Peace Arch State Park, Blaine, WA
We landed in Seattle a bit sleep deprived, got breakfast at a local cafe, and headed north. It was overcast (which for us Californians was a rare and lovely sight). The hills were shrouded in curls of mist. Everything was so green––the fields and farms, the tree-covered hills. We took a detour through Chuckanut Drive and enjoyed the winding route through the trees with glances of the bay. Stopped for some coffee/tea at the Drive's end, where the approach of the Christmas season was evident. (Free snowman cookie samples anyone?)
In time we found ourselves at the tip top of Washington. The grass and surfaces were dewy and wet from the weather, which I loved. We meandered through the park, read up on previously-unknown (to me at least) history, and got the typical tourists shots of the arch and nearby totem poles. Like running down to a creek just to touch the water before returning to the trail, we ran north to dip our toes into Canada before doubling back and returning to Seattle. We stayed the night in our first AirBnB for the trip in Issaquah (super sweet with complimentary muffins, bottles of water, and even pillow mints).