Wednesday, September 28, 2016

August 29, 2016 - Mount Vernon, Sedro Woolley, Lynden & Anacortes, WA

It was a very foggy morning. Edith quickly jumped out of the bed, grabbed her camera and went out.  She snapped some great photos!  The fog did not last very long and disappeared fast as the sun bravely broke through the clouds.
It is difficult to see Ghosts in the fog!
We contacted Erwin’s niece, Sheila, to let her know that we were coming to pick her up.  When in Mount Vernon we shopped at Best Buy to buy accessories for Edith’s GoPro camera. 
Edith wanted to check out one roadside attraction: Ark-Shaped Children's Church in Burlington, WA. It is shaped like Noah's Ark! We did not go inside the church and Edith just wanted to take a picture of the exterior. 
Painting of Noah with his animals
Sheila suggested that we visit Lynden, WA which is well known for Dutch architecture. She visited this town with her friend last May and enjoyed it and thought we will, too.  Before we began the journey we had lunch at Panera in Mount Vernon, WA.
We decided not to use I-5 N to get to Lynden, WA. Edith suggested to use backroads because we might see some interesting sights. We used WA 9 and stopped in Sedro-Woolley to sightsee a bit and to stroll among historic buildings in downtown. There were lots of chainsawed sculptures scattered throughout the town

Hey, no peeking at his password!
We continued driving on WA 9 until we made a left turn to get on WA 542.  While on WA 9 we saw a clear view of the mountain peaks. At that time we did not know it was part of Mt. Baker National Forest, but when Edith saw the snowcapped peak she exclaimed that it was Mount Baker. Such a beautiful sight!
Snowcapped Mt. Baker

From WA 542 we went north on Hannegan Road to get to Lynden town center.  It was interesting to see Dutch influence around the town.  Back in early and mid 1900 there were lots of Dutch immigrants.  You will find businesses that sell Dutch goods and foods.  It was said that there are some residents who still speak Dutch.

Lynden, WA is unique and draws tourists from all over the world to come visit the town.  It was established in 1874 and is in Whatcom county.  It used to be an Indian village before pioneers started to settle in. Lynden is only 5 miles to the Canadian border.

We found a parking spot not too far from the Dutch windmill (now a dining place). Sheila showed us some murals and attractions.  What really impressed us were the potted flowers hanging from the lampposts.  So beautiful and colors were vivid.
Sheila was trying to help support a guy hanging off a tree branch
Full-sized Dutch Windmill
Inside the Dutch Village Mall
Not too surprising.. We have been reading other sources
about tourists not obeying the rules at national parks
Postkantoor (Dutch word for Post Office)
Antique Stove 
Red, White & Blue

Stainless Steel Dining Table
We had ice cream at Drizzle Tasting Room & Kitchen. Erwin had two scoops of strawberry rhubarb and apple, Sheila got mixed berry and Edith had apple pie ice cream.  The texture was very tasty.
Erwin sampling ice cream
Erwin & Sheila drooling over ice cream choices!
Lots of oils & vinegars
All smiles with their ice cream
We walked about the town a bit more and found a place for Erwin and Sheila, so they can finish their ice cream.

Patriotic Birdhouse
The tree between Erwin and Sheila is Black Walnut.
It was planted in 1882, now stands as a memorial to Mrs
Pheobe Goodell Judson, also known as the 
"Mother of Lyden".
We went on I-5 South to get back to Mount Vernon to drop Sheila off before heading back to Swinomish Casino RV Park. 
On cusp of taking off!
We stopped at Safeway grocery store to pick up already cooked chicken (leg quarters), fresh vegetables and dessert.
After supper Edith went out to take pictures of the crazy clouds (different shapes, textures and forms).  The freight train went by shaking the ground again.
Erwin gambled a bit, did not fare well. Edith got her GoPro camera readied for Wednesday’s trip.

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