Bellingham is a college town, but it is also a town that has a great population of outdoor enthusiasts. Bike paths, hiking/running trails, lakes and saltwater all give a variety of options to the active outdoorsman/woman. The town is also near Mount Baker for skiing and hiking, and near the North Cascades highway, leading into the mountains and to Winthrop, for more skiing (both downhill and cross-country). It's an easy drive from Bellingham to Seattle, to Vancouver, B.C., or to the San Juan Island ferries. Beautiful situation on Bellingham Bay allows for fishing boats and pleasure crafts to use the large marina; old buildings filled with interesting shops and good restaurants offer great variety for browsing and dining. It is a super place for a young couple to begin their marriage.
We enjoyed a brisk, soaking walk in the wind and rain yesterday (this was a good test for our new, lightweight rain jackets purchased on sale from REI, which passed with flying colors). After throwing our jeans & socks in the dryer, we had a great dinner in a restaurant that is owned and run by a family from Sicily. Today, though I intended to go to Mass with Andrea, we slept in and had breakfast together.
Then Andrea took Gregg and me for a walk around Lake Padden, and we followed that with some fun browsing in the shops of the Fairhaven district, while David and Mike took an invigorating mountain bike ride. We met them for a delicious lunch afterward.
Thank you, Mike and Andrea, for inviting us to stay with you! We loved getting to visit with you, and cuddling with Kink, Monk and Lena. God bless you in your new home.