Last week I saw the most amazing sight.

I had gone to the mainland to see my grandson play in a baseball tournament. Hayden graduates from high school this year, and my chances to see him play ball are dwindling. So I headed North, with Ashley and my sister Mariya,  to the utmost edge of the U.S.A. (not counting Alaska) near Blaine. Washington.

We got as far as Bellingham before a stop at a coffee shop was needed. I was actually surprised we got out of Anacortes without stopping to see Ashley’s favorite barista, but that was a good thing, as she stopped in Fairhaven. Bellingham is made up with a bunch of little towns that kind of grew together. Fairhaven is the oldest, and the buildings are of the historic type. Reminded me a bit of Old Sacramento. I bought some licorice, while they got their coffee and some fab cheesecake… and took photos.

We neared Baine and started looking for Pipeline Road and the baseball fields. Driving country roads is always a treat.  “Stop the car!”  We had just passed 15 ponies lying on the ground. All of them lying on the ground. And they were all Palominos. It was something to see and we went back to take a photo. When I got out of the car and went to the edge of the road, a few stood up. By the time I jumped the ditch and got to the fence they were all looking my way… like dogs expecting a treat. I wished then I had some apples in my pocket rather than licorice. Those little ponies made me think of my friend Jaime, who raises miniature horses to be guide animals. They did their bit for a unique photo-op. I will never forget the sight of those horses.

We find the baseball tournament, and Friday Harbor wins one and loses one. I take a bunch of pics. The usual baseball pics… Hayden at bat… Hayden in the field… Hayden running the bases… that kind of stuff. Later, I notice one shot I took with my phone… I think it’s pretty cool. 

36 responses

  1. I love the horse pictures. I’m a little frightened of horses (an accident as a kid), but think they are gorgeous creatures.

    1. Well, they were pretty small… but there were a lot of them!

  2. That is an AWESOME action photo! Love it! Sounds like a great trip!

    1. Thanks Susie… you never know what ends up in the camera. That was an exciting pic.

  3. A perfect day. And a perfect story. I’d like to read the little horses’ versions… just to get their points of view.

    1. That’s a thought…

  4. I totally understand the need for coffee, and the importance of a good barista. I’m sure you have multiple options out your way. It is always a treat for me to come out there and try the little drive-through coffee huts and such. In our hot climate, we don’t have them.

    Your pictures are great, too, Ted.

    1. What… no drive-thru coffee for the Accidental Cootchie Mama? In the GPNW there are as many coffee shops as hot dog stands in Chicago. In Seattle… Bikini Baristas!

      Thanks, Andra.

  5. ~palominos totally rock the horse world in my opinion. you were lucky to see them all lying down as at least one of the herd is normally on watch for predators! fyi~ next time offer them your licorice as they LOVE it! yesterday my horses were eating salt and vinegar chips and trying to get at the frosty green bottles of Heinekin!!!! too funny. cheers! btw~ I love Fairhaven too and Old Bellingham….good eats, The Wild Buffalo and awesome treasure hunting to be done in the antique shops! Cool post!

    1. Thanks, I’ll go prepared next time. Mambo Italiano is great! I’ll check out the Wild Buffalo.

  6. Good story Ted, I love horses

    1. They were as blond as you Aggie.

  7. can the horses be used as pinch runners?

    1. Whoa… didn’t think of that…

  8. You seem to be in the midst of a happy family. How nice it feels to be included in so much good stuff through your writing. The animals. Your family. Your exuberance in what you are doing. The writing as well as getting interesting photos.

    Many thanks.

    1. I took that photo of the Knights of Pythias Hall for you, you know.

  9. Ted, this is sooooooooooooo cool, love the pics and he story………..Peace Jaz

  10. You were in my neighborhood! Isn’t Fairhaven Fish and Chips the best? 🙂 Sounds like a great time on the mainland!

    1. I haven’t tried that one. Is that what is served out of the bus? My daughter, Ashley took me to Mambo Italiano last time we were that way… loved that place. My grandson is going to Western in the Fall, so I may be up your way more often. It was a fun day.

  11. I didn’t know horses would do this. That is fascinating.

    1. I didn’t know they all would do it. Sometimes you see one laying down… these were all on the ground… flat.

  12. I love it! In the house I lived in with my parents the people behind us had horses. I used to sneak snacks to them through the fence. I miss those horses. There aren’t any near us where we live now, but we drive right by a bunch of miniature horses every time we go to my mom’s. The cutest darn things. I bet you’ll have apples ready next time you take that route.

    1. Yes, just in case they are there… we have a camel to feed on our island.

  13. Very cool. I love how green and lush everything is. It’s pretty brown out here in the desert…

    1. Tell me you are not living in that Airstream…

  14. Great photos, Ted! The miniature horses are beautiful. Gotta love them. BTW, did the catcher get the ball? Another reminder…where’s the arm? 🙂

  15. Thanks… No he didn’t. I mailed it.. guess it’s lost. No worries.

  16. I have enjoyed reading your site so I’ve nominated you for the Illuminating Blogger Award for illuminating, informative blog content. You can check out the details at my site … … Hope you’re having a great Memorial Day weekend!

    1. Thanks so much… modesty prevents me from accepting awards, but the thought is most appreciated, and I’m glad you are enjoying my pieces. I will definitely be posting some food pics on your blog, which I have been reading.

      1. Excellent … thanks so much 🙂

  17. I can’t believe you took that baseball pic with your phone! There’s alot of motion there! Very cool.

    1. Thanks… sometimes I am amazed at what it takes… an iphone.

  18. Love this story Ted….thanks for sharing….Sounds like a great road trip.!!!

    1. It was. What are you painting now?

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