Living in Bellingham is the first time I have lived with all four seasons. Fall is my favorite, it always has been. Fall in Bellingham is everything wonderful about the Fall all wrapped up in this dream town. I like all of the seasons here, read about them here: Winter, Spring, Summer . On November 14, 2019 Seattle was voted the gloomiest city in the nation….which isn’t far from lovely Bellingham. I couldn’t agree LESS. Read article HERE.
Halloween in Bellingham
When I lived in Arizona and dreamed of relocating to Bellingham, I always wanted to be here for Halloween the most. The old fashioned homes, the leaves on the ground, and the pumpkins on the porch are what I always imagined a perfect Halloween would look like. Plus, some of the homes here absolutely look like a witch lives in them. You know I am right.
Walking in the Rain
The summer is gorgeous here, but I’m always ready to put away my shorts and get out my boots. When the temps start dropping it makes taking longer walks easier. It hasn’t rained as much as it should have the Falls I have spent in Bellingham, but even on the rainy days I enjoy long walks. The rain is rarely very heavy, and if you walk in the forest you actually don’t get that wet. The trees shield you. Plus once you live here you will have a raincoat and rain boots so you won’t mind the drizzle.
Fall is Cozy
Fall weather makes coffee more delicious, it reminds you of the joys of hot chocolate, and grilled cheese and tomato soup. You get to pull out your cold weather wardrobe and get cozy on the couch under blankets. When the weather is nice outside the people of Bellingham obsess about being outside and enjoying the weather. When Fall comes no one is expecting you to do all of the things every single day, so you can catch up on your TV shows or maybe game nights with the family. Read HERE the Norwegian Secret to enjoying a long winter. All of these secrets apply to Bellingham, though Fall and Winter aren’t long or gloomy to me!
I know the PNW isn’t known for their Fall leaves, but for someone new to the north I think they are spectacular. Lots of the trees in the forest are evergreens, so you don’t lose the forest or all of the trees don’t become bare…but just enough to make you really appreciate that it is Fall and things are changing. The big leaf maple trees in the forest will coat the trails with their namesake. The changing leaves in the trees, the leaves on the ground, and then sun occasionally peeking out from behind the clouds to showcase the colors has taken my breath away so many times.
Salmon Spawing in Bellingham
The salmon come from the bay into fresh streams throughout Bellingham to spawn, and then die. They do this every year, but try as I might, I didn’t see them last year. This year I have. It is amazing to see the size of the salmon, to know they hatched there, and they found their way back to complete the circle of life. It is worth finding a spot when they are running and just watching them. The determination, the effort, the numbers…all are amazing to see.