2022 | Week 28

52 Hikes | 52 Homes

"Never let your fear decide your future."

This is WEEK at a GLANCE - a glance at 52 weeks of my PNW adventures!

Powered by passion and inspired by the Northwest, join me as I journey through life as an entrepreneur on a mission to make a difference in the lives of others, and in our community… one step at a time, one week at a time.


This week, I hiked to Melakwa Lake. But, honestly, I almost didn't go. At one point, I even pulled off the highway to turn around. But I kept going... with Woods Coffee of course. I was feeling extremely tired after a very busy work week - which included 17 showings and one long 12-hour day behind my booth at Redmond Derby days. For me, being tired isn't usually a factor when it comes to hiking. Typically, the adrenalin kicks in the moment I begin planning my adventure, so I knew this had to be different. I was scared. But not of heights this time, however. This time I was afraid of failing, rather than falling. I felt intimidated - as if I wasn't going to make it for some reason. Maybe it was because the last time I hiked here, I didn't make it out before dark... Or maybe it is because I had gotten a little spoiled with the proximity to serene water while on vacation. Either way, I had doubt, and I think that is what really scared me the most. With my mind over matter attitude, I changed my self-talk to 'I can do this' and before you know it, I was passing by waterfalls, climbing rocks, and dodging mosquitos - lots of mosquitos. Did you know that “Melakwa” is Chinook for “mosquito"? All bugs aside, I arrived at this incredible alpine lake where the water was so clear, it was like looking through glass. I was overwhelmed by how beautiful it was and was proud of myself for having the strength to overcome my fears. There are many places in the world that will take your breath away and this week I was reminded how lucky I am to live, work and explore in paradise, the Pacific Northwest. I also regained my confidence to ALWAYS say yes to adventures, because you never know what you are going to experience!

28/52 | MELAKWA LAKE | 8.5 MILES


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The 52 Difference.

Thank you to the City of Redmond for the opportunity to showcase PNW52 at Redmond Derby Days! I had a great time passing out free water, and prizes! And I even did a grand prize drawing for a TOP of MIND hat, which had the crowds lined up for hours - waiting for their chance to SPIN to WIN. It was so much fun and I had a great time engaging with the community.

Check out PNW52.com to learn more about my annual goal to summit 52 hikes & sell 52 homes, one per week. And for each home sold, I make a $52 donation to Washington Trails Association in support of our aligned mission to protect the place we call home, the PNW.

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CONGRATULATIONS NOA - The winner and proud new owner of a TOP of MIND hat! I am so excited to see you summit your goals - one step at a time, one week at a time.

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Hi! I'm Rachel Lloyd, a local Real Estate Broker and outdoor enthusiast who loves helping those establish deep roots in the Pacific Northwest.

With my unparalleled passion for service, I have been extremely successful in my ability to bring value to my clients. I am an expert on the products & services I provide and am known for developing lasting relationships throughout the PNW.

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