We came across Waterville, WA in our search for cooler sleeping arrangements after the AC went out in the RV. The flawlessly vintage Waterville Hotel was just too adorable to pass up. It saved us from a sweaty 100 degree night in the RV and it also provided us with an interesting look into small town life.
On our trip through Eastern Washington we passed through dozens of small towns, some prosperous and others not so much. Joel majored in Urban Studies so he’s rightly fascinated by what makes one town flourish while others fail. I’m sure there’s a multitude of historical and geographical evidence that we could uncover to get to the bottom of why Waterville is so desolate. But we instead chose to simply enjoy the night we had there by strolling through downtown taking in the Mayberry-like wholesomeness. If you’re ever driving though Eastern Washington searching for a blast from the past, I highly recommend cruising through Waterville.
If my New Years resolution was to get severely ill, then I can say with resounding conviction “I DID IT!” All kidding aside, I had an amazing start to 2017 with my family in Washington. It wasn’t until this third week of January that things went downhill. I’ve spent most of the week glued to my bed with the exception of a couple of excursions to the doctor. But today I started to feel like I’m on the mend and got a little photo editing done. Please forgive my lack of comments, I don’t have it in me to be witty so I’ll let the photos speak for themselves.
Whoa the holidays went by fast! We spent an amazing three weeks in Washington with Joel’s family and also a little visit from my parents. It was exactly what I needed after a whirlwind year that included a month long wedding extravaganza and tons and tons of travel. We finished 2016 sitting by a fire watching watching an icy storm rage outside while we ate tortellini soup. Pretty much perfect in my opinion.
We’re just getting back to Indonesia and settling into daily life again. I’ll have pictures to share as soon as I can finish unpacking, doing laundry, prepping for work and mopping the kitchen floor. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!
Whether you’re driving over the bridge or speeding beneath it in a motor boat, Deception Pass offers amazing views. I had been here once many years ago, but it was just a very quick detour on the way back to Seattle from Orcas Island. I’m so glad I got to go back on this trip and funny enough, I got to go twice. On our RV trip to Port Townsend we went over the pass heading to the Coupeville ferry. We were on a tight schedule due to ferry reservations, so Joel and I just hopped out with Blanche and met his parents in the parking area on the other side of the bridge. With clear, picturesque weather, it was a great day to snap some quick pics from the top.
Our first stop turned out to be super handy because I picked up a brochure about a Deception Pass boat tour which we ended up doing with my parents when they arrived later in the month.
Visit number two was a leisurely one. We had about an hour to kill before we had to board the boat so we took time to explore not only the bridge, but the beaches inside the park. And my mom had plenty of time to do what she does best- pictures! Doesn’t she look happy down there?!
When we arrived there was a thick fog (known euphemistically in the Pacific Northwest as the ‘marine layer’) in the distance that amazingly cleared completely in the hour we spent at the beach before our boat tour. Thanks nature! The newly crystal clear skies gave way to a gorgeous view of Mount Baker from the boat.
The hour-long cruise offered plenty of wildlife. Joel worked on the Victoria Clipper for many years, so after hearing his tales of frequent whale sightings, I was hopeful we’d catch a glimpse of one of the three local and transient Orca pods that frequent the Salish Sea every summer. Unfortunately, the whales weren’t out and about, but we did see lots of birds and some really adorable seals doing their seal thing.
Both trips made me thankful to call the PNW my past and future home. Just after we left the US my in-laws took Joel’s sister and niece on a camping trip to Deception Pass Park. Seeing their photos when we were just getting back to Indonesia (and back to work!) gave me a little post-vacation blues, but in no time at all we’ll be back in Washington with years and years to enjoy this wonderful part of the world.
The first leg of our trip is complete. We spent a great week with my family in Raleigh, North Carolina. We went on a tour of Historic Oakwood Cemetery with my dad’s Rotary club. Joel loves history and anything spooky so it was right up his alley.
Other than cemeteries, we took some nice walks in downtown Raleigh and Pullen Park. I somehow managed to take almost no photos in Raleigh. We also went to the wedding of two of my best friends and I think I took under five photos. That’s my typically my photography style, but I guess I was feeling especially camera lazy. Despite the lack of photographic evidence, it was a great week. We got to Washington two days ago and I’ve already gotten back into the camera spirit. I saw a mini donkey farm this morning and let’s face it, there’s nothing more inspiring than mini animals. Washington pictures coming soon.
Oh yeah, and we’ve been reunited with BLANCHE! She’s excited to be back in daddy’s arms again.