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A Treasured Moment Together

Posted by Rachel Wendling at May 14, 2021 01:30 PM |

Every year, WTA invites photographers to share their favorite photos for our annual contest. Hiker Giselle Pichardo shared a shot with her family at Ebey's Landing last summer.

Gisselle Pichardo treasures any opportunity to connect with nature and her family.

“For us, having the chance of spending time with our girls without the distractions of modern-day life is something that we cherish and look forward to every weekend,” she says. “While it’s taken us awhile to get the girls used to all the walking— and the time away from toys, TVs, computer, etc.—we’re confident that we’re helping them become better, healthier adults in the future.”

Elbert Fernandez watches the sunset with his daughters Sophia, Miranda and Amalia at Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island. Photo by Giselle Pichardo.

Gisselle and her husband, Elbert Fernandez, try to get their girls out as often as they can. For this photo, the family had taken a trip over to Whidbey Island.

They took the trip because their three daughters, Sophia, Miranda and Amalia, love to ride the ferry. Once they were on the island, they wanted to add on a hike, so they headed over to explore Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. Gisselle says she loves taking her kids on trails because they offer the opportunity to connect with the natural world and disconnect from modern life.

“One of the many blessings of living in a place as amazing as the state of Washington is the amazing network of well-kept, well-signed and available trails just a short car—or even bike— ride away,” Gisselle says.

Gisselle snapped this photo as her family stood near one of the historic buildings at the reserve. She loves the peaceful scene the photo represents.

“I feel that the picture portrays a message of family union, love for nature and hope,” she says.

This article originally appeared in the May+June 2017 issue of Washington Trails Magazine. Support trails as a member of WTA to get your one-year subscription to the magazine.