I often share about mountain adventures, hikes, and longer-day trips. But this time I want to share with you about a spot in our town that is beautiful, popular, and a perfect spot to run, play, bike, meet a friend, beach explore, workout, grab a coffee, or just sit in the sunshine and talk.
Boulevard Park has an incredible (new!) carved out beach space full of sand, rocks that are great for climbing, and a gentle decent into the water so the likelihood of getting splashed or knocked over is super low. The beach is central to the park, and easy to find. It’s my favorite spot to sit with a book while my kiddos are entertained. It’s also an ideal spot for rock collecting or constructing towers and buildings from all the wood, rocks, and sand.
My girlies love to play at the beach, but climbing on the rocks has become more and more interesting to them as they get older. The middle beach has great spots for that, but the other smaller beaches along the park trail ( tide depending!) all offer big climbing areas we love to take advantage of as well.
Taking the trail in either direction will lead you towards these other beaches, more spaces to explore, and, often, fewer people. We like to hit boulevard before 4pm and during the week because then it’s usually relatively empty, and we can find parking and a good spot to ourselves to play and imagine for a few hours.
As you follow the boardwalk and trail there are several (at least three) smaller naturally occurring beaches. We usually head to these at the beginning because they’re typically less crowded (no one usually!), especially before 4pm. Also, a smaller beach is easier with kiddos because you can know right where they are. The middle beach has amazing visibility but is much larger, so with tinier ones it can feel a little too open.
There is also a fun playground right up from the beach, and though it’s often crowded, it is really full of great opportunities for adventurous play for kiddos on the younger end. It’s really well designed, adorably beach themed (a giant pirate ship!), and has easy visibility for parents.
The trail that runs through boulevard is one small piece of the Interurban Trail, which makes it a perfect spot to start a long or short run. You can head towards downtown on the trail and run through downtown, along the waterfront, and enjoy the boat and marina views and sunshine (or, let’s be honest, sometimes the rain). Or, head south toward Fairhaven, and you’ll follow the trail into a gorgeous forest and can make your run ultra long if you want, ending up all the way out at Larrabee State Park. The trails are well maintained, incredibly beautiful, and this time of year (esp early Saturday AM) sprinkled with lots of solidarity from runners training for the Bellingham Bay Marathon.
After exploring all over, we nearly always end up on the rocks, or in the small field next to the park, where, right now, gorgeous rhododendrons are in full and amazing bloom. My girls could collect dropped flowers, climb, and live in their incredibly connected imaginary world there for hours!
There are a few picnic tables dotting the open areas, but I always bring a blanket for the grass. We come here often in the late spring and bring some school work with us so it’s nice to be able to set up wherever is open. It’s also a great way to power through some of the work we want to finish up, and pepper that with tag/ beach play/ playground/ snacks/ etc.
A big part of our family culture and adventuring is everyone being able to choose what they’re most comfortable in. My girls have very specific tastes… and so do I. Noele will always choose workout clothes, and the most appropriate shoes for each situation. Traction heavy running shoes here, willingly grabbing snow boots there. Ev on the other hand. . . leggings, this very specific jacket, and a shoe choice that is ever revolving and based solely on what she likes the look of best (those boots in this post? minimum three sizes too big).
I’m a solid mix of my daughters – I’ll embarrassingly admit that my day can be made or broken by an outfit I don’t feel comfortable or confident in. I wish I could roll with feeling uncomfortable more, but I care deeply about wearing something that actually works for the activity I’m doing, though I’ve also got a good bit of “want it to look good” that runs deep.
Prana let me pick out a couple of pieces for spring, and to say that these feel good would be a gross understatement. I’ve talked all about my love of Prana before, Fall and Spring, I wear their clothes so often and the durability and softness can’t be beat.
This Calypsa Top, is incredibly soft, thick, and made of hemp. It has a light, built in shelf bra, and the detailing is thickly stitched and so beautiful. It’s sustainably made, manufactured, and their care about the environment is nearly unparalleled in the apparel business.
My new Mantra Pants are similar to the Annexi Pants (that I have and LOVE). They run true to size (I wear a medium across the board here) but are a bit long for me (I’m 5’4″) but should be an easy hem. They’re soft, have four awesome (stretch inside!) pockets, and I think they’ll be my go-to with a swim top this whole summer. And for our touch-and-go spring, I’m loving them with a light jacket.
Huge thank you to Prana for the sweet spring wears, and for offering a 15% off code to my readers! Prana clothes are a worthy investment (I’m thinking of snagging a new pair of Kara jeans!). Not only are you investing in high quality clothes, but in a company that is dedicating a lot of that money to quality and best practices in an industry that can do a lot of harm. Slowly quitting fast fashion has been incredibly hard, but having beautiful long-lasting pieces like these has helped me to keep a smaller wardrobe of higher quality pieces that I feel really good about wearing.
To receive a discount use the code: S17TRAVELWS you’ll get 15% off till June 16th!
Let me know if you end up ordering anything fun, or if you make your way to Boulevard Park! I’d love to hear about all the fun and adventures!