Special Walk – August 11, 2023

Special walk: Murals in Downtown Bellingham 
August 11, 2023 Friday
9:30 – 12:00ish

Meet at the bench under the Acid Ball at Wayside Park.  We will proceed toward the Morse Condos to view the  mural on Laurel and then work our way through downtown viewing murals along the way to  Champion and walk to the arts district (Flora and Grand) before proceeding Prospect to view the salmon mural and to Penny Lane mural on the way back to Waypoint Park.  For those that would like to go to lunch we can get lunch before returning to the cars.

Walk will be open to 10 walkers.  Please RSVP to Elaine Cress (elainecress@gmail.com<mailto:elainecress@gmail.com>) if you’d like to go.  Elaine will let you know if you made the cut or if you are on a wait list.

Save the Date – Tour of Ann Morris Sculpture Woods on 9/2/2023

Save the date for a day trip to Lummi Island for a tour of Ann Morris’s Sculpture Woods on Saturday, September 2, 2023. This tour is for first timers only (limited to 15). If you have gone in the past and want to go again, a wait list will be available.

We will ride the Lummi Island Ferry as foot passengers and walk approximately 1 mile from the Ferry dock to Ann Morris’s famous “Sculpture Woods” featuring 16 large scale bronze sculptures and a small gallery in a beautiful wooded setting (https://sculpturewoods.wwu.edu/).  Martie Lopez, fellow walker and docent, will lead a tour of the collection that will last about an hour. After completing our sculpture visit we can all enjoy sack lunches at a lovely site with benches overlooking the water or elsewhere on the grounds.  Ferries depart from the island on the hour.

Watch for an email with more details about the outing as well as instructions on how to sign up.

Three new walks added to our schedule

Beginning July 1, 2022 three new walks have been added to the schedule. Details below.

Sunset Pond

Parking: Cornwall Park – Entrance on Meridian at Squalicum Parkway.

Trail Instructions:  Head past the shelter on the trail that parallels Birchwood Avenue.  Cross Birchwood Avenue and walk along Orchard Drive for about a block.  Turn right on the railroad bed trail toward James Street.  Cross James Street, continue walking the same direction until you come to a gravel path off to the right.  Proceed over the foot bridge toward Sunset Pond.  Turn around and retrace this route.  RT is 2.5 miles. 
Alternate or add-on:  Proceed straight (instead of Sunset Pond foot bridge) on the trail to Irongate Street and then turn around.  RT is 4.0 miles.

Squalicum Creek Park to Elizabeth Park

Parking:  Squalicum Creek Park

Trail Instructions: Head toward Squalicum Way, cross and proceed up West Street.  Turn left on Washington Street and proceed into Elizabeth Park at Walnut Street.  Loop through the park and exit where you entered.  Proceed on Washington to Williams and turn right.  Proceed to W. North and turn left.  Proceed to West and turn right.  RT is 2 miles and can be extended by doing a loop around Squalicum Park upon your return.  

Memorial Park

Parking:  Barkley Village

Trail Instructions: Head toward the railroad trail, turn right.  Proceed west toward I-5 and Memorial Park, which is after you’ve crossed I-5.  The loop through the park does not have a trail but is on lawn, which was fairly wet when we did it. There are interesting trees and Sunnyland School in addition to the Memorial Markers.  Return via the same route. Approximately 3 miles RT.  Watch out for the turnoff to the left to get back to your cars.