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Summer 2013




Celebrate nature, recreation, art and our wonderful heritage throughout Whatcom County's cities, towns and parks.

A supplement of the Lynden Tribune and Ferndale Record

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Table of Contents 2. Spark Museum 3. Museums 4. Cinema 6. Downtown Sounds 8. Markets 9. Drives 10. Bells Baseball 11. Disc Golf 12. Map 14. Lakes 15. Pt. Whitehorn 16. Golf 17. Pt. Roberts 18. Jansen Art 20. Plover Ferry 21. Hiking 22. Biking 24. Birds


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Spark Museum Lightning strikes several times each day at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention in downtown Bellingham’s arts district.    The recently renovated museum takes visitors from the dawn of the electrical age in the 1600s right into the golden age of radio, stopping along the way for all sorts of exhibits, including artifacts from the laboratories of the early pioneers of electricity to a giant nine-foot-tall Tesla coil.    The museum has become a center for education, where students can “get charged about science and discovery.”    From magnets and Leyden jars to Edison light bulbs, vacuum tubes, telegraphs and telephones, the Spark Museum has the history of electricity covered.    Thousands of radios are in the collection, ranging from the early “Herzian-wave” devices to a complete set of early Atwater Kent “breadboards,” and all the way to scores of crafted floor and tabletop radios. The collection also includes rare music boxes, early phonographs and many examples of radio broadcasting technology and memorabilia from the best-known radio companies and broadcasters.    Other rare pieces include the largest collection of 19th century electromagnetic apparatus found in any private col-

lection and rare and original books, treatises and scientific papers by such authors as Gilbert, Newton, Galileo, Benjamin Franklin, Volta, Hertz and Marconi. These texts illustrate the crucial steps and turning points in the development of electricity and radio.    The museum offers visitors a first-hand introduction to the world of electricity and radio, providing every opportunity to discover, test and be amazed. In addition to six galleries, Spark features other popular interactive displays, including various Tesla coils, which create dazzling bursts of lightning on command. Adventurous visitors are invited to experience hair-raising activities in the museum’s Static Electricity Laboratory, or even create other-worldly sounds from the Theremin (the first electronic musical instrument).    Scholars and serious collectors can examine one of the most complete collections of early original recordings of popular music ever amassed, much of which has been painstakingly digitized, cataloged and documented by collector Carl Carrington.    The nonprofit museum has six distinct galleries:     • Dawn of the Electrical Age (1600-1800)    The collection begins with one of the first modern appli-


The Spark Museum features one of the largest Tesla coils in North America.

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cations of the Scientific Method by Sir William Gilbert in 1600. A copy of his revolutionary book, “De Magnete,” is in the museum. In addition, this gallery features rare artifacts from the study of static electricity, placed in the context of an authentically recreated 18th century laboratory.     • Electricity Sparks Invention (1800-1900)    This exhibit features artifacts and inventions from an unparalleled century of scientific achievement in relation to electrical innovation. The worlds first batteries, electrical motors, electric lights, telephony, telegraphy and medicinal devices are on display.     • The Beginning of Radio and the Wireless Era (1853-1920)    This gallery features a recreation of the wireless room on the Titanic, the Collins Wireless Telephone and many inventions and innovations of the early radio pioneers.     • Radio Enters the Home (1920-1927)    This gallery features one of the most comprehensive collections of early home radio technology in the world.     • The Golden Age of Radio (1928-1950)    This gallery features the most comprehensive collection from the Golden Age of Radio.     • Media Collection     SPARK Museum members have access to an extensive library of CD recordings covering the first half of the 20th century.    The museum is located at 1312 Bay St.

Museums   The most striking addition to the local museum scene is the Whatcom Museum’s Lightcatcher building. The nationally acclaimed structure on Flora Street in downtown Bellingham houses the Family Interactive Gallery and the regular rotation of the Whatcom Museum’s exhibits. It opened in fall 2009.     Open from 12 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, the museum offers two large display rooms in addition to the children’s area that boasts a variety of activities for preschool through young school-age students to stir their imaginations.    The museum building itself is worth the visit, as a translucent glass wall curves through the structure, allowing light into the building and also playing as an extension of the museum into the adjoining courtyard and out to the community.    For more details, visit

Other county museums    Lynden Pioneer Museum is a collection of the history

of the people and time of the early pioneering days in Northwest Washington. Complete with a massive horse-drawn buggy collection, the museum is a great stop for families and a historical look at the pioneering lifestyle. 217 Front St., Lynden. 360-354-3675.    Bellingham Railway Museum offers historical displays, artifacts, model railroad layouts and a railroad play area for kids at the downtown location. 1320 Commercial St., Bellingham. 360-393-7540.

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Outdoor Cinema    Summer is right around the corner and hot on its heels is the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema’s summer movie series, a classic Bellingham tradition that began 14 years ago.    Presented by Ben Kinney and Keller Williams, the 2013 summer season runs each Saturday evening from June 22 through Aug. 24. Movie showings begin at dusk, with opening entertainment preceding them. The movies and entertainment are as follows: June 22 Live music at 8:30 p.m.: Jasmine Greene Movie: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” The classic John Hughes film about a teenager who skips school for a day to have an adventure across Chicago with his best friend and girlfriend. June 29 Live circus entertainment at 8:30 p.m.: One Fine Fool Movie: “Rise of the Guardians” Last year’s under-seen but well-liked CG-animated film about holiday spirits who team up to fight an evil force attacking earth. July 6 Live music at 8:30 p.m.: Lost at Last Movie: “Moonrise Kingdom” Wes Anderson’s quirky 2012 dramedy about friendship and

young love at a New England summer camp in 1965. July 13 Live music at 8 p.m.: The Devilly Brothers Movie: “Back to the Future” Robert Zemeckis’s classic time-travel movie featuring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Tom Wilson and a timetraveling DeLorean. July 20 Live circus acts at 8 p.m.: Strangely & Jeremiah Movie: “Pitch Perfect” The 2012 “a ca-awesome” musical comedy starring Anna Kendrick as a reluctant participant in her college a cappella group. July 27 Live music at 8 p.m.: Amber Darland Movie: “Brave” Pixar’s 2012 movie about a Scottish princess trying to change her fate. Aug. 3 Live music at 7:30 p.m.: Rattletrap Ruckus Movie: “The Hunger Games” Based on the first book in Suzanne Collins’ ultra-popular series, “The Hunger Games” follows Katniss Everdeen on her journey through a futuristic, dystopian America.

Fairhaven’s Village Green turns into an outdoor cinema during summer evenings.

Play Whatcom 2013 Aug. 10 Live music at 7:30 p.m.: Fritz and the Freeloaders Movie: “Fantastic Mr. Fox” The second Wes Anderson film in the 2013 outdoor cinema lineup, this one is a claymation adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book. Aug. 17 Live music at 7:30 p.m.: The Honeybees Movie: “Singin’ in the Rain” The classic Gene Kelly musical from 1952 about a silent film star who falls in love while readying himself for the advent of sound at the movies. Aug. 24 Live music at 7 p.m.: Quickdraw Stringband

Movie: “The Princess Bride” The unequaled 1987 classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).    The Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema is a “bring your own seating” event. The Fairhaven Village Green provides an ideal location for blankets, and limited lawn charm seating is provided on the brick area surrounding the grass. Pre-movie seating costs $5 per person, with children ages 5 and under sitting for free.     Fairhaven Pizza & Prawns will be selling pizza, along with sweet and salty kettle corn.     2013 marks the 14th season of the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. Epic Events began hosting the cinema in 2004 and hundreds of movies have been shown throughout the event’s history.


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1726 Front St. • Fairway Center • Lynden


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Downtown Sounds     For anyone looking for their musical fix, the Downtown Sounds live concerts will return to Bellingham for an eighth year this summer.     Running from 6 to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) every Wednesday from July 11 through Aug. 8 in the 1300 block of Bay Street, Downtown Sounds is a series of live performances that serve to create a lively hub of artistry in downtown Bellingham.    The lineup is as follows: July 11 Headliner: Acorn Project The Bellingham-native Acorn Project plays deep electro-funk grooves and explores sonic instrumentation mixed with indierock songwriting. Opener: Down North Down North remixes underground rock and soul in the vein of Wheedle’s Groove and Jimi Hendrix. July 18 Headliner: Polecat Another Bellingham native band, Polecat formed in March 2010, playing a genre-bending mix of bluegrass, country, celtic, rock and world music. Opener: World’s Finest World’s Finest blends reggae, ska, funk and bluegrass to create a rollicking musical set. July 25 Headliner: The Prime Time Band

A large, 11-piece R&B/soul band combines influences including Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones while blending modern sounds as well. Opener: Members of Vaughn Kreestoe doing a duo set for Downtown Sounds. Aug. 1 Headliner: Keaton Collective Keaton Collective features a new take on rock and roll, country and dance music. Formerly a DIY record label made up of three bands, Keaton Collective is now one band playing a wide variety of material. Opener: Chico’s Paradise Founded in Aspen, Colo., back in the mid-90s, Chico’s Paradise brings a jazzy, funky sound to Downtown Sounds. Aug. 8 Headliner: The Pimps of Joytime The Pimps of Joytime bring a magnetic stage presence to Bellingham Sounds, built up by four years of performing together on the road. Opener: My Dad Bruce My Dad Bruce brings hip-hop and live-band funk rock for their performance at Bellingham Sounds.     All Downtown Sounds concerts are free, and all ages are welcome to attend.    Local food vendors will be on hand, along with a beverage garden provided by Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro and the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention.   The event averaged more than attendees 1,500 nightly in 2011, with 3,000 people clocking in as the largest turnout.     With Downtown Sounds, the Downtown Bellingham Partnership hopes to create a lively hub of activity, artistry and commerce, to build a sense of community, to raise visibility for downtown Bellingham, to encourage culture and arts, to help counter certain neighborhood safety concerns in the area and to educate about local community organizations and initiatives, according to the Downtown Bellingham website (

The Bellingham arts district fills up with music — and people — in the summer.

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Markets   Local food bounty gets going early in the year and carries right on through the Christmas season. From berries in June to apples in December, Whatcom County is offering fresh produce and plenty of fun ways to get your taste buds to it.    One of the most visible spots to land on local produce is also one of the best locations for other locally crafted foods and merchandise. The weekly Farmers Market, located at Bellingham’s Depot Market Square at the corner of Railroad and Chestnut streets, is already in full swing this year. The market’s season began in April and will continue into October, open every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.    Here are some top stops around the county:     • Edaleen Dairy, 9593 Guide Meridian Rd. and 1011 E. Grover St., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., is the perfect place to get that summer fresh-scooped ice cream cone. Made onsite in Lynden, Edaleen offers its own brand of dairy products.     • Appel Farms, 6604 Northwest Rd., Ferndale, open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a must-stop if you want tasty farmstead cheese with recipes growing for over 30 years. Featuring everything from quark to paneer, Appel Farms is also well-known for its Gouda and cheddar.     • Stoney Ridge Farms, 2092 Van Dyk Rd., Everson. Open Thursday through Saturday in October and Christmas, this pumpkin farm and apple orchard features hay rides, a gift shop, food offerings and more.     • Bellewood Acres, 6140 Guide Meridian Rd., 9 a.m. to various evening closing times every day except closed on Monday. Check out this brand-new farm store and distillery. Along


with every kind of apple variety you could dream up, Bellewood offers fresh tasting and a cafe featuring farm-grown products. The handcrafted foods fill the shop. For those wanting something a little stiffer in their drink, the new distillery and tasting room offers a cider-lovers dream location.     • Boxx Berry Farms, 6211 Northwest Rd. For all things berries, and fun for the family, check out Boxx.

Dorie Belisle, left, owner of Bellewood Acres chats in the farm store.

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Country Drives The countryside    Take the time to travel the county. Starting in Bellingham, loop along the south edge of Lake Whatcom and then connect with State Highway 9 and head north to the logging town of Deming. Continue north through the trees and follow the signs to Sumas. Head back east along State Route 546 and take a break in Lynden before landing on Birch Bay-Lynden Road for a trip to the water at Birch Bay. Mount Baker     The upper 24 miles of Mount Baker Hwy. (State Route 542), above Glacier to Artist Point (elev. 5.140 feet), were designated a National Forest Scenic Byway in 1989.     Driving directions: The following mile reference is for visitors driving east on the highway from Bellingham to Mount Baker. The first mile begins at Interstate 5, Exit 255 and the last — Mile 58 — ends at Artist Point.     Call toll-free 1-800-766-7626 for conditions on Mount Baker Hwy. Traction devices may be recommended in winter. Trail question? Ask a Forest Ranger. Call the Glacier Public Service Center, Memorial Day to October, at (360) 599-2714, or Mt. Baker Ranger District year-round at (360) 856-5700. The center at Glacier is jointly operated by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service. The Regional Trail Park Pass for parking at National Forest trailheads costs $5 for a daily pass or $30 for a seasonal pass. Stores and U.S. Forest Service centers sell the pass.

    For more contact information, contact the Bellingham/ Whatcom County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 904 Potter St. (I-5 Exit 253), Bellingham, WA 98226. (360) 671-3990. For a Visitors Guide, call 1-800-487-2032 (voice mail). Chuckanut     For a beautiful and slow-paced alternative to Interstate 5 that connects Bellingham to Skagit Valley, take Chuckanut Drive (State Route 11).    Going north, the exit is just north of Burlington and marked on exit sign #231. Chuckanut Drive takes you through gorgeous farmlands, in and out of the towns of Allen and Bow, with some of the area’s best restaurants, bed & breakfasts and antique art art galleries. A beautiful side trip is through the historic town of Edison to Bay View and Samish Island and overlooks of Samish Bay and some of the state’s prime shellfish beds.    The drive then continues along the rock shoulder of the Chuckanut Mountains. From here you can overlook the San Juan Islands from any of the many viewpoints along the way. There are also many spots for picnics or just getting out and stretching your legs. Try one of the many hikes, either to lakes on Chuckanut and Blanchard mountains or to the beaches at Larrabee Park or Teddy Bear Cove.     The drive continues all the way to the 1880s brick town of Fairhaven, now a part of Bellingham. From the north you can do it in reverse by taking the Fairhaven Pkwy. Exit #250 at the south end of Bellingham.


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Bells Baseball    With the warm weather arriving to Whatcom County, the barbecues are being fired up and hot dogs are being consumed. This can only mean one thing: it’s baseball season and the Bellingham Bells are ready to return to action.    The Bells are fresh off a solid season in 2012, when they finished 32-22 and second in the West Coast League East Division standings. Only Wenatchee, at 37-17, was better.    Bellingham looks to build off last year’s strong campaign. Several new faces have been added to the roster, and they are expected to make immediate contributions. These include the Bells’ two most recent additions, pitcher Nate Cole and infielder Eric Angerer.    Cole is a right-handed pitcher from Cisco College who brings his hard right-throwing arm to the Bells family. Cole red-

shirted last season for Cisco, but went 6-0 with a 3.06 earned run average his senior season at Episcopal School in Dallas in 2012.    Angerer is a right-handed infielder from Chico State University. Angerer started nearly every game for CSU this year and hit about .300, with one home run and 20 runs batted in. The California native currently plays first base for CSU, but he could line up at several different positions in the infield for the Bells.    From an entertainment value standpoint, the season will undoubtedly be highlighted by the return of “$2 Tuesdays” at Joe Martin Field off Lakeway Drive. With this promotion, when fans buy a regular priced ticket, they receive a second ticket in that same section for only $2.    In addition, fountain drinks from Walton Beverage, featured products from Boundary Bay, featured products from Sound Beverage and nachos will be $2 each.    Tuesday night games for the Bells at Joe Martin this summer are June 18, July 9, July 16, July 30 and Aug. 6.    “In 2012, our $2 Tuesday promotion was a big hit with our fans,” Bells general manager Nick Caples said. “Our average attendance on Tuesday nights last season was 1,287, making it one of our highest attended nights of the week.”    Bellingham opens its season on Wednesday, June 5, traveling to take on Medford. The Bells then go to Klamath Falls for a three-game series before their 2013 home opener against Wenatchee on Wednesday, June 12. Game time is at 7:05 p.m.   For more information on ticket prices and the 2013 schedule, head to bellingham

A night at the ballpark offers entertainment for fans of all ages.

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Disc Golf One of the fastest growing sports to hit Whatcom County over the past few summers is disc golf. The sport, which really took the U.S. by storm in the early 2000s, is a game where players throw a flying disc toward a target. Essentially, it’s similar to golf, except you’re throwing a disc instead of swinging a club.    Whatcom County has several locations where disc golf athletes can showcase their talents. This includes the Cornwall Park Course, located off Meridian Street in Bellingham. Cornwall is described as a great beginner’s course that offers several different shots.     Another course players can head to is Riverside 18, a converted golf course in Ferndale. This course has plenty of open space and is used for more advanced athletes. Riverside 18 is located at Interstate 5 Exit 262 right along Main Street.     Ferndale also has the VanderYacht Park Course, which offers beautiful views to go along with good playing conditions. VanderYacht is known for its flat playing field. To reach VanderYacht Park, also take Exit 262 into downtown, with a right on Third Avenue and another right on Washington Street.

   Lastly, Lynden’s Patterson Park is another local course that offers competitive play. The nine-hole course along the Nooksack River also features beautiful views toward the Cascade Mountains.    Patterson Park holds two acres of disc golf property, jointly operated by the city and the Lynden Regional Park and Recreation District. Various members of the Lynden community volunteered to design and create the course.    The course is closed for the winter months, but reopens in mid-April. Lynden Parks Department Director Vern Meenderinck said the community has shown plenty of interest since the opening and that there’s excitement for the sport around town.    “It’s been very consistent since we opened and it was like that last summer too,” Meenderinck said. “We had quite a bit of people call in asking when it would be open and there’s definitely some people who are happy to have it back.”    Meenderinck added that he expects the course to remain open as long as the weather is favorable. Last year, the course was closed in mid-November.    Patterson Park is located off Seventh Street.


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Welcome to Whatcom County, a northwest paradise of small towns steeped in cultural heritage and history, and nestled perfectly between the big-city life inVancouver, British Columbia to the north and Seattle to the south. Outdoor enthusiasts will find nothing lacking as the Whatcom playground goes from saltwater shores to the towering Cascades, framed by the ever-present Mount Baker, to the east. Whether you come for a day, a week or a lifetime, one thing you will know for certain: You are in the right place!


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Lakes   Those visiting or living in Whatcom County this summer have an opportunity to experience not only beautiful weather, but also some of the most scenic lakes in all of Washington.    The county’s biggest attraction comes in the form of Lake Whatcom. This freshwater destination stretches 14 miles long and provides drinking water for over 85,000 county residents. The lake, however, also serves as a recreational hotspot for community members during beautiful Northwest Washington summers.    Waterskiing, wakeboarding, swimming and fishing, along with other water activities, are common on a lake that stretches from Bellingham’s Electric Street all the way south to nearly Skagit County. Those looking to experience the lake at its best should wake up early in the morning or take to the water later in the afternoon avoid windy conditions or boating traffic.     Bloedel-Donovan Park rests on the northwestern tip of Lake Whatcom well within the Bellingham city limits. This public recreation site offers activities for the entire family. Along with a designated swimming area complete with a sand beach, the park also provides a public boat launch, outdoor basketball and volleyball courts and grassy areas fit for everything from soccer to Frisbee.    For those looking to stay dry, North Lake Whatcom Park provides the ultimate opportunity to enjoy a day in the sun. The park is located at the far end of North Shore Road and runs along Lake Whatcom’s less developed side. Hertz Trail runs 3.1 miles and follows the Blue Canyon mine railroad grade. The trail gives you a chance to walk or bike while taking in the surrounding waterfalls and stoic Douglas Fir trees.

   Those searching for a more intimate setting to partake in water sports or a day resting by the lake need not look further than Lake Samish. Samish features water that is often calmer than Lake Whatcom and a slalom course for competitive water skiers. Additionally, the lake located just west of I-5 between Bellingham and Alger includes Lake Samish Park. This 39-acre site that was founded in 1968 provides both a public boat launch and a large grassy area to unwind after a stressful week at the office.   Lake Padden is another viable destination for Washingtonians in need of a hiking or fishing adventure. The freshwater reservoir, two miles in length, is stocked with rainbow, kokanee and cutthroat trout annually. A 2.6-mile trail surrounds Padden along with a 900acre park complete with playgrounds, picnic tables and outdoor basketball courts. Padden is located on Samish Way in south Bellingham, and its surrounding park provides the opportunity for a peaceful day of relaxation as a 1,000-foot ridge protects the area from noisy I-5 traffic. No motor boats allowed    While Lake Samish and Lake Whatcom provide the best destinations for avid wakeboarders and waterskiers, Silver Lake is the place to go for Whatcom County fishermen. Situated about 40 minutes east of Bellingham via Mount Baker Highway, Silver Lake has something for every type of fishermen. In addition to open water for trolling, the lake features land drop-offs for bank fishing and shallow bays for the best fly-fishing in the county. The 411-acre park has 92 campsites for a full weekend retreat. Rowboat and paddleboat rentals are available for the entire family to get out on the water.

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Point Whitehorn

  If your ideal park is beauty in its natural state, teeming with birds and marine life, then the opening of Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve is good news — just don’t squish the marine life between your toes.    One of the newest public areas north of Bellingham, Point Whitehorn affords visitors unique perspectives into the Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve, known for its kelp forests, herring spawning grounds and walkable beach.     To make this area dynamic, the 54-acre park with 1,900 feet of salt-water beach has a 3/4-mile trail through wooded wetlands with interpretive signs leading to a switchback trail that cuts down from viewpoints of the Strait of Georgia to a windswept cobble beach. When the tide is out, visitors can dive right into the uncovered marine life in the exposed tidepools.    “The walk is very nice, but the beach is a huge attraction,” says Michael McFarlane, Whatcom County parks director. The park opened on Memorial Day 2009 and boasted 13,000 visitors in the first two months. After all, the uninterrupted sandy shoreline is unparalleled in Western Washington.    On property that the county was able to get in a complicated land swap, the excitement doesn’t seem evident from the gravel parking lot. But don’t be fooled. The wheelchair-accessible path immediately leaves the neighboring fields and enters the maritime maturing forest of western hemlock, Sitka spruce, western red cedar and big-leaf maple broken up by the wetlands. Downed trees and a lush blanket of moss and ferns provide cover for habitat.    Amidst the crunch of the rock below your feet, the sounds of the wildlife fill the air. Numerous boardwalks constructed on the trail are designed to protect the area and allow dry passage all year long. The trail weaves through the forest, skirting wetlands and eagle nesting sites. Signs along the way tell the story of the wetlands, the woodpeckers, hawks, bald eagles, Douglas squirrels and plenty more of the animals and vegetation surrounding the trail, giving visitors a learning opportunity throughout the stroll.

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   The path opens up along a ridge with a trio of viewpoints of the saltwater. When the tide is in, the crashing waves against rock can be heard well before it is seen. A tight switchback trail (this is where the wheelchair accessibility ends) drops visitors to the pristine beach below.    “Probably the number-one reason people go is the incredible shoreline there,” McFarlane says. “It is an amazing place even at higher tides with the waves crashing into the rocks.”    Visitors of all ages come to the reserve. On warmer days, the sights and sounds of children playing with purple starfish and other marine life — not to mention the building of sandcastles — joins the songs of the birds. Cooler days still offer views, and McFarlane notes that some people love to come and watch the tankers unload at the oil refineries in the distance.     No matter the draw, Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve provides a bounty of nature for all ages.     For more information, visit parks/pointwhitehornmarinereserve.jsp.

The beach at Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve south of Birch Bay.

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   Northwest Washington’s unique terrain provides the layout for a number of diverse golf courses throughout Whatcom County:     • Dakota Creek: Soak in the views, as you zig and zag across fields and ravines just minutes from Canada. Originally built in 1998 as a nine-hole course, the first nine includes a 250-foot climb in elevation along a ridge, offering spectacular views of Whatcom County. The course is built onto a former dairy farm and into a ravine across Dakota Creek, which means you share your 5,560 yards and 18 holes with bald eagles, deer and salmon spawning grounds.     • Homestead Golf and Country Club: This 6,900-yard links designed course features water on 13 holes and some of the deepest bunkers this side of the state. A par-72, Homestead is well maintained throughout the summer and greens fees are reasonable. For the average golfer, rates range between $40 and $50. While every hole is challenging, Homestead is nationally recognized for the 525-yard finishing par 5. Shown in a 1996 “Golf Digest” issue, the 18th hole plays to an impressive three-tiered island green.     • Raspberry Ridge Golf Course and Grill: This 5,170-yard par 34 opened just off Hannegan in 1984 after former owner Billy Robins Sr. decided to turn his raspberry field into a charming nine-hole golf course with track designer Bill W. Overdorf. Now owned and maintained by John Olson, Raspberry Ridge features some of the best course conditions in Whatcom County. Big greens and excellent drainage are a staple of this track that features a slope rating of 67.3. Additionally, green fees are affordable, and the course provides outstanding views of Mt. Baker.     • Semiahmoo Golf and Country Club: Golfers seeking a stiff test need not look further than this course designed by Arnold Palmer.

Ranked as the #6 public course in the state by “Golfweek” in 2011, Semiahmoo is open to the public on odd dates of the month. Its features include tight fairways and beautifully manicured greens. Also, water comes into play on five of the 18 holes. At 7,005 yards, Semiahmoo is arguably the toughest challenge among Whatcom County courses for amateurs and pros alike.     • Loomis Trail Golf and Country Club: Situated just off Loomis Trail Road, this scenic course isn’t for the average sandbagger. At 7,100 yards, Loomis Trail has one of the highest slope ratings in the state of Washington. Making matters treacherous is the water that comes into play on all 18 of the holes designed by Graham Cooke. Ranked as the #4 public course in the state by “Golfweek” in 2011, Loomis Trail is among the top 100 public courses in the country.     • Shuksan Golf Club: Located just off Axton Road, this undulating track is tucked between Northwest Washington’s patented evergreens. At 6,800 yards, Shuksan provides local golfers with the best opportunity to boom their drives to fairways hundreds of feet below them.     • North Bellingham Golf Course: Golfers seeking a course with links-style terrain needn’t look further than North Bellingham. This track just off the Guide Meridian gives golfers the opportunity to slice through gusting winds and navigate undulating fairways.     • Sudden Valley Golf and Country Club: With the front 9 resting on the northern side of Lake Whatcom, this Ted Robinson-designed course features two contrasting styles. While the front 9 is flat and wide open with stunning views of the lake, the back nine creeps and winds into the area’s surrounding foothills. The undulating back 9 is complemented by smooth, flat greens that are fairly easy to read.     • Lake Padden Golf Course: Don’t let the yardage fool you. With the forest-like feel, this 6,575-yard championship golf course plays up to 10 percent longer than the actual yardage. With a traditional layout, holes get tucked away in the forest, giving you a private feel. As a Bellingham city property near Lake Padden, the course is carved out of a second-generation old-growth forest with trees over 100 feet tall.


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Point Roberts     Lily Point Marine Reserve, located on Point Roberts, challenges hikers with about a one-mile trek that passes by a viewpoint that towers 300 feet above Boundary Bay. This would be the can’t-miss of Lily Point Marine Reserve.    What meets the eye when you walk up to the fence is a panoramic-like view of the bay.    Looking south, you’ll see the San Juan Islands, though it would need to be completely clear skies in order to do so. On a pleasant day with cloudless skies, one can see the silhouettes of the islands in the hazy distance — a stunning view.    It would take a sharp pair of eyes to spot Mount Baker in the east, even on a cloudless day. But you can get a great view of the shores of Bellingham.    To the left (north) is the skyline of Vancouver, B.C., but once again, it would require a clear day to be able to see it.    After finishing with this eye-feast spot, hikers can descend the trail that leads to the beach. Something that should definitely be taken into account, however, is the steepness of the path leading to the water.    For starters, families with young children would have to either carry or walk carefully with them, because the incline is too steep for strollers. This trail also might prove too dangerous for those with weak joints.     “You’ll want to be in fairly decent physical condition to get back up the trail,” said Ben Van Buskirk, the lead ranger of Whatcom County Parks’ Northwest Region. “It’s a steep hill, but there’s plenty of level hiking if you want to stay on the upper part.”    For those able to make it down to the beach, durable shoes, not flip-flops or sandals, should be worn, as the beach is not sandy but covered with barnacled, sharp rocks.    The main benefit of making the trek to the bottom is the expanded view. You get a better look at the Vancouver skyline, as well as the San Juan Islands. Also, if you turn around, to the right is a sandstone cliff, surrounded by thick foliage.    Van Buskirk noted that Lily Point is rather strict as far as the “do’s and don’ts” it enforces.     “You go to Lighthouse Marine Park, we’ve got camping and we’ve got picnic areas — at Lily Point we don’t allow people to stay overnight. No camping, no beach fires,” Van Buskirk said. “And we try to keep all the mountain bikes on (the up-

per trails) rather than heading down to the beach. Lily Point is a Whatcom County Park, but it’s a reserve in the sense that it’s a lot more passive recreation.”     In order to get to Lily Point Marine Reserve, you have to cross the Canadian-U.S. border a combined total of four times round-trip. Legal documents are required to get you through the border. Those 18 and under are admitted with a birth certificate, while anyone over 18 is required to have a passport or enhanced driver’s license.    “The low tides are a big attraction at Lily Point,” Van Buskirk said. “I would definitely bring your binoculars — the reserve is really good for bird watching.”   NOTES: Directions to Lily Point Marine Reserve: Take the Peace Arch border crossing. Continue on Highway 99 north after crossing the border, until Exit 20. Follow the signs to the Point Roberts border crossing. Continue on Tyee Drive after crossing the border. Turn left on APA Road and continue on past Claire Lane. The road dead-ends and turns into the main trail off Lily Point. Lily Point does not provide a parking lot, so park on the side of APA Road.

Below the bluff at Lily Point 100 years ago was a salmon cannery.

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Jansen Art Center   The continually evolving and expanding Jansen Art Center in Lynden has given all of Whatcom County a new, pristine home for experiencing art.     The Eleanor & Henry Jansen Foundation took over the former City Hall building, built in 1928, and purchased the adjoining Steinhauer Building, built in 1912, and has spent roughly $2 million to turn the three-story structures comprising roughly 20,000 square feet into a unified state-of-the-art center focused on art of all kinds. The center opened in early 2012.    Studios within the buildings include pottery, weaving, dance, music and children’s themes. Lounges and banquet space aims to attract people from all walks of life. The upstairs 130-person Chamber Hall space features a new 8-foot, 4-inch Schimmel piano.    While the renovation, upgrade and beautification alone of the structures certainly give life to the downtown Front Street site, plenty of art now livens up that part of town as well.    The Jansen Art Center is ultimately a one-stop place for art classes and rental of art studio space. Programs in music, painting, weaving, pottery, glass arts, children’s crafts, jewelry making, dance and much more (yoga, for example) will happen from the early morning to during the day for homeschool students and seniors, and after school and in the evening.    Along with classes that may run weeks at a time or simply a few hours in a workshop setting, the “J,” as its owners have now dubbed it, has also started hosting an array of live musical events.    As the center continues to build its offerings of classes, it

has opened its doors (garage-style doors that spill the art onto the street) to the public, giving all a chance to walk through gallery space in the newly overhauled building. A new cafe space opened in spring 2013 greets visitors on the main floor.    The main floor features two dance studios, a painting studio, a coffee shop, a gallery and gallery gift shop. A large outdoor deck is being constructed on the south side of this floor. The upper floor contains a large performing arts venue, Chamber Hall (complete with a kitchen to support rental events), music practice rooms, a weaving studio and a library/workshop. The basement floor features a pottery studio, jewelry and glass studios, a children’s workshop area and other workshops. Lower floor workshops open to an outdoor patio and garden area.     Based on a design by Andrew Krzysiek of Bellingham’s Zervas Group and the work of Exxel Pacific Inc. construction, the renovations have included touches of modern art and riffs on the historic nature of the buildings.    Exciting features include the return of the original openings onto Front Street of the fire hall doors; the refinishing of both original textured concrete floors and original Douglas fir floors throughout much of the structure; a new outdoor deck with views toward Mount Baker; the upstairs Chamber Hall that will serve as a concert and reception venue complete with theater lighting and triple-pane glass; a large open areas for dance; and a basement full of unique (pottery, jewelry, a glass kiln, etc.) art-creating tools.     Heidi Doornenbal, the foundation’s president, a daughter of Eleanor and Henry and the visionary behind the center, said that she has been amazed by the number of artists and teachers clamoring to assist in the project. From a massive “gallery table” largely donated by Lynden furniture maker Greg Klassen to a tile mural largely donated by local artist Debbie Dickinson to the Mt. Baker Rotary Club donation of $30,000 for a glass kiln, the local arts community has wowed her.    The public reaction to the center has been stellar and Doornenbal hopes new people will continue to discover and explore everything the Jansen Art Center has to offer.

The Jansen Art Center has won awards for its architectural restoration.

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Plover Ferry

  The state’s oldest passenger foot (and pedal) ferry gives Whatcom County residents a distinctly Northwest experience between Blaine and Semiahmoo. And many don’t even know about it. The MV Plover, a historic 1944 ferry, has been recommissioned and is certified by the U.S. Coast Guard.     Built in 1944 in Seattle, the Plover was used to shuttle cannery workers and townsfolk across the mouth of Drayton Harbor to the Alaska Packers Salmon Cannery on Semiahmoo Spit. The original incarnation of the ferry operated until 1964. Now, between Memorial and Labor days, the ferry shuttles up to 17 passengers

— and bicycles and strollers — across Drayton Harbor on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Round-trip fares by donation are $5 for adults, $1 for children.     The running time from Blaine Harbor to Semiahmoo Resort is approximately 11 minutes, with views of Blaine’s working harbor, Semiahmoo Bay and the Canadian Coastal Mountain range. Hop on the Plover on the hour at Blaine Harbor’s Visitors Dock (Gate II). The return run is approximately 23 minutes, as the Plover takes an extended route to view Drayton Harbor with Mount Baker looming in the background.

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Hiking   Whatcom County is special for a variety of reasons, and from an outdoor standpoint, hiking is certainly a prominent one.    Local hikers have the luxury of a great many places to traverse throughout the county. Many have very easily accessible trailheads with varying difficulties depending on each hiker’s skill level. Ruth Mountain     The Ruth Mountain hike is a unique one due to several factors. It isn’t a terribly difficult hike to undertake, but it provides the vistas and landscapes typical of far tougher trips.     With an elevation gain of about 4,300 feet from start to finish, Ruth Mountain takes between five and six hours to hike. The total distance equals out to about 10 miles.    As the trip progresses, it turns into more of a climb than an actual hike. Climbing outlets recommend bringing along ice axes, crampons and ropes, as the snow-covered summit can prove hazardous otherwise.    The summit provides breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, the closest of which is Mount Shuksan. Many consider bringing a tent for an overnight stay, as the long hike time and breathtaking views might make it difficult to get back to the trailhead in a timely manner.     It’s best to take on the Ruth Mountain hike between April and July. Heliotrope Ridge    For hikers searching for a less advanced trek than the one provided by the Ruth Mountain Hike, look no further than Heliotrope Ridge.

    This trip totals about 4.5 miles round-trip with a 2,000-foot elevation gain, starting out in an old-growth forest. The hike is definitely a strenuous one, but the trip to the top proves well worth it in the end.    Near the top, trees give way to beautiful mountain meadows and large amounts of seemingly untouched wildflowers and greenery. Hikers must cross several streams to reach their destination.    At the trail’s peak, however, is an entirely different sight.    On a clear day, the magnificent Coleman Glacier is visible, along with one side of Mount Baker. Marmots scurry around near the top, and mountain streams trickle across the trail.    Some of the creeks could conceivably become impassable due to high flow rates caused by snow melt, a fact that should be considered when climbing to Heliotrope Ridge, especially later in the day. The fall and summer are the best times to visit this trail. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at the trailhead.     Ruth Mountain and Heliotrope Ridge are obviously just a couple of the hiking options throughout the county’s vast landscape. Other hikes include Excelsior Ridge, Goat Mountain, Lost Lake and many more. Visit parks/trails/trails.jsp for more options.     For more information and for Ruth Mountain trailhead driving directions, visit     For more information on Heliotrope Ridge and for trailhead driving directions, visit heliotrope_ridge_0860.asp.

A stroll in the mountains of Whatcom County offers a bounty of views.

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Biking   There are plenty of areas around Whatcom County for both mountain and road bikers to fulfill their recreational needs.    Starting with more rugged trails, the Chuckanut Mountain Park and Trail provide lovely views of Bellingham Bay and Mount Baker. The trail is made up of 8,000 acres of publicly owned land, providing riders with a nice distance to take in the great views of the surrounding region.    Chuckanut is located just south of Bellingham off Interstate 5 exit 250. Follow the road into Old Fairhaven and take a left on 12th Street. You will then follow Chuckanut Drive/SR11 for 1.5 miles to trailhead parking on the left side of the road.    On top of Chuckanut, riders can also enjoy the Squires Lake Trail, which is described as an easy to moderate 2.2-mile ride. The trail offers a very easy loop trail, but also has a more adventurous trail into the Beaver Pond Ecosystem. Squires is located off I-5 exit 242. After taking the exit, you will then drive nearly a mile east, where you will see signs for a parking area.    Last, but certainly not least, are the Galbraith Mountain trails. Galbraith prides itself on offering a variety of options to bikers of all skill levels. For cross-country riders, there are great options including the “Wonderland” and “Ridge Trail” loops. On top of trails, local trail builders have also added jumps and stunts that are well built and focus on flow. Galbraith is located off I-5 at the North Lake Samish exit (246). You then continue on Samish Way for around 100 feet, and parking is available on the other side of Samish Way in the Upper Lake Padden Park parking lot.    For riders looking for a more tranquil, free ride experience, there are several locations to visit. Starting off with the Interurban Trail, riders can enjoy 5.9 miles (each way) of trails that connect Fairhaven and Larrabee State Park. The Interurban provides visitors with phenomenal views of the mountains and the San Juan Islands. The trails are located inside the Chuckanut Trail System.    Another option for bikers is Hertz Trail. The trail begins with a gradual slope through forest area to the kiosk at the lakeshore. On the trail, you can also find information about the history of Lake Whatcom. The trail follows the former railroad grade of Bellingham and the Eastern Railway along the north shores of Lake Whatcom. Views are plentiful at Hertz Trail, with Lake Whatcom and waterfalls being the main attractions.    Pets are also welcome on the trails as long as they are on a leash at all times.    The trailhead is located near the end of North Shore Drive in Bellingham. Go east to the end of the road and look for signs for parking.


Whatcom Falls Park offers winding trails for bikers.

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Birds    Whatcom County’s forests, marshes, lakes and sea shores are home to a vast array of bird species, particularly waterbirds and birds of prey. These parks offer unique viewing:     • Larrabee State Park has harlequin ducks, double-crested and pelagic cormorants, glaucous-winged gulls, great blue herons, common loons, mew gulls and an array of owls.     • Lake Terrell, near Ferndale, boasts ducks, blackbirds, swallows and several marsh birds.     • Sehome Hill Arboretum, Bellingham, offers a variety of birds, including black-headed grosbeaks, pileated woodpeckers and western tanagers.     • Tennant Lake, Ferndale, has pied-billed grebe, hooded merganser, eagles, red-tailed hawk, northern harrier, marsh wren, American bittern, Savannah sparrows, green herons, wood ducks, common yellowthroats, tree swallows, Virginia rails and soras.     • Whatcom Falls Park boasts American dippers, Steller’s jays, chestnut-backed chickadees, barred and great horned owls, woodpeckers, yellow-rumped warblers, wood ducks, hooded mergansers, herons, Virginia rails and soras.     • Birch Bay State Park has common loon, western grebe, scoters, harlequin duck, northern pintail, American wigeon, brant, gulls, wood ducks, Virignia rails and other waterfowl.     • Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve gives birders another chance to go rural and capture the sights and sounds of marine birds.



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