weekend trip

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!!!!!

Meeting the Greats!

Road trip!

Over the weekend we took Logan up to Seattle. I had planned on taking him up there to meet my grandmas a few months ago but I honestly wasn’t ready for the undertaking. It seemed like an overwhelming feat to go up to Seattle with a teeny baby. I don’t know why, but now I was ready.

I was a little worried about all the crap we’d have to pack for the trip–just for Logan! The pack n’ play folds up pretty well. But we’d have to bring a lot of clothes and diapers (you never know what the day will hold–his record is 6 outfit changes in one day).

Anyhoo! The day started early. Michael went for a long run and then I went to the gym for a quick weights and elliptical workout before we hit the road:

IMG_2642

Logan did GREAT on the drive up to Seattle. He pretty much slept the entire time until we got to Boeing Field, then he woke up and started making noises, getting a little fussy, but not too bad. We got to my parent’s house and unloaded the car and then went to visit my grandma Helen.

IMG_6623

She was SO happy to finally meet the babe! It was so wonderful seeing her face light up at the baby. It was pure joy. It made me happy and brought some tears to my eyes, honestly. I was really happy that Logan could meet Great Grammy Helen!

IMG_6628

He did really great and was in good spirits–probably because he had a three hour nap in the car! We spent about an hour and a half at her place. He got to show off all his skills to his great Grammy and we got to take some photos and get all four generations in one photo, too.

IMG_6646

IMG_6661

IMG_6671

Then it was time for her dinner and time to get going. It was such a lovely visit and I’m really happy we got to spend so much time together and she got to meet Logan. My grandma is going to be 95 this year! She’s doing great, too.

We went home and my mom fixed us all dinner. Salmon, broccoli and her delicious mustard bread (it’s seriously like crack–I can eat way too much of that bread).

FullSizeRender-1

Dessert was fresh berries–strawberries and blackberries with whipped cream on top.

IMG_2656

Logan did so great. We were definitely out of our element, the schedule was all willy-nilly, but he rolled with it and was a rockstar pretty much all weekend. He slept pretty well, too, despite being in a new place. It’s awesome to see that he can be so flexible.

I’m sure part of it was that he was getting so much attention! He’s definitely spoiled. πŸ™‚

IMG_2658

Sunday morning Logan woke us up bright and early, per usual, and I went to get coffee (not Starbucks–I think I’m the only Seattlelite who does not like it) and my mom made us buttermilk pancakes for breakfast. She used the recipe and Bob’s Red Mill mix that she used for my baby shower and they turn out perfectly!

IMG_2662

I had two small pancakes, a fried eggs and some bacon. It was perfect.

We had some time to kill before we were going to go visit my other grandma, Mary (my dad’s mom) so we drove to Roosevelt and went to the Maple Leaf park to do some walking.

IMG_6676

IMG_6683

I think it was about half a mile loop around the reservoir and we did two laps around it. My dad pushed the stroller (which was super adorable). He was way into it and talking to Logan and telling him about the bike he’s building for him and then popping wheelies in the stroller. Dads. LOL

IMG_2664

So after the walk we drove down by the zoo and visited with my Grandma Mary for a bit. She lives in a nursing home after having a lot of strokes over the years. It’s hard to visit, honestly, it makes me sad and it’s hard because she tries to communicate but usually can’t. But this visit was different! She was able to get a lot of words out and she was ECSTATIC to meet Logan! And it was my dad’s birthday on Sunday and she remembered. All good signs if you ask me!

After our visit we went to get lunch at Dick’s, of course.

FullSizeRender-2

IMG_2668

Love me some Dick’s. It’s second to In-n-Out but it’s still pretty awesome. We went to the Wallingford one, which is the original.

IMG_2667

Then it was time for us to hit the road.

IMG_2670

We did not get as lucky on the drive home. It ended up taking 4.5 hours. We stopped twice to tend to Logan. He was pretty ok for most of it but when we had an hour left of the trip he got REALLY grumpy and started crying. It was pouring rain, too, so visibility wasn’t great. We stopped at a rest stop and fed him and changed him again and gave him a little play time and attention, hoping that would help.

IMG_2677

Then he fell back asleep and slept the rest of the way home. So even though we had to stop twice to feed/change him and he was a little fussy here and there, it wasn’t too bad.

Bella had been staying overnight at the dog walker’s house with her boyfriend Raja. πŸ™‚ First stop in Portland was picking up Bells!

FullSizeRender-1

She’s so funny. She LOVES Amy and Raja. I’m glad she had a good weekend, too. It was good to be home, though, back to our routine, back with all the animals under one roof and back to normal. It was a great weekend and I am so glad we finally did it! And it makes me want to do some more weekend trips to show Logan our favorites places!