The evergreen State

Trip Start May 27, 2010
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Trip End Sep 10, 2010


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bellingham RV Park

Flag of United States  , Washington
Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bellingham, Washington State,located on the Puget Sound where Orcas do their migratory travel in spring and the city has a backdrop of a snow laden Mt Baker and the Cascades Mountains only 50 minutes away.  You can ski for 9 months of the year, mountain bike, kayaking and trekking trails abound and it seems every house has a boat,canoe or some type of floating platform in their yards they fish for trout and salmon in so many places from racing rivers to lakes continually stocked with Bass,Salmon and Trout for the ever present fly fisherman it is a major activity here.

 Beautiful one day raining the next, if you stand still enough in WS they say you will rust!
But there is a positive side, green everywhere, beautiful forests, gardens, lakes and rivers .
I am walking in a reserve within the city district for my training, around a lake and over a number of hills I can do 10km's without changing tracks, so with my backpack loaded to the brim about 25kilos I have been setting off and doing my stuff.

I am staying in the RV(not a van,photo) I have copped some flak over saying that, it is 45 feet long I have my own bedroom so my soft gargle at night does not disturb anyone, of course the car is towed behind.
Next door is a RV he tows a Mercedes 250 sl sports, but drinks beer.

Ron and Jeanette my hosts and cousins are spoiling me rotton, until last week we had never met but blood lines never lie and Jeanette my cousin on my mothers side is a true Mould, good looking, intelligent, well you know where I am coming from!!
Ron the captain of the RV is a retired Colonel from the US Air Force and what  he knows  about fishing, thats inland fishing lakes, streams etc is unbelievable. Ron carries two inflatables about 20 rods and two hundred flies everything is handmade.
Ron and Jeanette will be taking me to Kimberly Canada where I will be fly fishing and landing big salmon, well maybe!!!

We went to Mt Baker following the Nooksack river, its many and varied rapids and falls, were appearing periodically and majically between the heavily wooded valleys and ravines. These sights were broken on the valley floors with xmas trees growing everywhere, plantation after plantation of perfectly grown  trees getting ready for the department stores etc at xmas.
Ron was salivating as he told me what fish were there to be caught but we were heading to the top of Mt Baker to test my boots out(more about them later).

There are a lot of casinos, each Indian tribe has a casino on their reservation,the closest being "The Nooksack People,  the Indians are totally self sufficient and have their own laws,police force, taxes etc so middle america are paying their dues through the slot machines, poker etc and all you can eat buffetts.

Today I went to Seattle, and visited REI the equivalent in Aussie is Anaconda but add 4 floors I thought I had died and gone to heaven, but also I felt like slashing my wrists as the prices were half what I payed in Australia.
 After I recovered Ron and I had lunch at The Crab Pot on the waterfront this is one hell of a great restaurant and very reasonably priced for what you get and what service. Talking about service, it continually amazes me how service oriented the yanks are it is very nice. I have joined a gym for the week and when I leave the girl says" Ian have a good day I care about you" bloody hell I thought but on the second day she said it I still believed her, not bad for the cynic that I am.

It is friday and as I am missing my 9 hole and dinner back home we are out for more atlantic salmon and of course a few ales. It takes me 30 minutes to get a drink here, boutique bewerys are everywhere and the selection is vast, so I better go start.


Best Regards to all

Ian

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1562.html nooksack indian link


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Marc Levine on

I takes 30 minutes for you to get a beer because they can't see you. For you I suggest standing on a stool. As I'm sure many of your friends can attest, I KNOW you've got that in ya ;)...

Hope you're having a blast.

misht on

Tub it sounds amazing!!!! how wonderful to finally meet your cousin :) how is the training going with the weight in your pack???
kiss kiss x stay safe

misht
misht on

and what about your boots?????

Marie Davies on

Wonderful photos. Great blog my son--keep it up. Ye Gods you are both Moulds------and I am Aunty Agnes I'm told so we have kept it in the family. We leave on Thursday for your house Tubs and will follow you at Wendy's. All well here and do your share of the housework my son!!!!!!!!! Love you all Ma and Pa.

Den on

Let me get this straight; you've given a girl some money, she's told you to have a great day because she cares about you and you're feeling warm and fuzzy ?- get that cynicsm out of your pocket and wear it round your neck!
It looks beautiful Tubs, nice to walk without humidity I imagine. Jeanette is certainly a member of the family. If Norma stopped dyeing her hair black you'd think they were sisters. That's a monster of a van, it must cost an arm and a leg to fill the petrol tank up. Yes,what were you going to tell us about the boots? Love you mate, enjoy.

Sandra on

I know what you mean. For all the gun toting, etc etc the everyday American is genuinely caring. We stayed with a very Christian old school friend of Reg's( he was a wild piece when he went to school in Gladstone) and they thanked the Lord for having us come & stay with them at every meal we ate. It did make us feel very special!!
I hope Cousin is keeping you on the straight & narrow diet wise.
Madam Lash!!

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