Exactly one year ago today, I spent my last day living in Seattle. Continue reading “One Year Later, or the 11 Things I Miss Most About Living in Seattle”
Saying “yes” to Glamp with Girl Scouts of Western Washington may well be one of the smartest decisions I’ve ever made.
Last week, before attending a special event near Seattle (more on that later), I had an opportunity to spend a quick 24 hours in the city. It was the strangest sensation returning as a visitor to a place I used to call home.
It was the kind of weekend I dream about all year. Warm air, perfect blue skies, and a quick road trip to one of my favorite parts of Washington state? Yes, please!
Every year in July, the lavender fields on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula burst into full, round bushes of pale and potent purples. It’s lavender season, y’all, and that meant it was time for me to head out to the annual Sequim and Washington Lavender Festivals.
Sequim (pronounced skwim) is a small town about two and a half hours away from Seattle, accessible by a serene ferry ride followed by an hour’s drive along evergreen-lined roads with luminous views of the Olympic mountain range. After boarding an early ferry to beat the crowds, I was soon surrounded by gorgeous fields of lavender for perusing and picking and, of course, gift shops for purchasing all the lavender and lavender-themed merch I could possibly want. Bliss.
One of my favorite parts of the day was the time I spent at the beautiful and stately George Washington Inn and the Washington Lavender Farm just outside of Sequim. The site offers panoramic views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca between the United States and Canada. I strolled through a small field of u-pick lavender, learned how to cook with lavender, and sampled the most delicious blueberry lemon lavender scones. Bonus: savoring a single scoop of blueberry lavender ice cream that was simply divine.
Best. Day. Ever.
One of my goals this year–if I’m being honest, it’s my goal every year–is to spend a lot more time out. Out of the house, out of the office, outside–just out. Now that our incredibly cold and wet Pacific Northwest winter seems to be coming to a close (finally!), I figured that the present was as good a time as any to get started. Continue reading “Skagit Valley Tulips at Sunrise”
For this year’s Mother’s Day celebration, I decided to surprise my mom with an experience I knew she’d treasure. It was meant to be a surprise, of course, so all week, I teased and goaded her with the vaguest of hints until Friday night when I finally spilled the beans: I was taking her on an extended day trip to the Olympic Peninsula. Continue reading “A Lovely Afternoon at Lake Crescent Lodge”
A pair of boots on my feet, a pack on my back, and the intoxicating scent of nature in my nostrils: to me, that’s happiness in a nutshell. This weekend, my friend JP and I tackled one of North Bend, Washington’s most popular hiking trails: Little Si. Almost five miles out and back and rated at moderate effort by the Washington Trails Association, Little Si offered the perfect way to start the weekend, pouring rain and all. Continue reading “Taking a Deep Breath at Little Si”