Everyone Waves in Bellingham

Everyone waves in Bellingham. Pedestrians wave when you stop so they can cross the street. Drivers wave when you stop so they can pull out of a parking space. Drivers wave to PEDESTRIANS when they’re crossing in front of them. It is very cool.

Yesterday I drove up to Bellingham after school because I really needed some friendly waves. I also wanted to see how autumn was unfolding up there, and maybe check out what people in Boulevard Park were up to on that fine and sunny day. Here’s some of what I found…


Visitors from White Rock

I was waving to an Amtrak train as it sped past, and the lady next to me on the boardwalk saw what I was doing and started waving to the train, too. I knew, immediately, that she was a kindred spirit. 🙂  I chatted with Josephine for awhile then, and learned she and her companions were visiting from White Rock, Canada.

You meet the nicest people on the boardwalk…


Of Snowgeese and Kingfishers

Today was full of some pretty amazing magic! As I was driving home through Skagit County, Washington, I looked over to my left and saw a field full of ducks, trumpeter swans, AND snowgeese. I realized that I’d forgotten to bring my Samsung with me, but I dug out my old Nikon Coolpix and managed to snap a few shots before the battery died on me…

When I got home I grabbed my Samsung and headed up to Bellingham. In Boulevard Park I spotted a kingfisher sitting on a post maybe ten yards from me. He sat still for a few minutes and let me snap his picture, before abruptly leaving his perch and diving into the bay for lunch…


Kingfisher (photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell)

I love it when magic happens.


End of Summer in Bellingham

Vacation is winding down, school is starting, and we’re squeezing out the last juices of summer. I ran into three of my former students on the boardwalk – Callie, Ellie, and Jamie – what a gift! Clara and Noah took one last jump off the boardwalk and into the bay. The flowers were giving us one last bloom. And it was the last soccer game of the season in Bellingham’s Northwest Fields.

And if you’ve lost your chihuahua, you might call Jacob at 360-820-9150 – a little chihuahua walked up to his door today without a human accompanying it. He’s hoping to find its owner.


Loving Autumn

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photos by Karen Molenaar Terrell


Last Days of Summer…

Days are growing shorter, leaves are starting to look like they’re dipped in copper and gold, not as many folks on the boardwalk now… but it’s still all good!  I ran into a couple of my former students – all grown-up now and with a beautiful baby in the stroller, too – yes, I am a grand-teacher. 🙂 A kite was hanging around in a tree – its rainbow tail flowing in the wind – and was rescued by some good Samaritans for its owner. And there were puppies and waves and a toddler enjoying the last days of summer in the sand…