I think we may have found a new family tradition.
The weather didn’t exactly cooperate so we didn’t spend as much time out on the beach at La Push like we thought we would (including roasting marshmallows over bonfires at night on the beach which we were really looking forward to), but we had a great time just the same. There’s something about staying in a cabin by the ocean with lots of family that makes it the quintessential family vacation. Most times the days center around meals. You cook, eat, drink and clean and in a few hours you do it all over again for the next meal.
On our way over to the coast from Olympia, we stopped to get seafood at a place near Aberdeen. We had an empty cooler packed with ice and we were looking forward to getting crab and clams for dinner, and then halibut and scallops for ceviche another night, but we were told that there were no crabs that day. Kind of funny when the whole trip at one point seemed to center around this crab cookout. With some last minute brainstorming, Mark decided to make a seafood chowder. We ate it with corn and lots of pre-dinner appetizers like some smoked salmon that a family member caught and smoked just 3 days before, and some really good olives, brie, home-canned pickled beans and home-brewed beer.
There isn’t any cell signal or wifi out at the coast. And you know what? I didn’t miss it. Sure, we’d all whip out our phones the minute we drove through town (Forks – you know, twilight and vampires and stuff), but the rest of the time we played board games and talked.
A huge storm passed our way our last night in La Push. It was windy and cold and raining sideways. We probably spent all of about 2 hours total on the beach the whole time we were there. We didn’t see any sunsets, we didn’t have a cookout and we didn’t roast marshmallows over bonfires, but it was probably the most memorable part of our entire vacation. Within the first 30 minutes of being settled in our cabin, we all simultaneously agreed that this should be a new family tradition.
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One of the great things about our annual Pacific Northwest trips are the mini trips that we often plan within our vacations. Since we come out here every year to visit and stay with family, we like to revisit places that we haven’t been to in 20 years and we get to share some of these places with our girls. This year we decided to drive to the Washington coast. A road trip! Driving our cousin’s big van with family, the trunk filled with suitcases and food, we set out for a 5 day adventure.
Ruby Beach was our first stop on our way to our final destination. We ate brie and pear sandwiches and explored the beach while we had a break from the misty rain. It would be our only dry day on the coast. More photos to come…
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A little break from the city at a cousin’s house. With horses. And miniature horses. And perhaps the first dog to win Miss C’s affection.
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At Golden Gardens. Hope you’re having a great weekend.
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Walked around Ballard yesterday on a warm, sunny day, drinking coffee and eating Mexican food at Senor Moose. Pretty much the agenda every day so far, a different neighborhood a day. We sure are on a vacation diet, indulging in things we don’t normally get at home.
“Oh look, more coffee…do we need to drink more coffee? YES. YES we do.”
“A fruit croissant! And cake! We haven’t had cake in ages. Let’s throw in that key lime pie. Oh, and a strawberry cream puff!”
Yup, vacation food.
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Have you ever noticed when on vacation that the first few days feel like you’ve been away from home for an eternity? Then somewhere after the midway point, time speeds up and you feel like holding on to the last few days because it’s suddenly going too fast. We kept saying yesterday that we couldn’t believe we were on a plane just 24 hours before because we felt like we’ve been in Seattle already for a week. So far in the first 2 days we’ve eaten a lot of seafood, drank a lot of coffee, walked for miles and hugged a lot of family.
I guess there has been more humid than usual summer weather this year because we felt some moisture in the air that we normally don’t feel on the day we arrived. Still, we pulled on hoodies as soon the shady areas outnumbered the sunny spots on the sidewalks. Usually we come to Seattle with our days planned, but this year we’re just floating. As long as the girls can spend as much time with their aunt and grandma as possible, they are happy. Mia is making breakfast for us every morning and washing the dishes after every meal. Hmmm….wonder why she doesn’t do this at home.
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