On the way to our campsite we stopped at the Cascadian Farms store to stock up on fresh blueberries. These were huge - some of them were a half inch across.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
We spent last weekend camping at Howard Miller Steelhead Park on the Skagit River. On a nature walk along the river we stopped to munch on a patch of ripe blackberries. My daughter spotted this guy sitting on a blackberry leaf and he was polite enough to hold still for a portrait. I think this is a Pacific Chorus Frog.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
One week to go until school starts here in Bellingham. It had been one of my summer goals to seek out all the elementary school playgrounds for some summer park fun. We found one in early summer that we really liked and frequented it often and sort of abandoned the tour. Well the tour is back on. Its my goal to visit a different school each day this week. Yesterday, we met up with friends at Lowell Elementary on South Hill. It has a beautiful view of Fairhaven and the Bay. Now to decide which school to visit today.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Two super sweet little girls (yes, I'm probably a bit biased on that fact) look for ducks to feed at the pond at Whatcom Falls Park. Summer seems to have left us a little early and the last week has required a lot of long sleeved sort of days.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Life's been busy lately so I haven't had a chance to get out and get many pictures, but we're heading out camping this weekend so I'll get a good chance to load up. In the meantime, I'm digging back to a trip to the Cannon Beach and Manzanita area of Oregon that a friend and I took back in April.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I sure hope this little doggy enjoyed his trek across the lake. I certainly was nervous the whole time for him. But I noticed he appears to be wearing a little life jacket, so he was safe the whole time after all.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
I was lucky enough to attend a fantastic MLS matchup. The Seattle Sounders hosted the Vancouver Whitecaps at Cenurylink Field. Both teams are somewhat new to the MLS, but the two have been Cascadia rivals for over 30 years. Last year the Sounders won the Cascadia Cup, and the fans wanted to show off some pride right before this match started.
The Sounders prepare to defend a corner kick. The match was great fun and I'm a happy fan to report that the Sounders emerged victorious with a 2-0 win.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Bellingham's annual music festival, the Subdued Stringband Jamboree, is getting bigger and busier every year. Thank goodness some things never change, like the Saturday night square dance.
If you haven't had the chance to cross the Cascade Mountain via the north cascades highway, find time to do it! It's the highest pass in the state and brings you up close to some stunning peaks. There are a couple of incredible viewpoints, one at the summit and my personal favorite - the Lake Diablo overlook. The water is colored by the powdered rock from the surrounding hills that stays suspended in the water.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The lavender fields at Bellingham Technical College smell amazing and offer a relaxing spot to take a break from studying.
On a side note, Bellingham has made some national news over a facebook page titled "Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans". This has angered many Canadian shoppers and embarrassed many city officials who point out how much tax revenue the Canadian shoppers bring in. I work right next door to Costco, so I see much of the action. It is busy and it bit annoying at times, but if you go at the right times the lines aren't too bad. Come on, buck up Bellingham!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Concerned Bellingham residents are fighting to put an initiative on November's ballot to create an ordinance that outlaws the transport of coal through the city–a response to widespread concern about the increase in coal train traffic that could result if the Gateway Pacific Terminal project is built to export coal and other cargoes at Cherry Point.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
On Saturday nights 'Hamsters of all ages gather on Fairhaven's Village Green for a late movie under the stars. On this night we packed a blanket and sleeping bags (it's still cool in our corner of the country) and settled in for "The Muppets."