduled to leave the castle and drive toward Dublin that day. But I couldn’t stomach the thought of hopping in the car just yet and decided to venture out on my own—just an auburnhaired Irish lass splashing about the countryside in search of an adventure. It was raining lightly as I walked through Clifden and turned a sharp right along the harbor. The wind whipped my curly mane into a voluminous tangled mess, but I couldn’t have cared less as I inhaled the brisk sea breeze. Thinking I had hit a dead end, I spied a gate nearby on the hillside somewhat hidden by brambles. My route had appeared. I climbed the wooden gate, meant to keep livestock from escaping their pasture, hiking up the narrow pathways that wound around the end of the hillside overlooking the sea. The rain had dissipated with sunrays sabering through the remaining clouds, lighting up the landscape in blinding streaks of gold. The hillside turned upward through a cow pasture. I kept my gaze downward as I walked to avoid cow patties and ankletwisting holes. When I stopped to check the time, I looked up and there before me were the ruins of Clifden Castle. I climbed another gate and explored the ruins. Blackbirds were nesting in the open towers and alighted all at once, trading the turrets for a nearby tree. I left by a different road, walking past cows, standing stones and sheep, ending up on Sky Road, which led to Abbeyglen Castle. When I finally returned to the castle, we checked out and took a sunny 11 km drive down Sky Road, which splits into upper and lower sections. The upper section treats drivers to spectacular rugged views of the Connemara area and coastline. The road is also popular with cyclists—and sheep. On the way toward Dunboyne Castle near Dublin, we stopped to check out the seaside city of Galway. The streets were dressed up for the holidays, and it was fun to peruse the retail offerings of Shop Street. Our final two nights in Ireland were spent at Dunboyne Castle. It lacked real castle charm but wasn’t too far from Dublin by bus. The next morning, the wind picked up while we waited for our bus to arrive, so we ducked into Broadway Café for a coffee. I stumbled upon a fantastic bowl of Irish oats with cream and topped with berries. Perfectly fortified for a day of traipsing about Dublin, we headed to the big city to be tourists. The Guinness Storehouse tour is definitely worth the 25 euro entry fee, and the Trinity College Library (and the Book of Kells!) had my literary heart beating with inspiration. Yeats, Shaw, Beckett—Ireland has produced poets and storytellers of the highest caliber. After having seen the land of their birth, the imagination muse is easy to picture. Hint: it’s green.


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