Optimist Pram Sailboats Optis at St. Petersburg Sailing Center, downtown St. Pete Florida

St. Pete and Dunedin, Florida: Toasting Clark Mills – Father of the Optimist Pram Sailboat

Little did we know that a couple of planned stops in the St. Pete metro area would evolve into a celebration of a man whom I never knew… A man whose contributions to the sailing world cannot be understated. Two days after our arrival on the Pinellas Peninsula, we will come to believe that kismet that led us this particular place, on this particular weekend.

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.

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.