Totem Poles and Contemplation - U.S. 360 Day 69 from Anacortes WA to Blaine WA

May 22, 2015


My cycling journey around the American perimeter

52 miles – Total so far: 3612 miles


This morning picked up right where yesterday left off: peaceful roads, a spectrum of green, pine trees, hills, ocean views, islands, and more. As has been customary lately, my camera cannot stop taking pictures. Today’s 52-mile ride was relatively easy, and when I wasn’t taking in the beautiful scenery, I was beginning to more fully reflect my current status, namely that I am about to successfully complete a significant milestone on my journey around the American perimeter: from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Coast. More on that goal tomorrow!


I progressed through the quaint towns of Edison, Bow, Bellingham (not so quaint), and Birch City, with Blaine WA being my final U.S. destination before crossing the Canadian border tomorrow. Of special note today was the Lummi Indian Reservation I passed through earlier in the day. The Lummi, or Lhaq’temish which translates to “people of the sea”, have been inhabiting this area and the San Juan Islands for over 12,000 years.  As I was pedaling through the reservation I witnessed a commanding and ornate Native American totem pole crafted by this small northwest coastal tribe.  Not surprisingly, a salmon was carved prominently in the totem pole, representing I’m sure the important linkage between these great people and the prevalent fish.


Today I learned that, in the midst of my journey, there is time to contemplate, but there is also time to simply absorb the power of nature and the fascinating cultures that have called this place home for thousands of years .


It’s All Good.


Photo of the Day: Surly Pearl and a beautiful overlook with the San Juan Isles in the background, near Bellingham WA.



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