The Old Stone Bridge at Whirlpool Falls

During a quick trip to Bellingham last weekend, I suggested that my boyfriend and I make an impromptu visit to Whatcom Park. I’d recently read about the park and was keen to check out the waterfalls.

We weren’t dressed to spend any considerable amount of time outside as our trip across the border was for breakfast at Avenue Bread, and a quick zip around Trader Joe’s. But the sun was shining and I thought walking through the trees would be a nice excuse to get some fresh air.

But Holy Hanna it was cold. Can’t feel your face kind of cold. Of course we didn’t realise this until we had parked and started to make our way down the trail. Thankfully though, almost immediately we came across the first of 4 waterfalls in the park and a beautiful old mossy stone bridge.

Whirlpool Falls are popular with swimmers during the Summer months, where they apparently jump from the cliffs into the punchbowl pool below.

The moss covered bridge blends in perfectly with its surroundings. Built in 1939 of local Chuckanut sandstone, the arches were salvaged from a downtown building burned down in a fire.

While it would have been nice to venture further into the park, we were freezing and practically ran back towards the parking lot.

We both look forward to returning.. either during warmer weather or dressed for the weather.

– Marla

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We’re Marla and Stephanie, two friends separated by a 12 hour drive but not much else. We love to travel. We also love food.

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