Bellingham Admin | 08/10/2012 | Insider Blogs |   

The peace and pleasure of a Whatcom County sunset


With so many great things to do and see in Whatcom County, it’s often easy to overlook one of the simplest and peaceful of pleasures.

The sunset. Recently, as some personal concerns filled my mind and record heat turned my Blaine house into an uncomfortable oven, I decided to find someplace cooler. After meeting a friend for dinner, I found myself taking refuge in the air conditioning at Sehome Cinemas. But an hour into watching “The Avengers,” I decided I would rather be somewhere else. So, I left and headed to Fairhaven. I parked near the Taylor Street Dock, took a seat on a bench, felt the light breeze and watched the sun slowly slip beyond the horizon. It’s so easy to take these moments for granted. For a few quiet moments, everything that was on my mind was forgotten in this golden-orange embrace. To provide a definitive list of top places to watch the sun set in Whatcom County, I believe, would rob the experience of its power and significance. But among my favorite places to enjoy the experience, in addition to Taylor Street Dock and nearby Boulevard Park, are at Birch Bay State Park, Marina Park in Blaine and somewhere within the Nooksack Valley near the Cascade foothills. But from Fairhaven to Blaine, from Lummi Island to Mount Baker, there’s a different sunset and different personal experience waiting for everyone almost every night. Where is your favorite place to watch the sunset? 

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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