We are staying in Bellingham for a few days until our roof rack gets installed. We went to Birch Bay State Park to see the sunset – so pretty! Tripp was having fun doing Karate Kid moves! 😄
The next day we went up into the North Cascades toward Mt. Baker in hopes of cooking dinner by a river (haha…that didn’t happen!).
On our way, we stopped to look at the North Fork Nooksack River. It was sooo pretty! We really liked this river. It was moving really quickly – lots of snow melt!
As we were enjoying this awesome view, unbeknownst to us, Lily had escaped from her kennel in the van and proceeded to eat half a pack of Mentos candy! We weren’t sure if we needed to head back to town to a vet or not. We had no cell signal, but we remembered seeing an Internet hotspot at a gas station on the way up here. We drove back to that gas station (which was like a 10-15 minute drive or more) and used the WiFi to make a call to a vet in Bellingham. They weren’t sure if we should bring Lily in or not, but gave us a pet poison control hotline we could call. It was a $75 consultation fee to call the hotline (are you kidding me?!), but was cheaper than taking her to the vet if we didn’t need to (and we could salvage the trip up the mountain). Fortunately, they said not to worry so we went back up the mountain! Maybe she’ll poop rainbows after all those Mentos!
We then stopped off at Nooksack Falls – really thunderous water fall!
When we made it back from the mountain of hell road, I proceeded to destroy one of the rear windows of the van…. I had opened both rear doors to get the food (that we didn’t cook by the river) out of the fridge. I accidentally let the bike rack on the passenger side door slam into the edge of the window of the driver’s side door since neither door was fully open or closed. Hard to explain. We have an appointment to get it replaced in the morning. $500 later…
We got the van back from Safelite and it looks as good as new! We got the ladder reattached and it’s ready to go for the roof rack installation tomorrow!
We ate breakfast at the Birch Door Cafe in Bellingham, and it was amazing! A guy named Boris was asking about our van at the hotel, and he recommended eating here.
The next day we got the roof rack and ladder installed! It looks awesome and it’s built really well! We will get a lot of use out of it!
The next day we started to head back to Arkansas and stopped in Roslyn, WA to see the town where Northern Exposure was filmed. It was only six minutes off the freeway near Cle Elum. We got to see the iconic café mural as well as the bar that was always in the movie.
We then headed to Spokane for the night. We got to eat at a new Spaghetti Factory we’ve never been to! That marks number 11 for us!
On our way to Billings, MT, we were driving through some really pretty mountain scenery and I said, “I wish we would see a moose or a bear”. About 15 seconds later we saw a moose and her baby calf!!! This is the first time we’ve ever seen a moose!! So cool!
The photos are kind of blurry because we were going about 60 mph when I had to reach for my camera quickly and zoom in to get a photo (Carla was driving and I was working).
So that was a major thing checked off on our list of things we wanted to see! Even when we traveled up in the New England area where there are moose caution signs, we never saw one.
We spent the night in Billings, MT.
7/29/2022 – Today is Carla’s birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARLA!! I love you so much!! Thank you for everything you do, including driving us all over this country! Not many wives would drive a 43’ RV towing a vehicle through the curvy mountain roads of Utah in the snow, along with all of the other iffy places we’ve been throughout 65,000+ miles of traveling over the past 7 years, and then homeschooling when not driving! Even today on your birthday, you are behind the wheel yet again! You are the best, baby!
We’ve been a lot of fun places thanks to you!!
We spent the night in Rapid City, SD. We got a cookie cake to celebrate Carla‘s birthday and ate at Texas roadhouse!
We spent the night in Omaha, NE and it was really nice knowing that was the last hotel for the trip! We are all really ready to be home!