Sunday, March 18, 2012

Walks, Hikes and Wanders #6: Fairhaven to Bellingham

On March 7, one of the few sunny days we have had this month, Mr. D and I headed north to Bellingham. This is a favorite day trip of ours. It's only about two hours away, and we always find something interesting there to explore.

We started out in Fairhaven, Bellingham's fantastic historic district. We have spent a lot of time in Fairhaven on other visits, so this time, we deviated from our usual pattern and did not browse some of the  unique shops and galleries there. Instead, we almost immediately started off on a walk on the South Bay Trail, a 2.5 mile bicycle/pedestrian trail which connects Fairhaven and downtown Bellingham. Part of the trail extends out over Bellingham Bay, and and it was there that I spied the wonderful lines of this ramp:

A little further along the trail we stopped to enjoy this sculpture of a dancer perched on a rock:

It was a cold day, but we did see some beautiful spring flowers blooming alongside the trail.

Once we arrived in downtown Bellingham we found a Mexican restaurant and had an excellent lunch. Afterwards, we headed to Lightcatcher, part of the Whatcom Museum, and spent a fascinating hour in an exhibition of the photographs of long-time Bellingham Herald photographer, Jack Carver. I wish that I could show you some of the museum and this exhibit, but sadly, no photography was allowed.

When we finished exploring Lightcatcher (they also had a small but interesting exhibit of art made from recycled materials), we headed back to Fairhaven. I wasn't planning on taking any more photographs because we were just retracing our steps. But surprise, surprise! We came upon my favorite photo of the day: this old abandoned building that I hadn't even noticed when we walked by it in the morning. Sometimes the best things are the most unexpected.

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