Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Blue Mountain Cafe

What a summer we are having in Western Washington!  Day after day of cloudless days with perfect temperatures - between 70 and 85 for highs.  The cool evenings allow us to sleep comfortably with windows open.  Although we have done many projects this summer, we have had time to get the motorcycle out for a ride quite often also.  Yesterday, we picked the Blue Mountain Cafe as our destination. 

 The entire ride from our house in Granite Falls to the Blue Mountain Cafe is about 60 miles, and every single mile is scenic.  Of course, all the roads are under construction - I think every bridge in the state is being replaced this summer.  But we managed to get through the bridge replacement project on Jim Creek on Jordan Road without too much delay.  On the way home, we slipped into Granite from Arlington on Burn Road, which is the only path through the maze without a one-lane section.
Highway 9 out of Arlington winds and twists past several lakes - this is Lake McMurray.  Big Lake and Clear Lake are next on the ride.  Then just before Sedro Woolley, we crossed the Skagit River.
Lots of debris piled up around the bridge supports shows how high the river has been recently.
On to Sedro Woolley
And another railroad park that we didn't visit.
Mt Baker peeking out from behind the closer ridge.
Hungry when we arrived at the Blue Mouninta Cafe, we were greeted by the smell of bread fresh from the oven.
Sparkling clean, inside and out - by far the best biker bar we have ever seen. We always choose to sit outside!

Fish and Chips and the "Awesome" sandwich.  Both delicious!

The grounds are beautiful,
and the view from the deck is amazing.
We had a really wonderful ride and a great lunch.