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…
Daniel and Lizzie jump into the bay.
Nick and Tim install solar panels on Taylor Dock.
Children playing on a driftwood teeter-totter.
Bellingham Morning Glories
Sweet Peas in Bellingham
A monday morning on Bellingham Bay…
Seaweed and Waves
Little Family Holding Hands
Canada Goose and Seaweed
Kayaks on Bellingham Bay
On the shores of Bellingham Bay…
Met Anthony and his way cool old Bellows camera as I started down the ramp to the boardwalk. At the bottom of the ramp I met another artist, Neal Cronic, who was working on some paintings and was recently the guest artist for the Bellwether Hotel…
Anthony with his amazing camera.
Neal Cronic and his art.
Little girl in a yellow dress.
Schooner in the Evening
Bunny in Bellingham
A Line of Canada Geese
Heron on a Rock
Kayaks and Paddle Boarders
Kayaks and Seagulls
Last February my mom, Moz Molenaar, passed away. Cindy, a young woman who was dear to Moz contacted me this week to see if she could borrow something of Moz’s to build a dance performance around. Today I brought Moz’s scarf up to Bellingham to give to Cindy for her dance performance, and to keep in remembrance of Moz. I know Moz would have wanted Cindy to have her scarf. It meant something to me to be able to give this scarf to her…
After I gave Cindy Moz’s scarf, I went for a walk along the boardwalk to Boulevard Park. The first person I saw on my walk was my former eighth graders, Annette. It was so good to see Annette again – and get this! She’d just learned she got her first teaching job! She’ll be teaching kindergarten next year – those students are going to be so blest!
A little further along the path I decided to turn off the main trail and go up to the top of the knoll over-looking the bay. The stairs to the top were lined by purple sweet peas…
I sat down on the Thom Bishop’s bench at the top of the knoll and looked out at the bay. Pretty soon I was joined by a young couple – Melanie and Ronny – who are planning on moving up to Bellingham from Orange County, California. I really enjoyed chatting with them – they were very cool people – and I happily welcomed them to Bellingham…
On the way back I saw a schooner unfurl its sails on Bellingham Bay – schooners are one of my all-time favorite things, and I was so excited to get to see it unfold itself…
And then back to Fairhaven…
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.
jumping off the boardwalk
Flowers in Bellingham
photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell
Ladies in Bellingham
Callie and Ellie
John and Ruth watching their son play soccer
photo by Karen Molenaar Terrell
Soccer at the Northwest Fields
Behold! Sweet peas of Bellingham…