One Week to Go
Friday, May 23
We flew from Green Bay to Bellingham, WA where we were met by my mother (Ruth Flucke) and her partner (Rod MacKenzie). We had a great dinner and beer at one of Ruth and Rod’s favorite restaurant – Boundary Bay Brewery. Their Oatmeal Stout was amazing. Looking at the nick knacks in mom’s house later, many of which I remembered from my childhood, was a treat.
Saturday May 24
I woke up at 4:30 a.m. because of the time change. Spent the rest of the day relaxing and catching up.
Sunday, May 25
Tracy and I ran into downtown Bellingham via an old railroad grade along Bellingham Bay and returned inland. Beautiful!
Watched the final (kayaking) leg of the 100+ year old Ski to Sea race on Bellingham Bay from the balcony of mom’s house with a spotting scope that once belonged to my grandparents. The race is a relay which starts at the Mt. Baker ski resort where there is downhill ski leg followed by cross-country skiing, running, road biking, mountain biking, canoeing and the final leg kayaking (or something like that). There were approximately 3000 participants of all shapes and sizes.
Monday, May 26
Today we had the privilege of previewing the first 10 miles or our bicycle trip along historic Chuckanut Drive in Rod’s 1934 Model T Ford. The weather and the views were spectacular.
Tuesday, May 27
Took the bike on a shakedown ride down Chuckanut Dr. to the Skagit Valley. On the way down we tested the GoPro camera which we will be using to show you the sights along our trip. On the way back we stopped at Taylor’s Fish Market (sight of a Dirty Jobs episode with Mike Rowe) and procured five Dungeness Crab for dinner – First time we have hauled crab on the bike.
Wednesday, May 28
Drove to Seattle where we spent several hours exploring the Public Market. We had coffee at the world’s first Starbucks and also Humbows (a bun filled with good stuff – ie BBQ Pork, vegetables, chicken, etc.) Later we went to dinner at the Asian Bestro in Fairhaven.
Thursday, May 29
Took an easy run into downtown Bellingham via the back roads and returned along an old railroad grade trail along the bay – still beautiful!
Drove to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to visit Peter’s father, Paul, and his wife Noralyn.
Toured the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the botanical garden where we experienced the spectacular Canopy Walk. Later that night we went out to dinner on Granville Island, where we enjoyed dinner while watching the busy harbor.
Friday, May 30
Returned to Bellingham and went over to the RV rental shop to get instructions on how to operate the RV. Ruth and Rod will be our sag and haul all our gear over the mountains as well as provide a great place to sleep, food at the end of the day and good company.
Saturday, May 31
Picked up the RV today and spent the day getting the RV and bicycle ready to go. We will leave early tomorrow for the first day of our cross country trip. We are excited to go but have been thoroughly enjoying our visits in Bellingham and Vancouver.
More to come tomorrow.