Since the amount of time I am allowed to walk until my foot completely heals is about 20 minutes per day, we rode this walk on our bikes. I am allowed to ride freely and have happily rediscovered the joy of riding my bike! Aaron and I have walked this 4 1/2 mile round trip walk at least two times before. It is a lovely walk with wide open views of Padilla Bay, the farm land around Bayview, Washington, and even Mount Baker.
We set out on the last Saturday in July to attend the Samish Island Arts and Craft Show. We took our bikes, thinking we could explore this island on bike after our time at the show. Truth to tell, we had never been on Samish Island and weren’t exactly sure how to get there. From Bellingham, we drove south on I-5 to the Bow-Edison exit and followed the signs west to Edison, an artsy town that deserves a stop. Once through Edison, we followed the small green signs to Samish Island and found the art show. We thought we could explore the island on our bikes after the show but found that the narrow roads had no shoulders for bikes so decided to drive the short way down to Bayview, Washington and ride on this car-free picturesque trail.
This trail has parking lots on both ends. We have always parked in the north parking lot, walked south 2 1/4 miles to the southern terminus, turned around and walked back. There are outhouses at both ends but no water. It was very hot the day we were there and I was glad we had wheels. Be sure to bring water!
This is a great walk fairly close to Bellingham. Add this to a day of museums, art galleries, farmers markets, and antique hunting in LaConnor or Edison (both near by) and you have a wonderful plan for any Saturday.