When I first started planning this trip back in the spring my great-aunt Barbara (my grandfather's brother Jim's wife, if you can keep this all straight) and I emailed back and forth planning a time to come see them.
Barbara's sister Lucretia and her husband Joe let me stay in her guest bedroom, and they all spoiled me rotten from the moment I arrived :)
After spending months on the road I can't say enough how nice it is to sleep in a comfy bed and eat some good food. I definitely won't take these little things for granted for a very long time!
They took me to dinner, drove me around town, introduced me to their family, and out to Lummie Island.
One of my favorite days was our rainy drive up to Artist Point on Mt. Baker. Even though we couldn't see much the view was still pretty impressive, and I finally got a few photos of the fog the pacific northwest is so famous for.
The volume of snow and ice on Mount Baker is greater than that of all the other Cascades volcanoes (except Rainier) combined. It is also one of the snowiest places in the world; in 1999 it set the world record for recorded snowfall in a single season—1,140 in. Seeing people playing in the snow in the middle of the summer was pretty strange to me!
A few weeks after I left Bellingham my great-uncle Jim passed away. I"m so glad I get the chance to spend a little time with him, Barbara, Lucretia, and Joe. It was a wonderful few days.