We left early and headed towards the west. Our destination today is Bellingham, WA, home of my brother Jim and his wife, Pam. There is no nice direct way to get from Grand Coulee to Bellingham, so we are taking the scenic route through the “Washington Alps”.
The first several miles of our travels the landscape was very similar to what we saw in Eastern Washington yesterday. One exception were the “haystack rocks” scattered about the landscape. These rocks were carried along with the glaciers as they receded and were dropped randomly across the countryside.
Soon the landscape was taken over by apple trees; it appears to be time for harvest:
We passed by beautiful Lake Pateros…
At about 10:00 am we rolled into the western-looking town of Winthrop. It has old west storefronts, wood plank sidewalks, and lots of trinket shops. After a stroll up and down the street we decided to have a late breakfast/early lunch at Three Fingered Jacks Saloon and Cafe:
We had surprisingly good food!
We walked around the town and found this bridge over a nice little river:
And some beautiful fall colors:
We continued into the “Washington Alps”, beautiful, tall, snow-capped mountains, through the towns of Twisp and Mazama. We went through Washington Pass at 5,453′ and Rainy Pass at 4,862′. It was all quite scenic!
We soon arrived at an overlook at Diablo Lake:
We finally came out of the mountains and drove through Rockport, Concrete, and Sedro Woolley, eventually reaching the 5 and arriving at Larrabee State Park.
We maneuvered through the trees and into a nice, long, but very sloping and non-level site. However, we were able to get set up quickly.
We then left the Villa and drove to Bellingham, more particularly its southern neighborhood of Fairhaven.
We met up with my brother and his wife. Happy hours ensued on their deck overlooking Bellingham Bay, Lummi Island, and beyond to Victoria, BC…
An enjoyable time was had by all…
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