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.
Looks like a great way to enjoy your special day!
Thanks John! It was a nice little getaway! 😊
Happy Birthday and here is to the fires going out soon. Stay safe.
Thank you so much! 🙂
A belated happy birthday, Susanne. Glad you had a nice celebration in idyllic surroundings. I smiled at the double-decker bus. I was on one just like that only last week.
Best wishes, Pete.
Thanks Pete. It’s one of my favorite places. 😊
Happy Birthday. Did the cats behave while you made your little getaway?
Thank you! I think they did but they never tell all. 🙂
You should leave a camera running and see what the boys get up to.
We have the neighbor check on them daily. Tiger stayed in the whole time, mostly sleeping I’m guessing. Benji opted to stay outside and who knows the mischief he got into! 😉
He may have his own blog as far as we know!