Bellingham’s Boardwalk: Fear-Free Zone

When I feel anxious or disturbed about the state of the world – when the news seems filled with pictures of hate-ism, greed and fear – I know that I’ll find peace on the boardwalk in Bellingham, Washington. Here – in this little microcosm of civilization – you’ll find people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, ethnicities, religions and non-religions mingling together in happy communion. It is a fear-free zone.

Here are some photos from today’s hike along the boardwalk…

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Scruffy the Pomskey

What do you get when you cross a Husky with a Pomeranian? Scruffy! (I met Scruffy at Boulevard Park in Bellingham, WA.)
(And there’s a kind of cool picture of Scruffy on the bottom  – not sure how it happened, exactly, but it looks sort of like a nebula. Or something.)

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A Heron, Four Turtles, and a Duck

Found magic today at Lake Padden in Bellingham: Came upon a heron, four turtles, and a duck sharing a log and chillin’ together. The Peaceable Kingdom. 🙂

(Photos by Karen Molenaar Terrell)

A Jolly Otter, a Rainbow Sailboat, and a Seagull

Saw some of my favorite things in Bellingham yesterday – a rainbow sailboat, a jolly otter, and a seagull in the seaweed…

This Weekend in Bellingham

What a dazzling, beautiful weekend in Bellingham! Bellingham sparkled with sunshine and springtime…

On Saturday I walked from Fairhaven to downtown Bellingham, stopped for lunch at La Fiamma’s, and then hiked back to Fairhaven again. Along the way I met some way cool people following clues for The Whatcom Mystery Team on the trail – and I was there when Josiah found a clue!

And on Sunday I took a quick walk from Fairhaven to Boulevard Park – saw birds on the water, in the trees, flying in the air – and met a precious family of pups – Duke the pitbull, and his siblings, Bow and Little…

 

Morning Walk to Marine Park

On Saturday and Sunday I’d taken my walk on Bellingham’s boardwalk, and today I decided I wanted to do something different – I wanted to explore some place I hadn’t been for awhile. So I decided that today I would head down to Marine Park – I think the last time I’d been there was in the summer when I’d taken my 99 year-old dad for a drive and ended up at the park…

Dad at the park

Today I was just going to be taking myself.

I parked in my favorite place and headed down to the Coffee Junction. The Coffee Junction holds a special place in my heart. When I had the opportunity to rebuild my life seven years ago one of the things I did was to start selling my photo note cards at this little coffee shop. Granted, I never made a whole lot of money on this venture – but it was the idea of it – the idea that anything was possible, and that I was free to explore all kinds of new paths in my life – that was the important thing for me.

coffee junction

I ordered a breve from Heather and, even though I haven’t been to the Coffee Junction for, like, years maybe, when I was rooting around in my wallet I found my Coffee Junction card right away (if you could see all the flotsam and jetsam I’ve got in my wallet, you’d understand why that was such a big deal 🙂 ). When I brought out my debit card to pay for my coffee I asked Heather to put another five dollars on there to pay for the next person’s drink, too. She said she loved it when people did that for each other.

I brought my breve with me and walked on down to the park. It was quiet and peaceful down there. There was a way cool dog named Bo, catching tennis balls that his humans were throwing to him – at one point he was carrying around two tennis balls in his mouth. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before… 🙂

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I left the park and started back to my car. On the way I stopped off at the coffee shop to see if anyone had been the recipient of the coffee I’d paid for, and Heather came out to greet me – a big grin on her face – to tell me that a sweetheart of a person named Cora had gotten the pay-it-forward coffee. Heather said she was the perfect person for the coffee, and that made me smile.

A couple more blocks up the street and I remembered there was a little path that winds its way through the green belt, so I left the asphalt and headed for the dirt.  But as I stepped onto the trail I recollected the best part of the trail was actually the part that went back to Marine Park – and so back to the park I went.

The trail to the park passes through a dog park, and as I approached the dog park a young dog came skipping down the trail to me. I held out my hand and she came up to me to get a pet on the head. Her humans watched her in shock. They explained that their dog, Yaga, was only six months old and very shy and they’d never seen her approach a human like she’d approached me – without any hesitation or fear. That totally made my day. You know when a dog trusts you, you’re okay…
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Down to the park again… and then back up through mossy woods, to my car, and home again…

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What a great morning!