Bellingham waterfront

Bellingham is about 90 minutes north of Seattle, and it makes a nice destination for a day trip.  I left the I-5 freeway just north of the Anacortes exit and drove leisurely through the countryside and along Chuckanut Drive.

Old barn on Hwy 11 near Bow, WA

Self-service farmer’s stand on Hwy 11 near Bow

The curvy Chuckanut Drive along Puget Sound

View of the sound from Chuckanut Drive

Bellingham itself has a welcoming, small-town feel.  I like the look of the weathered, old buildings near the waterfront and the small, independent cafes and coffeeshops.  I strolled along the waterfront paths of Boulevard Park, and  because I like to check out libraries on my travels, I stopped by the Bellingham Library.  Serendipitously, the library was hosting its Friends of the Library booksale.  I couldn’t resist buying five books from the gardening table at $1 each.  I will get far more than $1 worth of pleasure from each of these books.

Tansy (I think) — a spot of yellow along the path at Boulevard Park

Mural in downtown Bellingham

Sculpture outside Whatcom Museum

Old weathered building along waterfront

Table on the sidewalk outside the Mount Bakery Cafe, Bellingham

The five books I bought at the Friends of the Bellingham Library sale — a bargain at $1 each

The art alone will give me far more than $1 worth of pleasure.

Pages from My Garden by Mary Russell Mitford

“People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.”
— Proverb

Vancouver's glass skyline with red and yellow houseboats

My husband and I just returned from a weekend getaway to Vancouver, B.C.  We traveled on Amtrak, departing Seattle on Saturday morning and returning on the late Sunday train.  It’s been many years since we’ve spent a day in Vancouver, and we enjoyed walking the streets of a “foreign” city.  The heart of Vancouver is built on a peninsula, so it is surrounded on three sides by water.  It is a city of glass — many, many towers of glass form the city’s skyline.  I wonder how this openness, this permanent exposure, affects people’s sense of privacy.  I imagine that when the proverb about people living in glass houses was first uttered in the 1600s and 1700s, few could have conceived of the glass skyscrapers that have become common in our lives today.  With the internet, blogs, and social networks, much of our lives are open books.  Maybe living in a glass house is just another aspect of our transparency.

Sunday morning street in Vancouver

Vancouver's waterfront with soaring tent-like peaks of Canada Place

Canada's maple leaf flag

View of Mount Baker across Puget Sound from the Port Townsend waterfront

Port Townsend, with its many well-preserved Victorian homes and buildings, is one of the most picturesque towns in the Pacific Northwest.  It is a delightful destination for a day trip from Seattle.  The easiest way to get there is via the Edmonds-Kingston ferry to the Olympic Peninsula.  Here are some photos from a recent visit:

Mural at the Port Townsend marina

Another mural on one of the old brick buildings in the historic district of downtown Port Townsend

Another lovely mural seen while driving into town

Victorian architecture

Architectural detail on building

Seagull on the Port Townsend waterfront

Don't miss the Saturday market

Sunset over Puget Sound