Friday, October 1, 2010

49th parallel outing

Today was all about Point Roberts, Washington, a locale we've neglected to take advantage of in the past. Our afternoon excursion took us to the southernmost tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and after two border checks with almost no delays, we arrived at this tiny community on an afternoon perfect for hanging out on the beach.

About an hour away, Point Roberts, a geopolitical oddity, is part of the United States while not physically connected. It's present political status is the result of a geography screw-up and the Oregon Treaty which extended the 49th parallel as the boundary between American and British territory, with neither government capitulating on this tiny tip of Tsawwassen Peninsula.  

Boundary Bay from Pt Poberts

With time on our hands, a beach walk at Light House Marine Park had it all - almost unlimited visibility of Boundary Bay (Mt Baker can be made out over the Bay on the horizon), easy hiking conditions, with a picnic of panini takeout from Brewster's Fine Food to put a cap on a perfect, almost impromptu outing. 


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