Gregg and I went up to Bellingham this weekend to see Mike & Andrea. It was such a treat to spend quiet time with them in their wonderful town. Bellingham has SO MUCH going on, all the time: it's a college town, a port, has incredible views over the water to the west (and the San Juan Islands), has a thriving outdoor athletic community, beautiful lakes nearby, fun shops and restaurants, breweries and lovely craftsman-style and Victorian architecture. We did a lot of walking, enjoyed their dogs and cuddled their cats (two of each), laughed and talked and caught up. Thank you for your hospitality, Andrea & Mike!
On the way up, we stopped in the town of La Connor, to see what everyone always talks about as an art destination. It was raining, gray and - sadly - a bit on the depressed side, economically (many empty storefronts), but we had a good lunch at a little waterfront pub and an excellent cup of coffee from a local roaster. I hope things will pick up for La Connor during the tulip season, for which the Skagit Valley is famous.
On our way home, we took the scenic route along Chuckanut Drive. We stopped to take a few photos, and to enjoy the view.