When I last left you hanging, we were on Chuckanut Drive south of Bellingham headed north. Today we're in the beach town of Birch Bay, almost to the Canadian border in western Washington. We arrived just in time to settle in for the Seahawks game wearing comfy polka dot slippers and socks that we bought in Coupeville.
The state park has gorgeous views over the bay, and I think those are the Canadian Gulf Islands on the horizon. We walked and explored the nearly two miles of saltwater shoreline and forested trails for hours.
After our hike, we grabbed a delicious lunch at Via Birch Bay, then headed to the quaint town of Lynden, about half an hour east. First stop: Lynden Dutch Bakery!!!
The town lies in a broad valley along the winding Nooksack River. The surrounding area is filled with dairy, raspberry, strawberry and blueberry farms. Although not founded by the Dutch, there were a lot of Dutch immigrants later and the town paid tribute to them by developing a Dutch theme, including windmills throughout town.
We went back to our condo fortified with bakery treats and a rental movie. Just so we wouldn't starve, I baked brownies to eat during the movie. That was our last night in Birch Bay, and the next morning was too rainy to walk.
THIS IS WHERE THE PICTURE YOU WON'T SEE WOULD GO. It's the long, rainy slog home down I-5 in horrendous traffic. Going up via the ferry and Whidbey Island was so much nicer, but longer. We rewarded ourselves by ending the hair-raising (for me since I was driving) trip by going straight to our favorite Mexican restaurant when we got to Gig Harbor ... El Pueblito's!
|Final Forks photo of the trip.|
Have a colorful day