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Weekend on the Water

One of my favorite memories as a younger person was when I drove to Montana (from Portland) by myself to hang out with my friend Rachel. She lived near Glacier National Park and it was very cool and empowering to go on a road trip all by myself (I think I was like 23 or so at the time). I drove for hours in my Buick LeSabre (classy) to Spokane, Washington, spent the night in a motel 6-type place and then the next day drove the rest of the way to see Rachel in Montana. It was a GREAT trip with lots of stories (some we will never share with anyone πŸ˜€ ) and it was just me on the road with good music and my Road Atlas (yes this was before GPS and smartphones).

(The above photo was me in Montana!)

Over the weekend I got to spend some quality time with my bff Rachel! A few months ago we made plans to have a girl’s weekend somewhere half-way in between Portland and Seattle. I’ve been looking forward to this for months! A weekend away to do girl stuff and recharge…sign me up!

We booked a really adorable guest house on AirBnB. Rachel found it and I highly recommend it!Β It was pretty remote–you are about 30 minutes from anything, like if you forget your chocolate (like we did), you to have drive 30 minutes to the nearest store. But despite not being near anything, it was the ideal location. It was right on the water on Harstine IslandΒ near Shelton, Washington.

You cross over a bridge and then you are on the Island (probably 30 minutes or so from Olympia?) and you are surrounded by trees and the water and quiet waterfront homes. We barely saw anybody out, maybe a few fishermen on the water, that was it.

There was one bedroom and then a loft bedroom.

There was comfy furniture for movie watching.

The bathroom was nice, but slightly weird. πŸ˜‰

The deck overlooking the trees and water were absolutely amazing! And the house had all these big, beautiful windows overlooking the trees and Sound.

There was a pool that Rachel and I were really excited to use but sadly, it was closed up for the season by the time we got there. Bummer!

Friday afternoon I left Portland and unfortunately I a) didn’t get to say goodbye to Logan because he was still napping when I left and b) hit rush hour Friday traffic trying to get out of Portland so it took longer than expected to arrive, but it was fairly nice and easy drive once I got out of Portland/Vancouver.

Rachel had already checked in and was doing some work remotely and just relaxing. When I arrived we cooked dinner (steaks and baked potatoes and lots of wine) and stayed up way too late gabbing and catching up.

I got the bedroom downstairs and the bed was glorious and so comfy! I might have slept at an angle, taking up the entire bed, because I could. πŸ˜‰ I slept so good. It was so quiet and peaceful and comfortable.

Saturday I got to sleep in!!!!!!!! Wooooo hooo! I slept in until almost 8am. The bed was so comfy and I didn’t want to get out of bed but Rachel made coffee and I could smell it so…yeah I got up. πŸ˜€ We had breakfast (eggs, toast, bacon, coffee, juice) and then we went kayaking!

I didn’t take any photos of us kayaking, which I’m bummed about, but I was worried about my phone so it was just better to leave it behind. Rachel went in on a kickstarter years ago with Oru Kayaks, which are kayaks that fold up into something compact and easy to transport. So it was pretty fascinating to watch her put together these kayaks that were essentially folded up into boxes. It’s a pretty ingenious idea!

So it took about 30 minutes to put the kayaks together and then we were in the water. I can see where the process of putting them together could be kind of a pain in the ass…Rachel admitted that it’s her least favorite part of it and has discouraged her from using them more often, but also admitted that when her and her husband used to go all the time, it was a lot quicker to put the kayaks together because they had more practice.

I can see this being a good alternative to people that don’t have an ideal way to transport or store, traditional kayaks.

Anyways, we got in the water right in front of where we were staying. The sky was perfectly blue, the sun was out, the air was cool but not cold. The kayaks worked great and we didn’t sink or tip over (even though they were a little wobbly) and we didn’t get wet at all. We kayaked around for about an hour. It was really fun and kind of the perfect way to spend the sunny morning. We saw some gray clouds off in the distance so we decided to turn around and head back. We literally missed the rain by like maybe 10 minutes!

The beach was rocky and had a little bit of sand. There were tons of oyster shells and barnacles, lots of seaweed.

We had lunch outside on the deck overlooking the water. We made big, crunchy salads. It was delicious. The water was calm and there was a light breeze mixed with some rain sprinkles.

Then we kind of spent the rest of the afternoon lounging on the couch watching chick flicks and watching the alternating sunshine and rainy stormy weather outside the windows. It was really chill and relaxing.

Dinner was baked chicken and baked potatoes. Then more chit chatting and hanging out. πŸ˜€ It was great!

It was such a good way to spend the weekend. It was definitely chill. I didn’t really work out. The kayaking was fun, and sort of active, but not really a workout. I could have maybe gone for a run, but I didn’t feel like it. It was just nice to relax and honestly do nothing for a change.

Sunday we had a leisurely morning. I made breakfast, we drank a ton of coffee. I walked down to the water because it looked like the tide was out and I wanted to explore a bit. The tide was WAY out! The below pictures was right where we were kayaking the day before!

A lot more seaweed that morning. It was a really quiet morning. The water was like a mirror and there wasn’t anyone else out on the water or beach but me. It was so nice.

I wish we could have spent a little more time relaxing Sunday morning before packing up. It was such a delightful little spot to spend time!

So we packed up and refolded the kayaks and hit the road. We decided to make this weekend an annual thing. We’re going to alternate who picks the spot each year. I have to say, I’m already super excited for next year’s weekend!!!!!

Glamping

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Over the weekend some of the cousins got together for a mini family reunion down on my aunt’s farm. It was sort of weird to do it without the entire family but I’m glad this generation is trying to keep the tradition going even though life is busy for everyone these days! Michael, Logan and I drove down Saturday mid-day. Some people were camping, some people were sleeping inside. Thankfully we got a bedroom! We are just not ready to attempt camping with a baby yet.

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So we got the best of both worlds–sort of camping without having to sleep outside!

Logan did great on the drive down…until we were 20 minutes away and then he started screaming. Yikes. We arrived as everyone was heading down to the river. I changed Logan and fed him and then he was good to go. The three of us sat outside with my cousin Kristin, who unfortunately broke her leg recently so she wasn’t swimming.

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We had intentions to go down to the river and never actually made it down there. Bummer. But we were busy with the baby anyways.

If you follow me on Instagram you can see the video of Logan seeing cows for the first time! They were a huge hit. πŸ™‚ It is so cool seeing things through Logan’s eyes. It’s like you get to experience things in a brand new way with the baby.

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We sat in the shade and enjoyed a nice, cold beer while we caught up on things. Then everyone got back from the river. No scavenger hunt this year, but there was a game of bocce ball:

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And then it was time to eat. Dinner was a potluck. Grilled cheeseburgers and a bunch of different kinds of salads and fruit. It was delicious!

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My cousin’s fiance made this amazing tortellini pasta salad that I want to make. It was so good I had two servings. Seriously worth the calories.

It was a very chill, low-key weekend. Different than the usually reunion that has 100+ people and tons of food and stuff to do. It was kinda nice just relaxing in the shade.

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Evening came and we gathered around the fire pit, another favorite tradition. Logan was in his crib and I checked on him every 10 minutes or so. Eventually he woke up and was really fussy (I think it was too hot) so I brought him down by the fire and the cool night air made him more comfortable. First campfire!

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I fed him and he finally fell asleep and I went back down to the fire for a little bit before heading to bed.

Sunday morning Logan woke us up bright and early (of course) and no one else was awake yet. Michael went for a run and Logan and I cuddled in bed.

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Michael got back from his run and said people were starting to wake up so I got up. I needed some coffee ASAP. I brought along this coffee to check out:

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It sounded really interesting to me. It was just ok. It was a little on the weird side and I’m not sure why–maybe because it was dairy free? I don’t know. BUT I wanted an iced coffee and this satisfied that craving! Breakfast:

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We hung out for a little bit then it was time to clean up, pack up, and head out. Maybe next year we can try real camping with the baby.