September 14, 2017

Escape Road Trip - Day Six

Our second day at the Lynden KOA was very pleasant. It wasn't nearly as hot as the previous afternoon, although the sky was very hazy with smoke from the nearby fires in British Columbia.

While sitting outside, enjoying our morning coffee, I glanced up and spotted this huge wasp nest! We had seen a few wasps flying around, but weren't terribly concerned. They pretty much left us alone and while wandering around the campground, I noticed a few more nests. There's probably not a lot anyone can do about them until the off-season. I sure wouldn't want to be around when they knock those things down!

This is the second lake in the campground. I never saw anyone out in the paddleboats, but I did see a few people fishing. Very peaceful.

We had a few locals recommend this ice cream place, so we decided to give it a try. Not bad, but not nearly as good as Face Rock (in Bandon).

The single scoop serving was huge, but very inexpensive. $1.50 or so.

Happy campers!

The flower baskets along the main street were enormous and very pretty.

Lynden is a cute little Dutch town, somewhat reminiscent of Solvang, CA.
The city lies in a broad valley along the winding path of the Nooksack River, which empties into nearby Bellingham Bay. The surrounding area is filled with dairy, raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry farms. Even though not founded by them, the region saw significant Dutch immigration in the early and mid 1900s, spurring the growth of dairies. Today, Lynden pays homage to some of its Dutch heritage through locations such as buildings on Front Street, where some businesses have been made-over with a Dutch theme, complete with a windmill. Along that street, you'll find the Lynden Dutch Bakery, Dutch Mother's Restaurant, and numerous local businesses. Some local supermarkets contain Dutch food sections, but Dutch is spoken by very few of the city's residents today. In the last two decades, the population has nearly doubled in size, with Dutch being more predominate than other ethnic ancestry. (Wikipedia)

These baskets were everywhere! They must love the climate.

I discovered this nice little coffee shop in a little strip mall, while getting gas for the truck. Since we were running low on coffee, I decided to buy a bag for the remainder of our trip. 

Delicious! I may just have to get online and order more.

More about Lynden.

I spent almost an hour in this delightful bookstore, perusing the shelves and stocking up on greeting cards. I wish Depoe Bay had a store like this.

Back at the campground, we were surprised with a bottle of bubbly to christen the trailer.

No name as of yet, but it's officially ours!


August 4, 2017
Lynden KOA, Washington

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  1. So fun! I have a feeling you're going to make a lot of happy memories in that camper!

    1. Kathy, we just got back from a two-week trip through the Olympic National Forest, so get ready to see more pics of our adventures! We're loving this new life!

  2. I loved that you christened the trailer.
    I wonder if you have a name for it yet?

    - Lisa

    1. Lisa, we never made it official, but we started calling her Sweet Pea and it stuck. :)


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