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Quilt shops, snow, and tulips!

We left Portland on Tuesday and headed north towards Bellingham. We spent the night in Lacey, WA before meandering northwards yesterday. Got into Bellingham and found ourselves in the historic district of Fairhaven where we putzed through some very nice shops and had tapas for lunch.  We found the park where Steve was going to race later in the day and still had some time to blow and I found a quilt shop!  Spent some time “petting the fabric” 🙂  in 4th Corner Quilt Shop. It is a very nice, well laid out, cheery and friendly shop.

Steve and his friend came in second in the kayak race he came all this way to race (do I dare tell you there were only 2 boats in his class????)  😉  It was interesting. The race began in 40 degree weather and I believe it was mid to high 30’s at the end. Snow was falling before the race was over.  Unbelievable. 

So, we’ve been here on the west coast for a few days.  So far it has rained EVERY day we’ve been here and today is the first day we haven’t seen snow!  Temps today reached a high of 48 according to a bank thermometer we saw in Anascortes.

We found out that WA is celebrating tulip season here so we went to visit a field. Oh my!! How beautiful it was! 

So we’re now in Maryfield on our way south with Portland our destination tomorrow.

Oregon day 2!

So, after the snow of Saturday, we decided to drive to the coast and see the ocean…….  This picture was taken 25 miles from the ocean!!!!!

And here we are 25 miles later on the beach at the Pacific Ocean:

First day in Oregon!

Steve and I arrived in Oregon yesterday afternoon early enough to get a rental car, check into our hotel and head for Mount Hood.  Mount Hood is roughly an hour southeast from Portland – took a little over an hour to get there.  On the way, we drove through blue skies, rain, snow, and sleet; then back to blue skies again! Roads were clear and we headed for the Timberline Lodge, the lodge/restaurant at the top of Mount Hood. 

 

We ate lunch in the cafe on the 3rd floor.  Snow was piled up against the windows!!! And then, while we ate, it began to snow……

  We were only there for an hour and a half and during that time, the snow covered the roads!!!