Babymoon: Part 1

When we first started talking about where to go for our last vacation pre-baby (aka babymoon), I knew I wanted to go somewhere with cooler temperatures than Texas in August.  Not too difficult, right?  We also didn’t want to travel out of the US.  I didn’t really want to go somewhere beachy because, well, who wants to be in a swimsuit at 7 months pregnant?  Not this girl!  So we started thinking of Northern CA, Oregon or Washington.  We were using hotel rewards points and a free night for lodging, so narrowed it down based on where we could get good hotels within those constraints.  Finally we decided on Bellingham and Seattle Washington in addition to Vancouver Canada.

Our first stop on the trip was Bellingham.  For those of you who don’t know where Bellingham is, it’s located about 1.5 hours north of Seattle on Puget Sound.  It’s home to a fairly large university so it had a nice college town vibe.  My best friend has family in the area so I asked her for recommendations of things to do.  She suggested a cruise to the San Juan Islands.  I loved the idea because we could see some great scenery without too much exertion so I found a well rated one and booked tickets.

We met the boat at the harbor on an extremely foggy morning.  I was hoping to see some wildlife, but was pretty discouraged by the fact that you could barely see 10 feet off the boat due to the thick fog.  Thankfully, the further away we got from the docks, things started clearing up some.  We spotted a couple bald eagles in trees along a small island.  It was really neat to see them in person in their natural habitat.  The boat captain then decided to head toward an island known for having seals.  Sure enough there was a huge group of seals sunning themselves on the rocks and two huge guys who started giving us all a good show playing with each other.  As we’re all oohing and aahhing over the seals, one person pointed out an orca off the bow.  Sure enough, there as a pod of orcas swimming nearby.  As we got closer, we saw them being very active and playful.  And as we followed them we discovered it was a group of almost a dozen orcas!  It was so amazing watching them all swim and play together.  They are truly beautiful creatures!

See the eagle in the treetop?

See the eagle in the treetop?

Fog enveloped islands

Fog enveloped islands

Loads of seals

Loads of seals

 

Getting feisty with each other

Getting feisty with each other

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Orcas!

This was about half of the group

This was about half of the group

Playing around

Playing around

After following these guys for a while we had lunch on the boat then went to Friday Harbor, a cute town on one of the San Juan Islands.  We got off the boat and wandered around town doing a little shopping then treated ourselves to some ice cream.  We we re-boarded the boat it was time to head back to Bellingham.  We cruised through the various islands hearing about interesting history and seeing some really beautiful scenery and homes.  It started sprinkling on us a little toward the end, but nothing crazy.  That night we went to dinner at an Italian restaurant recommended by my friend for their handmade pasta.  It did not disappoint!

Boats at Friday Harbor

Boats at Friday Harbor

This preggo loves ice cream!

This preggo loves ice cream!

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Sea Plane taking off

Sea Plane taking off

This is what happens when you ask an older woman to take a picture ;-)

This is what happens when you ask an older woman to take a picture ;-)

An island for sale - no running water or electricity (and you can't install anything either) but it sure is beautiful!

An island for sale – no running water or electricity (and you can’t install anything either) but it sure is beautiful!

The next morning we had breakfast the hotel and went shopping in the historic area of Bellingham.  We popped into a few cute boutiques and toy shops looking for something fun to get Hannah.  We did find a really cute and soft penguin “lovey” to buy.  Otherwise our wallets stayed in our pockets.  The area was really cute but since it was a weekday morning there wasn’t a whole lot going on.  I could see it being more fun on a weekend with more people milling around and at the cafes and coffee shops.  After our wandering we decided to pack it up and head off to our next destination, Vancouver!  More on that in a separate post.