Day 12: Snow! at Stevens Pass, Windmills at Lynden

Trip Start Jun 05, 2008
Trip End Jun 24, 2008

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Today's blogger: just a few quick comments from Kory. I'm hoping Kelsey will add her comments soon.

Today's photog: Kory

We left Leavenworth under a clear blue sky this morning and headed back towards the west coast on Highway 2, a different route than we took yesterday. At Stevens Pass, elevation approximately 4,000 feet, there was still snow on the side of the road. Of course we had to stop like idiots on the side of the road and take some pictures.
Highway 2 was very slow going. In addition to it being mostly 2 lane and of course mountainous, there were several construction zones that were down to one lane. We enjoyed the views but thought we would never get back to I-5, which we took north toward Bellingham. On the way, with my trusty guidebook in hand, we took a couple of detours to try to find apples, because we're in apple country now. Well, my trusty guidebook didn't say WHEN the apples are in season up here, and the orchards (one of which we went quite a few miles out of the way for) were closed. I know this sounds like the idiot thing could be in effect again, but I had expected something like some of the orchards in north Georgia, which have some apples and apple-related products year-round. In fact, my mouth was watering at the thought of a warm apple fritter. But no such luck on these that we tried today.

We FINALLY got to Bellingham this afternoon, rested a while, then headed up a highway due north to Lynden,  a small town which is only a few miles from the Canadian border. Lynden's early settlers included some Dutch families, and their new AND old architecture reflects that - plus we saw a lot of Dutch names on the signs of attorney's offices, etc. Most of downtown Lynden, which was very charming, rolled up the sidewalks at 5, but some locals sent us to a cafe that had some of the best egg salad and potato salad I'd ever eaten - along with a waitress who seemed quite impressed that we were visiting from Tennessee.

All day we had been getting glimpses of yet another high WA peak - Mt. Baker. On the way back from Lynden tonight, I got a pretty good photo, although of course there's a cloud partially obstructing the view.

Tomorrow we're off to Canada once more - this time to Vancouver.
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