Across the Border

July 16, 2012

{Look at me – in pictures for once! courtesy of Adam’s awesome sister}

Happy Monday!

How was everyone’s weekend? Adam and I went down to the States again, to his parent’s vacation place (the same one we went to for the long weekend, here). 

{Anyone with a love of Seinfeld, like myself, will get this reference 😉 }

It was lovely and sunny on Friday afternoon when we were leaving. There was a few hiccups on the HWY, so we went around it to the Aldergrove border. Neither of us had been through this border before, and it was actually a really nice drive once you made it across. We arrived there a little after 6 pm, lounged and had dinner.

We also got to see our beautiful niece, and this cute bum (adorable outfit provided by Auntie!) 😉

{She’s teething on everything, and Adam’s fingers were the best thing ever}

Saturday morning we woke up, it was a little cloudy but we had planned on going for a hike just a little ways down the road. At first it was really cold down by the river, because it was glacier water – but once you got higher up and away from the river bed it was actually
really humid and muggy.

It took us a good hour and a bit to hike in, and then we decided to head back. The trail was busy, lots of people passing us by each way. I was complaining that it was muddy and I didn’t want to go any further when it got steep, and then Adam kindly reassured me that “if a six year old girl, wearing pink crocs can do it.. you can do it” haha. I was no longer allowed to complain after that, having passed said girl along the way.

{We left our mark on the bench, along with the others}

When we returned Adam’s cousin and family had arrived for the day to visit, and we all went to the pool. It was really hot and sunny at this point. We hung out by the pool for a while, and then came back for dinner and of course, most importantly, S’mores.

{Epic – with a PB Cup}

 Sunday we woke up, at 10 am! A real sleep in for both of us, seeing as how Adam is up at 6 am every day, and I’m usually up by 7, 7:30 ish….

We decided to head over to Bellingham area, and discovered the cutest little quaint historic town of Fairhaven. It was awesome – we walked around, they had a live band playing in the courtyard area, and then we stumbled upon Village books – it was heaven. It’s a three storey book store, with new, used, and sale books! I could have been in there forever, and I probably was. I picked up four used books for my trip to keep me company on the plane, and when I’m in little Italy with my Nonna for two weeks.. incase I get bored…lol.  They also had a gift shop area, with way too many adorable gifts, paper, souvenirs, kitchen gadgets etc etc. I cannot wait to go back already.

After perusing for about an hour or so, Adam was getting cranky  hungry. So we toured around the cafe’s looking for something to eat. The bookstore had an attached Cafe, but it was quite expensive, and a small menu. A salad was about 13/15$ (with no meat/protein) and a burger was about 15$. So we kept looking, until we stumbled upon Avenue Bread. It was perfect- they boast a gigantic menu with lots of options, a half salad was 5.95, and you could add a chicken breast for 2$. The half salad was large! I probably wouldn’t have been able to finish the full and the chicken breast, and Adam ordered the Twin Sisters wrap, for 7.50$ with a coffee. They have a few locations in the Bellingham area, and one by Trader Joes! 😉

{Adam polished off my bread too}

We stumbled upon another bookstore I could see that was across the street, and this one was Massive! It was two levels, but the books were all used – and there was a million of them. The bookstore was like the ones you see in movies, you literally get lost in it. The books are all over the place, on the ground, in stacks, in every nook and cranny of the shelves. You could search for hours and hours. They also have a huge patio out back that over looks the ocean, and there is a picnic table you can sit at while you read. Adam found a book for 3$ and we went on our way.

After, Adam had wanted to go back to a little sweets shop we passed to get a milkshake, called Papa’s Sweets.

He got Chocolate Strawberry. I like to pretend that Gelato is better than ice cream, so I opted for the Gelato down the street. I also like to pretend that it isn’t dairy, but It doesn’t help. I felt a little sick on the way home (in our hour and a half border wait) but it was so, so good at the time. It’ll prepare my stomach for the gross amount of Gelato I’ll be eating in Italy this month – I better bring some Lactaid with me 😉

{I got an Affogato with Black Cocoa and Salted Caramel Gelato, two shots of espresso on top….amazing}

Before leaving, we drove down to the bay and sat by the water for a bit – it was another great weekend. It was the last full weekend until I leave – Take off is NEXT SUNDAY! …..

Oh – and then we hit up the Fred Meyer before the border – and all I can say is omg…that store is crazy. It’s like a costco, superstore and walmart in one . We’ll definitely be back once we move into our new house..and get Nexus. Seeing as how we will be living SO close to the border.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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  • Reply Britta July 16, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Sooo I am pretty sure you guys are the cutest couple, EVER. Looks like you guys had an amazing weekend in the States! I MISS being able to go across the border whenever I feel like it! I was living in Tsawwassen last summer, so I got my fair share of US weekend visits 🙂 Hope you have many more this summer!

    • Reply Alicia July 16, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      Thanks 🙂 Haha too funny – I lived in Tsawwassen for 17 years! Grew up there.. just moved out a couple years ago =) I go back all the time, and it is definitely great to have the states right there for Gas!

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