There comes a time in our lives when we stop asking if we’re there yet and learn to enjoy the ride for all its bumps, turns and sights.
Road trips are the best example of this.
In Bellingham, we are surrounded by spectacular destinations and beautiful roads to get there. One of my favorites is taking Chuckanut Drive to Bow, Anacortes and Mount Erie.
I left Bellingham around 9 a.m. for a 25-minute drive to Bow, a small town with a population of less than 3,500. Once in Bow, my friends and I stopped at Mariposa, which has the best burritos I’ve ever had. The restaurant looks like a shack on the side of the road, but the inside is rustic and beautiful with walls covered in mirrors. I asked for my burrito to go so I could eat later for dinner.
Walking around Bow is a trip in its own. The town has a tranquility about it that moves about as slow as one can walk through it. Small shops line the two blocks that make up the main street, including an art gallery, a thrift shop and a restaurant.
Next, I took off for Mount Erie, which takes about 40 minutes to reach from Bow. At the mountain, there is an option to take a hiking trail or a road that goes to the top parking lot. From there, by taking a few steps, miles of land and water below can be seen. On a clear day Mount Baker and Mount Rainier can be seen from Erie.
My friends and I enjoy rock climbing, so we took our supplies and climbed for a few hours on Erie. The climbs range from simple to complex, but all are pretty solid. For those interested in climbing but don’t have supplies, the Alpine Institute facilitates beginning climbs at Mount Erie starting at $145.
Afterwards, we hit the road towards downtown Anacortes, which is about five-times larger than Bow and a 10-minute drive from the top of Mount Erie. We grabbed a delicious brunch at a diner called the Calico Cupboard and then walked around downtown before calling it a day.