The past two or three years have been quite meh for me. 2011 was the worst. Ever. 2012 made up for that and then some! We traveled so much. Camped more than we ever have. Cooked more, and different, meals at home, and just had a great year together in general. Yesterday we drove north to Bellingham, WA for a final day of photo taking and food in 2012. Ok, so we mostly drove an hour north to get a tofu sandwich at the best co-op I’ve ever been to, but we still had fun along the way!
This little turnout is on Chuckanut Drive. The narrow road winds along the sound with fun views of the water. It was along this road that we walked to the beach where we saw the purple starfish earlier this year.
A winter day near Puget Sound.
We pulled over here to snap a photo of something across the road, but we noticed a plaque on the rock.
Dedicated to the memory of Governor Lister by the Ladies Improvement Club of Edison, Washington.
Western Washington University is located in Bellingham, WA. We were there before to check out their sculpture park. Eric found out that they also have an arboretum you can drive through. This canopy of trees greeted us as we started on the drive!
There was a parking lot at the top of the hill. There was also a tunnel and an observation tower. Both sounded like fun so even though it was cold and flurrying and went for the short hike.
I love the moss on the trees in Washington.
The tunnel was originally made for cars!
Made in 1923.
Eric is document the location of the photos he took with his Polaroid Land Camera.
And there’s our observation tower!
The view from the top wasn’t all that spectacular. It was cloudy and foggy, but I’m sure in the summer there’s a much better view!
On our way back to the car we walked through the tunnel. This was the other side. Note the clearance sign at the top of the tunnel.
There’s some of that lush moss I was talking about.
And the reason…one of the reasons…for driving to Bellingham! I know it doesn’t look like much, but this is one of the best things I’ve ever consumed! I think we need to try to make these at home. They soak their tofu in tamari and ginger. There’s also lettuce, tomatoes, mustard and vegenaise on there. SO GOOD!
The co-op also makes these massive vegan truffles. We bought four of them so we could eat them today too! I found a pretty good recipe for truffles that I want to try very soon!
We drove around the city taking photos for a bit while the sun was out…a rare sighting this time of year! There’s an antique shop that we always stop at in Bellingham too. I found this goofy little wall hanging with a real photo background and two plastic deer with a tree. I loved it so it came home with me.
In Seattle, at midnight on New Years Eve, fireworks are set off from the Space Needle. About 8 minutes worth of fireworks are strapped to the needle and they are synchronised with music. One of the local news stations airs the fireworks so you can actually watch them from the comfort of your own couch. We popped open a bottle of sparking apple-grape cider around 7pm and we were in bed by 9pm. BUT we set our alarms for 11:50pm so we could get up and watch the fireworks. We had our kiss at midnight and promptly went back to our warm bed!
Happy New Year to you! How did you celebrate the new year?