Washington

On The Lake

I had the pleasure of a girl’s weekend with my bestie, Rachel! Last year we rented an Airbnb on the water in Shelton (very remote, very peaceful). This year we rented a place on Lake Steilacoom in Lakewood, Washington. It’s between Olympia and Tacoma. I’ve honestly never been–I’ve just seen signs off the freeway. 😉

The place we rented was the basement apartment of a house right on the lake.

I arrived a little before Rachel on Friday afternoon and after unpacking, I sat outside in the sun and read my book next to the lake. It was peaceful and quiet and beautiful.

When Rachel arrived we got some food at the nearby Trader Joe’s and then cooked dinner while catching up. We made goat cheese ravioli topped with Autumn Pumpkin Alfredo sauce–sounds a bit weird but it was tasty! Not too overpowering in either direction.

We drank wine, we talked late into the night, we ate the homemade popcorn the owners gave us and then went in the hot tub. It was a really nice, relaxing evening!

Saturday we both slept in (amazing!) had breakfast and lots of coffee:

And then I went for a run. The place we rented was right on the water and the neighborhood was very nice, but the streets were narrow and windy and not safe to run on. I asked the owner if there was any where I could go and she recommended Fort Steilacoom Park.

Apparently it’s a nice place for all kinds of activities and when I showed up there were tons of people doing stuff. There was some kind of event going on, then there was a soccer tournament and there was a huge dog park area, which looked cool.

There were a bunch of trails. I ran on the gravel/dirt trails a bit until I found the paved path:

It was a beautiful fall day, slightly crisp but not too cold. The sun was out, the leaves were turning. The paved path went around the lake and it was flat and clean and very nice. There were lots of other walkers, runners and bikers. It kind of reminded me of Greenlake in Seattle.

 

It was a nice run. I felt pretty good. I wasn’t in a rush, either, just enjoyed the scenery. Rachel was going to the store to get a few things and she said no rush, so I looked around a bit and found a cool old ruin:

I did a little more running and then headed back to the car. I did just under 3 miles and felt great!

I stretched and then drove back to the house (about a mile or so away), showered and then we kicked back with Pandora tunes and played board games a bit. Then Trader Joe’s honey goat cheese on crackers and some soup for lunch. We played a few rounds of Ticket to Ride.

Then chick flicks on Netflix! We decided to order takeout for dinner and picked up Italian food at Casa Mia. It was pretty close to where we were staying, so that was nice. Rachel got the mushroom risotto and I got spaghetti noodles with pesto and Caesar Salad. The portions were pretty big so we had lots of leftovers. It was a weekend full of carbs!

Then more hot tub time:

And bed. Sunday I hit the gym and then drove home to Portland. It was a fantastic weekend! I really needed the girl time and time to catch up with Rachel (and time to relax and do NOTHING) but I was feeling a little homesick. I missed my boys! I got home just in time for Logan to wake up from his nap!

It felt good to be home. 🙂

Seattle

This weekend we went up to Seattle to spend some time with family. Bella got to go on “Vacation” at her boyfriend’s house. 😀 You think she’s happy??

Traffic was pretty decent and Logan slept for most of the drive to Seattle, so we lucked out! We arrived at my parents house and unpacked, got settled in and then had dinner. My mom made fresh salmon and salad and (not pictured) her amazing mustard bread. It’s my favorite!

It was a pretty low-key night considering Logan and I are both getting over nasty colds. So we went to bed pretty early.

On Saturday we had breakfast and I went to the gym. It was an ok workout. I was glad I did it, even though I was still feeling a bit rundown. It perked me up a bit.

Oh, did I mention that my brother was there visiting from California?! He is LOVING Californian life and has found a a group to go cycling with (up big mountains, too) and has lost a bunch of weight.

After the gym, my dad went golfing (in the rain!) and my brother, mom, Michael and Logan and I went down to Edmonds to go to the Marina park. I remember going as a kid and liking it a lot. Edmonds has changed so much since I lived in Seattle. So many modern condos and buildings and tons of art studios.

The park had some nice toys for kids and there was also the marina there, so Logan was SUPER fascinated with the forklifts moving the boats to dry dock. And he got to see the ferry boats!

It’s so funny because I’ve forgotten what “beaches” in Washington are like: sandy and rocky. The beaches in Oregon are pretty nice, even if they are cold. 😉 Of course, nothing compares to Hawaii!

After spending a good hour and a half at the beach, we went back to the house for lunch:

And naps:

After Logan woke up we did a whirlwind tour of seeing friends and family! A friend came over to visit and then the three of us went to visit my Grandma and take her some groceries, flowers and art from Logan. 🙂

I love looking at my Grandma’s photos!

Logan was happy to show Grammy his cars:

We visited some more family after that and then home for dinner. Pork roast, salad and potatoes:

And a plum torte for dessert:

Sunday I went to the gym for a quickie workout, hung out with the family a bit more and then packed up the car.

We met some friends in Ballard for lunch at Ballard Pizza. We hadn’t seen our friends in so long, so it was nice to see them and the kids (who are all growing like weeds!) and catch up. Lunch was pretty good. The caesar salad was a bit bland.

But the pizza was good and the crust was excellent.

After lunch it was time for the very long, slow drive home. It was a great weekend seeing lots of people but today I am very, very tired!