Mother's Day brought a fun adventure this year. My son Jake came down to Seattle on Saturday with his girlfriend, Angie, to attend a play with his Grandma, while I went to a musical with my sister and my Mom. Both performances were quite enjoyable. Sunday morning, Angie needed to return to Bellingham for work and I agreed to drive Jake back to Bellingham on Sunday afternoon.
Jake, my dog Frodo and I went to my sister's house for lunch and a Mother's Day visit with Mom and other family. After that we hit the freeway north to Bellingham from Seattle. We made a brief stop at Gissberg Twin Lakes (a Snohomish County park just outside of Marysville) so Jake could do a bit of fishing, and hit a Starbucks for some cold beverages. We decided to travel on Chuckanut Drive, scenic state Highway 11 along the bluff between Bellingham and Mount Vernon. I'll definitely return to that drive with my camera!
Once in Bellingham, it was almost dinnertime. We made a stop at Jake's apartment to drop Frodo off, as it was too warm to keep him in the car while we had dinner. We stopped at the Whatcom Creek Fish Hatchery, where Jake attends Bellingham Technical College's Fisheries and Aquaculture program.
After our visit, we were hungry, so we went across town to the Boundary Bay Brewery on his recommendation, and the suggestion of many other folks. Jake just turned 21, so I think this is the first time I had dinner with my kid in a bar. Boundary Bay is a popular brewery and restaurant with the Bellingham crowd.
The place is large, but unpretentious, it's clear they've been at this craft brewing and chow thing for a while. At first we decided to wait for a dining room table and then decided to eat in the bar, where the warehouse garage doors were open.
I took Jake home after ice cream and my dog Frodo and I met up with my photography mentor and good friend, Paul Conrad. We stopped at the Boardwalk, a long park along the bay, chatted about life and pictures, work and fun. The sunset was a bit of a bust, not very colorful, but Frodo was enjoying the beach.
I'm sure I'll visit more spots in Bellingham in the near future. It's a wonderful college town (home of Western Washington University), and also the home of my oldest child.