|We got up early and arrived at the RV repair shop promptly at 9am. They said to give them at least a couple of hours while they tried to troubleshoot our problem. So we headed back north on Interstate 5 toward the Canadian border to visit Birch Bay. It was the second destination recommended after the Mt Baker scenic highway drive we took yesterday. It was a cloudy overcast morning with an occasional sprinkle or two but around noon there was spotty sunshine and the temperature actually wound up in the mid 60's.
It was a nice drive to Birch Bay, but we didn't find the destination all that remarkable. We always make the best of everything (at least we try to!) so after walking along the beach for a bit we moved on. The sand was black for most of it, so that was neat. We also enjoyed seeing the boats stranded while the tide was out. And there were plenty of ducks playing about in the shallow waters to enjoy.
Around noon we headed back to Bellingham and went to the bay there. Much nicer! We parked the truck and found a cool stairwell leading down to the waterfront. There was a long bridge and we walked a mile or better enjoying the breeze and sights. There was an interesting 'thing' called The Porch to check out. It had two painting/murals, one on each side. Very unique. If you study the larger one, you'll find flying cars, angels humans, animals and the list goes on. You might enjoy spending a few minutes on that picture...
Leaving the bay, we headed to the old downtown area to check out the Whatcom Museum. A beautiful building. Then we just drove through a few of the neighborhoods and found the Lairmont Mansion. Both the exterior and the interior of the house show a European influence. In fact, much of the work on the house was crafted in Europe and then brought over. The finished woodwork was shipped to the site from Italy; the impressive glass doors and ironwork were imported from Belgium, and European artist's hand-painted portions of the wood wainscoting. Today, Lairmont Manor is in a non-profit trusteeship and is used for a variety of gatherings such as concerts, reunions and weddings. Since 1974 over 2,000 couples have been married in Lairmont Manor.
Around 3pm the shop called to tell us good and bad news. The bad news, we haven't located the problem trailer fault yet and your seals are blown, saturating 3 of the brake pads etc etc. And the good news? You can spend the night here in the service bay and we'll start again in the morning! Oh no, not what we wanted to hear...So, that's our current situation. Guess we'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow brings. I'll let you know....