Even though the skies are choked with haze and smoke here in the Pacific Northwest, we still managed a little getaway to celebrate my birthday. One can’t stop living, right?
We drove north to Bellingham, home to Western Washington University and home to many memories for me. We stayed at our favorite spot in Fairhaven, an historic part of town complete with restaurants and shops all within walking distance of our hotel.
It was a relaxing few days filled with shopping, eating and scenic drives as we limited our time outside due to the poor air quality.
We’d hoped that rain would wash the smoke away and allow us to hike in the nearby mountains. But the little rain didn’t help much so we scrapped our plans. Two years earlier we’d visited the Mt. Baker Wilderness but even then it was wildfire season and smoke marred the views of Mt. Shuksan. We’ll have to return to see the mountain under clear skies.
Still, on our last day we managed to visit Whatcom Falls, a beautiful city park with trails through old growth forest along Whatcom Creek.
The forest beckoned, the air smelled fresh and there were miles of trails to explore. Even so we heeded the warnings and limited our time outside. Another reason to return when the skies are clean and more welcoming.