Who is ready to get high with me? And I don’t mean in the sense that is now legal retail. As we watch home prices going up, up, up in Whatcom County, it got me thinking about what else is high in this little corner of northwest heaven…
1. Bridge over Alabama Hill: You have probably driven under it a million times, but how about standing on the bridge and looking out at a panoramic view of Bellingham? We like to go behind the parking lot at the Barkley Haggen’s, take a left, and follow the trail. Within a few minutes you are King or Queen of the World standing over Alabama Street. If you need to cool off after your hike in this warm weather, check out this video of skiing down Alabama Hill this past winter. Don’t those days feel long gone?
2. Viking Union Student Center, 6th Floor, WWU Some of you may know that I taught at Western for seven years. What you might not know is that you can find an amazing view of Bellingham from the top of the Viking Union that will take your breath away. In fact, for those of you journal writers or sketchers looking for artistic inspiration, consider grabbing a coffee at the VU, then finding a chair overlooking the stupendous view from the 6th floor. Then wander the campus enjoying the sculptures scattered along the way. Your muse will thank you.
3. Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, serpentine Bench, top of last steep hill. Dan and I take life differently. Where he ambles down flat trails, I choose the strenuous route. So when we hike the gorgeous Stimpson Reserve, and it forks, he wants to take a left for the easy loop around the lake, while I want to charge up and down canyons through the gigantic, Jurassic Park ferns. Of course, when he lets me have my way, he is the one floating to the top of the steepest hill, waiting for me on a serpentine bench with a Buddha smile. In spite of the fact that he hasn’t broken a sweat, that glassy, dark-green stone bench is my favorite place to catch my breath. And enjoy the view. A Pure Bliss Desserts gift card to the first person who finds that bench and texts me a selfie from there!
Stimpson Family Nature Reserve, Lake Louise Road, Once hiking, look for the sign to take the right fork onto the “Main Loop Trail.”