Sunday, June 24, 2007

Just another day...

I love Bellingham! In the last 12 hours:
- Hail (had white stuff on our lawn for a few minutes)
- Sun (beautiful)
- Rain (lots of rain)
- Massive Thunder/Lightning show
- 2-point buck (deer) in our front yard
- Racoon family in our back yard (3 of them)
- Beautiful Sunset

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Lost Lake

Monday Julie and I made it out on a short, spring hike to Lost Lake. Not to be confused with the "Lost Lake" off of I-90, or the "Lost Lake" in the Chukanuts, this is the "Lost Lake" in the Sumas/Everson area. It's about 2 miles round trip, slightly uphill on a fairly good trail, at elevation. It's also a very remote area that not too many people know about. The trail is not marked and kind of hard to find; it's located off of some old logging roads. The forest floor is really cool; very mossy and thick. A good starter hike for early in the season!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Photo Cards and more Hikes

Two Things:

1) I'm going to try and sell some photo cards. Here's a little sample. If you're interested in any, click here!

2) The next three blog posts; Goat Mountain, Fragrance Lake and Chukanuts, (scroll down), are hikes from last summer that I never got around to posting. So, they're all about a year old, but enjoy them anyways.

Goat Mountain

Julie and I did this hike in the late spring of 2006. It was our first hike, ever in the Mt. Baker area and almost our last. The problem? Well, the source I looked it showed a hike of just over 2 miles each way, for a total of 4 1/2 miles round trip. The hike actually turned out to be 3 1/2 miles each way, for a total of 7. Then, once you get to the top, you have the option of continuing up even higher (which we didn't do). Also, it was early in the season, but was a hot day. We ran out of water, ran out of food, and I cramped up on the way down. However, obviously, we made it home fine.

As for the hike: the first 75% is rough. Nothing but switchbacks through the forest with no views. However, once you break out of the forest, it was amazing! We almost didn't go up the last 1/8 mile which would have been a huge mistake. Once you get up to the top, you have a 270 degree panorama. Another option is to camp here, and then continue to the summit. However, if you're not up for that, just making to this point is worth the trip.

Chuckanuts - Bat Caves

On Julie's birthday last year (2006), we went another one of those "longer than we thought" hikes through the Chukanuts. Our destination was the Bat Caves

Fragrance Lake

This is a very short and easy "hike/walk" in the Chukanut area. It's a great destination for a picnic or other short adventures. Once you get there, you can hike a trail all around the lake and you can find some of the rocks that make the Chukanuts famous.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

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Saturday, June 09, 2007


Celebrated my wife's birthday over the weekend and wouldn't you know it, our niece tried to steal the show. If you want to see more of our amazing niece, click here.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Some Bellingham Flavor

So here's a couple of pictures that display some of what makes Bellingham, Bellingham. The first one is a picture of some rock statues that mysteriously started appearing on the shores of some of the beaches. Turns out, a local artist was doing the "balancing" of the rocks. Now, it's kind of caught on and there are many who are into the balancing of the rocks. The second picture is less inspiring. This dock represents a "time gone by" when canneries and ships were a constant in the bay. Now what is left is a lot of stuff that nobody wants to clean up and is polluting the bay. There you have it!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Gas prices are KILLING me!

Just filled up at the pump - $40!!!!! And that's a '95 Honda Civic, that typically gets 28 mpg in the city and 35-37 mpg on the highway. Then I got this email and had to laugh at some of these images. I'm sure you can all relate. Click on the image to see it bigger if you can't read it!