Lake Burien PT July 2019


July 2019


Keeping you current on all things LBPT

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I love the summer! There are so many opportunities to get out and do something fun. Right now, I’m getting ready to spend three weeks on the water. This is going to be our big family vacation for the year. It’ll be three

out on a paddleboard a couple of years ago. I skipped the lessons and just went out on the water.

Though there are many places that rent out paddleboards, I wanted an inflatable board, so I bought my own. It’s much easier to pack up in the car and put on the boat. It wasn’t easy at first, but I got the hang of it. It’s become another great way to meditate. When you’re out on still water on a calm day, it’s just you, your mind, and nature. You can breathe and take it all in. If you’re looking for a new way to both get a workout and meditate, paddleboarding is a great option!

weeks of sailing around the San Juan Islands and up into Canada!

As we sail the islands, we’ll also hike on a few of them. There are tons of great trails that don’t get much attention because they are out of the way for most people, which is nice

You do have to keep a close eye on nature when you’re out there though. Recently, I was out paddleboarding with a friend, and a seal

because it lets us get that much closer to nature without worrying about any crowds.

came right up to their board. I was a little worried it was going to jump up on my friend’s board, but thankfully, it swam off. I think it was curious about these new creatures that had entered its territory.

As good as it is to take time off to spend with family, it’ll be bittersweet when it ends. My son, Emerson, is getting ready to start high school. As a mom, it’s hard to believe we’re already there, but it is an exciting new chapter for him.

Another thing I’m looking forward to this summer is the farmers

At some point this summer between working at the clinic, sailing, and getting Emerson ready for high school, we’re hoping to build a shed in our backyard. The idea behind this shed is to give me a dedicated place to paint. Of course, every weekend we have to work on a shed, I have this habit of taking our family back on the water! I can’t get enough of it.

market! I love getting fresh fruit and vegetables. My mom has also been gardening more and growing some strawberries and blueberries, so we certainly won’t be having a berry

shortage any time soon!

–Dr. Orit Hickman

But I will say I have diversified my water activities. I’m doing more stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. I actually started getting • 1

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