In need of a little downtime after our two-week stay in the city, we headed a few hours north to a small state park on Padilla Bay. Located between Burlington and Bellingham, Bay View State Park was the perfect place for us to get back to nature. At the time of our stay, the dry camping loop was nearly empty and as a result, it was blissfully quiet.
Per the usual in this part of the country, it rained for half of the week which kept our adventure meter on the low side. Between rain showers, we got out one day for a short stroll on the small state park beach, another day for a walk on the nearby shore trail, and another day, we tackled a little uphill on the Pacific Northwest Trail.
Tim’s birthday fell at the end of our stay and to celebrate we visited three local breweries. We both agreed that the favorite was Garden Path Fermentation where they specialize in unique barrel aged brews using wild yeast and local ingredients. The night ended with some indulgent and delicious burgers and fries from Bastion Brewing that really hit the spot. Sadly, the ice cream place we tried after dinner was already closed for the season.
While not the most exciting week, it was a pleasant stay that put us in the perfect position to head east to the mountains!