The Road to 65, Mile 186: Northwestward, Day 7, Part 2- Everett and Blaine

June 2, 2015, Blaine, WA-  As mentioned earlier, I drove the length of the Puget Sound metro area, stopping only in deference to my fellow travelers, as the rush hour, and a few accidents, dictated.  I stopped in Everett, the northern anchor of the metro region, in search of at least one of the port city’s well-regarded botanical gardens.

Legion Park honours the American Legion, to which I belong.  It was thus a logical place to stop and enjoy the interspersing of the great evergreens of this area, with the riot of colour that comes with every well-planned garden.  Not being much of a floral authority, I nonetheless present several of the plants that stood out most prominently to me, on this drizzly but glorious afternoon, when I had the place virtually to myself.

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                                                         Legion Park Memorial Plaque

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                                  The Douglas fir is the signature resident of Evergreen Arboretum.

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                                                 There are seven distinct gardens, within this park.

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                                                                     Here is a Japanese White Pine.

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                                                               Someone says “Peek-a-boo”.

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The Asian ambiance of the garden is scintillating.

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                         Purple and white hemlocks co-exist very well.  Let that be a lesson!

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                           Rain is helping the engineers who are healing this soil.

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                                                  Various clever sculptures accent the flora.

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                                             This is my signal to move forward and achieve!

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                            My mother  always had forsythia, as ground cover, when we were kids.

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                                                                 Robin kept me company, near the Rock Garden.

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                  The Northwest Native Trail gave me a feeling that I was back on the Olympic Peninsula.

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                                        No arboretum is complete, without Bonsai.

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                                           “Nanny, nanny, boo-boo!”

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                             Even the frontage of the parking lot is well-flowered.

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                                                             Here’s one last look back.

Port Gardner Bay, just west of the park, offers a fine view of north Puget Sound.

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                       This bay has a huge osprey colony.  The birds were busy fishing, though.

Moving northward, I opted to stay close to the Canadian border, and chose this fine little establishment.

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                      A Korean woman owns the place, and the hospitality is very warm.

Next door, Ocean Bay Restaurant offers excellent Chinese cuisine.  It draws regulars from White Rock, BC, a few miles away.

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This section of a mural, inside Ocean Bay, brought to mind the victims of the recent Yangtze ferry disaster.

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                            Penny was born in a Year of the Horse, so  all her strength and beauty appeared to me, through these magnificent animals.

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When I arrived at Bayside, this gull was begging a local woman for food.  He obliged me for this profile, a bit later.

Looking northward, I spotted the community of White Rock.  Borders may be seen as necessary right now, but they are still artificial.

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Thus did my very full day end, in Blaine, Washington.

4 thoughts on “The Road to 65, Mile 186: Northwestward, Day 7, Part 2- Everett and Blaine

  1. Great series of shots. I think those purple and white flowers might be foxglove rather than hemlock, though? They are quite beautiful! Hope you are thoroughly enjoying your journey. The more I read your logs, the more I want to jump in my own car and go for a long drive somewhere. Safe travels!

    • I base my identification on the sign that was next to the white “hemlocks”. Sometimes, there are so many plants in one spot, though, that it’s easy to get thrown off.

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