Colorful historic Bellingham homes

Bellingham, Washington: Ye Olde City of Subdued Excitement

Bellingham, Washington has rightfully earned its nickname: “the city of subdued excitement”. Bellingham boasts a stunning waterfront location, two historic downtown business districts,  hundreds of miles of trails, Western Washington University, a variety of interesting restaurants, cideries and breweries, and other entertainment options not typically found in a city of 89,000.

gear review hiking Lassen Peak at Lassen Volcanic National Park with Cotopaxi Luzon 18L daypack backpack

Gear Reviews: Cotopaxi 18L Luzon Del Día daypack & Osprey Tempest 9 backpack

I am not a minimalist packer, so I like lots of pockets and bells and whistles that one typically finds on a rigid backed technical pack. Robert prefers a more unconstructed daypack. Come to think of it, our distinct preference for packs could be a metaphor for our personalities. Here are our daypack picks and impressions.

Shoreline at Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, Washington

Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, WA

The scenic route north on Chuckanut Drive winds through farmland and up the side of Chuckanut Mountain, providing teaser views of the Salish Sea and San Juan Islands. Upon discovery of the sweet campground and shoreline at Larrabee State Park, we decide to stay here for four nights and explore the area. By the end of our time in Bellingham, I will find myself dreaming about a life here.