|Our Lunch View~|
Sun. we drove the way less traveled to Issaquah, visiting a member of our family who took a fall & was in need of some entertainment to pass the time. We decided that an MP3 player loaded with a few good audio books would do the trick. We also stopped in Monroe at the Giddy-UP Barbecue for lunch to take out & take with! (Thanks Linnea!)
Finally - today - was ours! What to do? We ended up on Chuckanut Drive & at the Oyster Bar. I'm not into posting food photos - but I'll make an exception, since it's a condiment - not food. :-)
|Fire red impaitents~|
Visiting places like this always rekindles the little gardening fire that simmers inside me - but is usually dampened by my time in the saddle. It's hard to delicate enough time to do both well - so guess what wins out?
Looking for interesting places in Bellingham, I found that they have an arboretum. I'd printed up the trail map before we left home, it didn't look complicated & the entrance was easy to find. We parked up at the end of the access road & hiked to the lookout tower.
|50 some easy steps to the top~|
What was once a beautiful view of the bay has been mostly taken out by the growth of Alders & new Big Leaf Maples. From what I've read, there's a plan to cut them & re-open the view.
We hiked the longest trail there, then looped back up to where we'd parked. The park has some nice Douglas Fir, but I was disappointed otherwise. Being in the middle of town & close to the College - this poor piece of land has had years of hard use. People have tried to cut between trails, damaged the ground cover & caused serious erosion in many places. Invasive plants too have gained a foothold - the worst of which is ivy...
Seeing it choking out the big trees is so disgusting. Discovery Park in Seattle is another place where 100's of volunteer hours have been spent trying to remove it & it still comes back. If you buy ivy & decide you no longer want it - put it in the garbage or burn it! Don't think you're doing the environment any favors by tossing it out into the woods!
|Douglas Fir - Ivy shrouded|
Clouds moved in & by the time we'd hiked all the way back - uphill - we felt like we'd at least worked off that lunch! It was gorgous driving back along Chuckanut with the views of the water. I picked up a detailed map of the area that includes the Blanchard Forest Block. Soon I want to make the drive up there & spend a day riding & exploring the trails. I've only been there a few times, always with others who know the trails. Another plan for another ride! :-)