We traversed the sidewalks peeking in windows of the new museum, a new community church (gracebellingham.com) and the children's museum. Popped into the Museum Proper and checked out the map posted of the coal mines of Bellingham. Did you know that most of the city is built over top of a maze of coal mines?
|flatiron bldg home of the new Woods|
Eventually, over heating (I in my wool sweater, scarf and warm jacket) we returned to the fresh bite of air in our pacific northwest winter and strolled arm in arm up Holly St. Reminiscing over stores now longer in existence ( remember the lunch counter in the store next to JC Penny's?) Popped into a store that carries, as they call it ' stupid stuff' and found something stupid for everyone we love! "We'll be back" we promised as we finally, tired of laughing, put down the bacon flavored toothpicks and continued our jaunt.
Gave a dollar to the cleanest looking pan handler we'd ever met. Touched sidewalk sale clothing and drooled over the boots and shoes in the Hilton's window front. (Okay, I touched and drooled; Bruce waited patiently) Eventually, back at the car, we contemplated our next destination.
Over to Elm St. to visit our recently returned to WA brother-in-law. Not only a recent return to Bellingham, after a few years living in HI, he is recently remarried and it was a pleasure to meet his new bride. We caught up on each other and collected some packets of photos he had unpacked and did not need to hang on to. From there we drove a stones throw away to Joey and Corrie's and visited for an hour or so. Good to see them and they shared their most recent photos with us-- ultrasound pictures! Precious!! Corrie is at 13 weeks now.
Finally, famished and sleepy from the warm living room, we left and once in the car decided Mexican Food was needed! el Gitano here we come! MmmmMmmmm... refried beans and rice and the house burrito.... disappeared quickly!
After dinner we HAD to walk off some of that food so a stroll through Goodwill, and then a new tool store (now guess who was touching and drooling?) and finally, dogs barking, we headed back to the car.
At home, Netflix called and we nestled on the couch for a perfect close to a perfect day. Aaaah.