You know how sometimes you visit a town and it just feels like… home? To me, that town will always be Blaine, Washington. Blaine's motto is "Where America Begins,” and for me it’s where my story begins. Although technically I’ve never lived there, I did spend lots of time there in my youth when both sets of grandparents lived 6 houses apart on the same street. I remember being blown away the first time I realized that my peers’ maternal and paternal grandparents weren’t long-time neighbors and didn’t celebrate the holidays together. I always wondered how that would work if you had to choose which grandparent you would spend holidays and birthdays with because we never had to choose – Blaine was our official “home for the holidays”. Even if you think you’ve never heard of Blaine, chances are that you have. Famous for the beautiful Peace Arch Park, Blaine has been featured in many films, books, and art pieces as well as being one of the biggest gateways in between the US and Canada. With the iconic Peace Arch that stands 67 feet high on the border between Blaine, WA and Douglas, British Columbia the park celebrates the longest undefended boundary in the world and the peace between the nations.See that across the water? That's Canada. Of course we had to take some Canada selfies. The City of Blaine is located right on the international border in between the Cascade Range and the Puget Sound. Just 35 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia and 110 miles north of Seattle, it’s an easy day trip or a stop on your journey to and from Canada. Right after the New Year we realized we had a very rare free weekend, so we quickly made plans to head up north to Blaine to meet up with my aunts, grandmother, and mom. While we were there we checked out the newest park, Marine Park Playground, had a great breakfast at Big Al's Diner, and walked around town. And, of course, we enjoyed some amazing sunsets over Drayton Harbor that took me right back to childhood.
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