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Washington – Part I

Hey y’all!  I’m a month late in posting this, but wanted to share some of the loveliness of our annual trip to Washington with you.  Apart from being a heavenly retreat into cool air, mountain views, quiet evenings, and indulgently simple life, Washington will always be special to me and J because he proposed there three years ago.  On that trip, we spent three days backpacking through the Olympic National Park, and at the highest point of our hike, he pulled out a ring and asked me to marry him.

Our Proposal Spot

Going to Washington is like falling in love all over again.  All of the busyness and hectic life stuff just falls away, and we have family, food, beautiful views, and simple, full moments.

We start the trip by flying to Seattle and crossing the Pudget Sound to Bainbridge on the ferry.  As soon as the ferry starts moving and the wind picks up, we reach for our jackets and look like wimps who just left 110 degree Texas weather and can’t handle this 60 degree stuff.  It’s wonderful.

On the Ferry

We stay at my mother- and step-father-in-law’s condo in Port Ludlow. Mimi, my mother-in-law, is the epitome of perfect hostess, with chocolates in little bowls in the guest room, a tea pot brewing and always everything in it’s place.  Mimi’s hostessing prowess, along with this view from the back porch (which is lined with comfy chairs and cozy blankets), makes staying in Port Ludlow the perfect rejuvenating escape.

View in Port Ludlow

This year, we stayed in Port Ludlow for one night and then all four of us – me, J, Mimi and Jay, my step-father-in-law – all drove around the Olympic Peninsula to the Quinault Rain Forest.  We stayed at the Lake Quinault lodge, which has this giant back lawn leading down to the lake.  The lawn is scattered with groupings of Adirondack chairs where you can sip on wine, a lovely gazebo, and a horseshoes pit.  At the lakeshore are lines of colorful canoes and sailboats and a little camp fire circle where you can sit and make smores at night.  Seriously, it’s like camp for grown-ups.   In a rain forest.  Google Image pictures of it.  You’ll fall in love.

Lake Quinault Lodge

We stayed at the Lodge for a couple of days, and the one thing I really, really wanted to do was get up early and go for a solo trail run.  I always say I want to do this when we’re on trips, but then the whole on-vacation-don’t-want-to-wake-up-early thing kicks in and it never happens.  Except for this time.  I got up, bundled up, and went for a two mile run, all by myself, on this beautiful trail.  In a rain forest. Definitely worth waking up early.

Trail Run in Quinault Rain Forest

That’s it for now.  Stayed tuned for Part II: The gorgeous pacific coast and a charming farmer’s market.

And P.S., we packed for this trip with only carry-on luggage.  Be impressed.

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