Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit. — Frank Borman

One of my favorite cities in Whatcom County is Lynden, a mere 18 minutes (13 miles) north of Ferndale, and is the second-largest city in Whatcom County.
Driving down Front Street into the city of Lynden you are greeted by tall lush verdant green trees in front of well cared for homes.

Verdant trees line Front Street in Lynden, WA _ Photo by Sandra Rees

Interesting and colorful blog. For myself once I begin a task that I have decided needed to be is to decide that I will work on it for 20 minutes or so and then take a 5-10 minute break. Doing so, gives me a feeling of accomplishment and the "carrot" of the intermittent breaks allows me to relax and reboot.

It has become a battle of wills, between those willing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and those who are not. According to USA.org, as of May 13th 38.5% have been fully vaccinated, while 50% of the State received only one dose.

These stats did not differentiate between people who received the single dose Johnson & Johnson and those who decided not to get the second shot from Moderna or Pfizer. (Also known as fudging results and not giving full information.)

Flowering tree, Ferndale, Washington ©Sandra Rees-Bowen

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”
Neltje Blanchan

It is Springtime. As I open the sliding glass door and step outside onto the worn patio deck, Bently, my mighty Chihuahua-mix darts ahead and hops onto the dense grass below.

A cool fresh breeze welcomes me. I inhale the intoxicating fragrance of pine, cedar, flowering plum trees, and growing grasses. To my right, I hear a calliope of twittering sounds coming from hundreds of small birds dining on tiny seeds, insects, and the occasional grub among the towering trees that partially surround my home.

Such are…


In Miss Reesy’s blog, you will read about the history of the various towns and cities in Western Washington. Miss Ressy gets bored easily, therefore she will be including her perspective as well as verifiable facts about the rich history and fascinating facts of the people and places in Washington.

Disclaimer: All stories will be from an Outlander’s perspective as Miss Reesy moved to Washington State many, many years ago and will never totally lose her out-of-state perspective of all things Northwest.

Birch Bay, Washington — Photo by Sandra Rees-Bowen

Series: It’s not so complicated…kinda.

Service Dogs and the Law

Service Dog/Photo by Ralph (Ravi) Kayden on Unsplash

Maggie, our eight-year-old Goldie-mix, is my best doggy friend. Her coat is golden, soft, and ever so silky, her large dark eyes full of mischief, and I dearly love her. Maggie will greet everyone with a wide doggy grin, wriggling with delight with hopes of receiving the pets and coos she feels she so richly deserves. However, if ignored, instead of walking away or sitting patiently to be noticed, she will throw herself on the floor, rolling back and forth, then extending her front leg to stroke her face and ears. In her unique way…

Sandra ReesBowen

Writer, journalist, blogger, photographer

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