We got a warm and sunny day here in the middle of what supposed to be buckets of rain - a true marvel! I did not take any new pictures, but as I went down to the beach to enjoy sunshine, I suddenly caught myself thinking of one Spring day last year - actually, it was my birthday. I don't know how you guys like to celebrate your B-days, but I in the last few years learned to enjoy spending this day with just two people - my husband and my daughter, and even though I love gifts (and yes, I do love stuff), my favorite present seems to be "an event", and above all sorts of events I in a heartbeat would pick a trip to a new place.
On that beautiful May day when I turned 40, I picked a day trip to a town north of Seattle, just a few miles from the Canadian border - Bellingham. It is one of old towns in Washington, located on the shore of Puget Sound and surrounded by gorgeous, generous, evergreen nature.
It has a small town charm and some wonderful examples of Victorian architecture, although I was focused on visiting parks with amazing views of the Puget Sound and a very pretty waterfall, called Whatcom Falls - not very big one, but really pretty and easily accessible, which is a big plus (to get to see some of our waterfalls, you have to take a pretty serious hike, so whenever you can drive, park and walk just a few feet in order to see a nature beauty, it's a good thing!).
The waterfall had another surprise for us - a wonderful stone bridge built in 1939. It was completely unexpected and enchanting! Justin, who is a pretty well traveled fellow, said he has never seen such bridges anywhere in the US, but it did remind him of his trips to Europe. What can I say? I only saw such romantic old bridges in movies or, perhaps, in my dreams - they often take me a long way.
I typically don't color my hair this bright red, but it felt good for a change.
After enjoying the falls and an easy hike in the woods, we stopped by the hatchery right there, in the park. It's a big deal here, in Washington State (and in general in the US) - usually children learn the life cycle of salmon in 1st grade, and a field trip to one of the local hatcheries is on a must-do list in public schools. There was no activity there that day, but we've seen some fishes - rainbow trouts as I recall. Those are pretty! Did you know that trouts are actually very closely related to salmon? I had no idea!
Other than our very peaceful and enjoyable day trip in a company of my charming chap, I had good fun trying on my little presents, one of which was this scarf - I have never seen one like this before, where silk threads are purposely left between two fine layers of clear fabric, giving the scarf such a unique look and texture.
And others were this cute purse (I plan to talk more about it in my future post) and the funky shoes which you've already seen before.
There were some wonderful, touching and probably a bit naughty words from the beloved man - you gotta watch this one! :)
...and the whole field of the tiniest daisies in the world. (All right, they might not be exactly daisies, but definitely as cute and friendly as their big sisters!)
Jacket - Eddie Bauer (old). Tank top - Lane Bryant. Pants - Chico's. Shoes - Crocks and Jeffrey Campbell. Purses - boutique finds. Assorted jewelry.
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Location: Whatcom Falls, WA