If you know the Pacific Northwest, you know that July and August are the best months of the year. There’s abundant sunshine, lovely fruits and vegetables, cool fresh water, great hiking, and so much more. I had a wonderful time visiting family this year, as you can see by the pictures here. At the top of the post are some photos taken at my cousin’s house in Lacey. His garden is beautiful, as you can see. He and I had such a nice time… we talked and talked, ate delicious gazpacho, visited with some of his friends, and of course drank some nice wine, too. We went for a short hike down to the Sound, which really took me back to our time living in Lakebay on the Key Peninsula… from the beach we could actually see the southern tip of the Key. A few photos are below.
After my visit with my cousin I headed North to Bellingham to visit with my son and his family. I love those guys so much! It’s a big transition year for them as our granddaughter heads to college (Gulp! In about a week!) and our grandson will start high school in the fall. Of course they indulged me and we headed to the Farmer’s Market right away. Check out some of the produce we bought, below. I was in heaven.
Lake Whatcom isn’t far from their house and we always go out on their boat. This time we took lunch and then spent some time swimming and relaxing. The dog also likes to fetch her ball over and over so of course we did that, too. Below is a picture I took on my walk one morning. Gorgeous.
We watched movies, had a long, relaxing fire in the firepit outside, ate out a few times, did a bit of shopping, and just basically hung out. It was exactly what I wanted! The last day I was there we had a fabulous hike up by Mt. Baker, hiking along the Nooksack River. It was fantastic. Mossy, cool and refreshing. Pictures from our hike are below.