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PAWA Paints Whatcom Falls June 10, 2018

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Whatcom Falls Park

Silver Beach Road

Bellingham, WA 98229

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Please NOTE - There has been a date change from the original date. There is a big runners event on the ninth at that location, so our event will be on JUNE 10.

Whatcom Falls Park is a gorgeous city park very near the heart of Bellingham, WA. It has 3 1/2 miles of deeply wooded and grassy trails, a creek, tranquil pools connected to a couple of smaller waterfalls aside from the large one pictured. A WPA-built stone bridge greets visitors, just off of the parking area. It's a beautiful, mossy wonder that makes a great destination in and of itself, though further wandering in the park is a fantastic day outing. Along the trails, theres even an old rundown train trestle and theres a trout fish hatchery next to the parking area.

Facilitator: Karen Bakke email: karen@thebakkegallery.com cell (360)421-3178

Karen will be there from 7a.m. to 5p.m. She will be giving directions from her car between 7-8am. Coffee, hot tea and water will be available then. We have the large shelter rented next to the playground between 11-2pm for lunch and/or inclement weather. There is plenty of room in it, with a sink and electricity. Stay for lunch, show and tell, or in case its a rainy day and you want to stay dry and visit. You'll see it from the parking area to the right of the playground. Bathrooms are located to the left of the playground. Karen is paying for the shelter and coffee, so a small donation when you get there would be greatly appreciated!

Directions - From I-5, take exit 253 to Lakeway Drive. If you are coming from the south, you turn right at the end of the offramp, then turn left onto Lakeway Drive. Coming from the north, you just turn left from the offramp. Continue EAST on Lakeway Drive for just under 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Silver Beach Rd and follow it into the park. There is a sign that says "Whatcom Falls Park" and a stoplight at that turn.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/48.7449784,-122.4637599/Whatcom+Falls+Park,+1401+Electric+Ave,+Bellingham,+WA+98229/@48.7453304,-122.4570098,15z/data=!4m9!4m8!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x5485a4093f17f287:0xd999dd110f2cf2a0!2m2!1d-122.4269052!2d48.7504475!3e0

The park is open from 6am to 10pm. and parking is free. Please come early, as the parking lots fill up fast. There is another entrance at 1401 Electric Avenue, if the Silver Beach Road entrance is full. This is the upper playground area (across from the locally famous Lafeen's donuts). The shelter is at the lower playground area with a trail between the two.

Bring a sack lunch.

Dress according to the weather. Even though the trail is well-worn, it can still be easy to slip in places. Wear good walking shoes or hiking boots. Optional to bring a painting umbrella. There's plenty of shade, but you might need it if its wet or you find an ideal sunny spot. It does get pretty cool in the shade. Kids and dogs are welcome.

Park trail map - https://www.cob.org/documents/parks/parks-trails/trail-guide/whatcom_falls.pdf

Please try and carpool with other PAWA members anytime you can! You may post on our Facebook page to share transportation. If you find you can't attend after all, please cancel on Eventbrite so that the facilitator may have a proper head count, thanks!

All paint-outs are for Plein Air Washington members. It is easy to join PAWA online. Please have any friend do so if they would like to participate. Please ask the facilitator if a guest can come to a free event. Sometimes there may not be enough space for non-members. A spouse is always welcome. It is a good idea to print out this Eventbrite page to bring with you to be able to refer to this information.

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Bellingham, WA 98229

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