We tag along - Amy Schmitz

We tag along

Oct. 6, 2019

If you'd rather click through the photos in a gallery, go here.


Last month, just two weeks after we got back from our Oregon trip, Mikey had a work conference at Semiahmoo resort. Since the resort is dog-friendly, Mikey invited us to join him.

It's right near the Candian border in Blaine, Wash., and close to trails in the North Cascades and Bellingham.

And we took a fair amount of photos for a short trip. To save myself some time (I really want to get some sewing  in soon!), I'm treating this post as more of a photo dump than usual with fewer words. 

I had planned to drive the Rover over to Seattle to pick Mikey up from work and head straight up. But when I left for the ferry, the dash lit up with warning lights. I turned around and moved all our stuff and the dogs over to the Element, which hasn't gone on a good road trip all year!


I had planned to drive the Rover over to Seattle to pick Mikey up from work and head straight up. But when I left for the ferry, the dash lit up with warning lights. I turned around and moved all our stuff and the dogs over to the Element, which hasn't gone on a good road trip all year! 


We arrived Wednesday night, and Thursday morning, Mikey headed off to his first day of the conference. The dogs and I slept in and then drove down to Bellingham for some trail time. Tully and I ran a loop around Lake Padden and then grabbed WInnel for a short walk.


And then Friday I planned to take the monster for a long run at Whatcom Falls in Bellingham, but my hydration bladder started leaking. We still got in 10 miles, plus a couple of bonus miles walked with Winston. Both days in Bellingham included designated off-leash areas, which was a wonderful treat.

Mikey was finished with his work conference Friday afternoon. So Saturday morning, Tully and I skipped our run, and the whole family headed out to the Mount Baker Wilderness.


We dressed for rain but encountered none on the trail. Just lots of waterfalls and creek crossings.


Tully got VIP treatment on the deeper creek crossings. (Watch until the end to see Mikey's great save.)


The trail ends with views of Kulshan's Coleman Glacier and access to an ice climbing route to the peak. We would have loved to reach its true end but decided crossing the final high-flow creek wasn't worth the danger.

Our two fav photos of the day.


Waterfalls and just a hint of fall color on our way back down.


We spent the remainder of foggy daylight driving to Artist Point.

Tully and I spent the final morning running from the resort, the only time we actually ran in the rain.

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It was a wonderful long weekend, and I was happy to get a little more travel and trail time in so soon after such a long time without. Since then we've managed to stay home and get some house projects done. But more travel is coming soon.

And all those warning lights on the LR3? They all came on because of a power problem, solved with a new alternator. So the Rover is ready for our next trip. But I'm delighted the Element earned a new sticker!



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