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44 degrees and Boxing Day

December 26, 2011
Bellingham Bay

Looking out over Bellingham Bay (Orin O'Neill photos)

The weather outside was most definitely frightful on Xmas Day. Wind gusts of 40 mph made standing difficult, never mind riding.

The winds had subsided by Monday morning, so I thought I’d take the GTS out for some exercise.

Ellis Street northbound

The usual route downtown was nearly deserted.

Holly Street

Most of the Shops on Holly were closed. Xmas falling on a Sunday this year, Monday was the day off for many people. Unless you work at Boeing, which takes the whole week between Xmas and New Year’s off.

Bellingham library

The library was closed. I knew this, yet I went here with the idea of renewing a book I had to set aside when notified that Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs was waiting for me. Oh, well. I can do that tomorrow.

Whatcom County Courthouse

Nothing going on at the county courthouse.

Grand Avenue southbound

Grand Avenue was pretty much deserted, too.

Magnolia Street

A few of the little restaurants on Magnolia Street were open.

Korean Restaurant

The Korean restaurant, however, was not one of them. I rather like how the sign says exactly what it is—no ambiguity here. Korean is the new Thai; stay tuned for a review sometime later this week.

Railroad Avenue

Some places on Railroad Avenue were open, as well. It was easier to find a place to park than it would be most days.


I decided to head down to Fairhaven and check out the activity there. The cluster of sailboats was more or less intact, though I wish they’d move closer together. It would make for a much better photo.

The Horizon Fairbanks

The Horizon Fairbanks remains moored on the waterfront. It would be strange if it were to set sail, never to return. Not much chance of that happening, I’m told. At least not in the immediate future.


There was a bit more activity in Fairhaven, with more shops open. About like you’d find on an early Sunday afternoon. Except this was Monday.

Hope you had a nice holiday. The new year approacheth. Favicon

  1. December 26, 2011 6:54 pm

    Nice post! I visited Bellingham briefly a few years ago. Drove in on a Friday afternoon, I think, and was engulfed immediately by more cars than fit.

  2. December 26, 2011 8:24 pm

    We had 44F in Nashville as a high today, too, Orin. I got out for some necessary shopping, but that’s about it.

    Yesterday was a different story. I love that the washed out road was exactly 14 miles due west of The Flying Saucer, located in downtown Nashville in the old Union (train) Station.

  3. mark morris permalink
    December 26, 2011 10:16 pm


    Is it typically this windy out there?

  4. December 27, 2011 1:13 pm

    In the north Sound and Strait of Juan de Fuca, yes. Wind speeds at or near hurricane force (>74 mph/119 km/h) are quite rare, but 40-50 mph gusts are not unusual in fall and winter…

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