A Day in Whatcom County

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This weekend we decided to spend a day playing tourist in our part of Whatcom County (after bringing home a few more bales of hay for Katie first thing). The Lynden Pioneer Museum has 46 horse-drawn vehicles on display, and claims to be the largest publicly-accessible collection west of the Mississippi. They also have 3 floors of strange and fascinating historical displays and collections, with a local focus. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to see much of the recreated Front St. because a group of school kids was enjoying a presentation in that area.

After our museum visit, it was time for the small animal auction at the Everson Auction Market. On Mondays at 12:30 goats, sheep, pigs & poultry are sold, with a feeder cattle sale at 3pm. They have a small cafe in the facility, so we had lunch before the sale started. We managed not to bid on any critters this time, though it was hard to pass up some of the little goat kids. The auction also looks like a great alternative for selling Seven Trees’ surplus critters when Craigslist isn’t cutting it.

We decided to have an impromptu smorgasbord for dinner, mostly because we wan’t to incorporate the can of Baltic sprats we found at our local grocery store. They were lightly smoked and canned in oil. Kind of like biggish sardines. Our hunt for a source of fresh herring has come up empty so far. One project we’d really like to try is salting and smoking our own kippers.

Later that evening we got onto a favorite topic – Seattle that was. Having grown up in the Emerald City before Microsoft and Starbucks, when they rolled up the sidewalks at 6pm, it’s tough to see Seattle as it is now, missing so many landmarks and icons. Given that we do have one foot in the modern age, we did the only thing possible and started a Facebook group to celebrate all those never-to-be-forgotten places & people. If you’re on Facebook, feel free to check out Seattle That Was and share some of your Rainy City memories.


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