Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jeckyl and Hyde Deli and Ale House

I was hungry for a wood fired pepperoni pizza, so I went to my go-to spot for a fix.

Tucked away in the corner of a commercial park in Bellingham you'll find a great little restaurant called the Jeckyl and Hyde Deli and Ale House.

Don't let the modest exterior fool you, there are good drinks and great eats just inside.

The name hints at a split personality -- deli by day, pub by night.

But day or night, there's beer and wine available. In addition to bottled beers, they have several craft beers on tap. My favourite is the Mac and Jacks Amber Ale on tap.

There are plenty of tables inside, and a few outside for those warm summer days.

In addition to wood fired pizza, the menu includes soup, salads, sandwiches, and custom made calzones. And that's not all. The BBQ is all stoked up for mouth watering pork and beef brisket. I've had the pulled pork sandwich topped with some of their homemade sauce, yum! If you have a hankering for a massive amount of good BBQ, check out the Aporkalypse sandwich with pork, bacon and Canadian bacon.

Jeckyl and Hyde Deli and Ale House
709 Orchard Place
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-715-9100

Open Monday-Friday 10:00-9:00, Saturdays 11:00-9:00
Catering also available.

Stop on by for some really good eats. -- Margy

Friday, June 19, 2015

Airplane Camping at Orcas Island Airport

Summer is almost here and pilots are always looking for interesting destinations to try out. When Wayne and I fly our Piper Arrow 997, we like to go places where we can set up a tent and spend the night sleeping under the wing of our airplane. One of our avourite airplane camping spots is in the San Juan Islands of the Pacific Northwest at Orcas Island Airport (KORS).

On our last trip, we landed on Runway 34 with a slight headwind. The runway is 2900 feet in length, plenty of room even for our cityfolk Piper Arrow.

There's a small terminal, but it's only open when a commercial commuter flight is scheduled. But if you go around to the front of the building there's a pilot's conference room that may be open. Inside you will find space for flight planning, free WiFi, and a restroom. 

If you're coming on a day trip, park at the southeast corner. This is closest location to the exit gate and trail towards the town of Eastsound.

If you want to camp, go the large grass tiedown area midfield on the east side. It's well maintained with clearly marked parking spots, some with hooks to attach your own ropes. There's a portable toilet next to the self-serve fuel building.

Overnight parking is just $6 including camping. And don't be surprised if the airport manager stops by to see how things are going. Check out the airport website. Since we were last there's a restroom, shower and BBQ available.

When we fly to Orcas, we like to walk the well marked trail to the village of Eastsound for dinner.

Last time we decided to try the Madrona Bar and Grill. It's right on the water with a quaint atmosphere and a fabulous view down the u-shaped sound to the south. Since we were spending the night, I could enjoy a Mac and Jacks with our leisurely meal on the deck.

We walked back to the airport for a quiet night of reading in the tent. All went well until the wind picked up in the early hours of morning, rattling the tent. We took the loose rain fly off, allowing us to sneak in a few more winks before packing up.

Rather than walking back to town for breakfast, we flew south to Port Townsend to eat at the Spruce Goose Cafe. It was a great outing for 997 in the skies over Puget Sound, and her owners alike.

Want to read more about flying destinations in the Pacific Northwest?  Check out Wayne's book Flying the Pacific Northwest. It's available in print and Kindle formats from Amazon.

It's also available from many other online book vendors. -- Margy