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.
After living in Seattle for three years, I felt like I knew a little something about my adopted home state. This trip through Eastern Washington showed me that I need to get quite a few more treks under my belt before I can truly say that I’ve conquered this region.
Joel’s parents graciously offered to take us on a little welcome-back-to-America trip in their RV. Growing up in Washington, their family vacationed and camped throughout the state so they knew all the biggest, brightest, most badass places to stop on our excursion. We planned our overnight stops for Winthrop, Sun Lake and Leavenworth, but as the saying goes, it’s about the journey, not the destination. Along the way we pulled over for a nature walk in Newhalem, an overlook at Diablo Lake, touring the Grand Coulee Dam, another overlook at the expansive (and dry!) Dry Falls and a staggeringly colossal antique store in Cashmere.
A surprising highlight of our outing was when the AC broke in the RV. In 100 degree heat that wouldn’t sound like a highlight, however it forced us to freestyle a bit which is how we came across the quaint and tiny town of Waterville. I took probably a zillion shots in this picturesque town, a selection of which I’ll be posting soon.
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!
Pacific Northwest!!! There is nothing more perfect on this Earth than a PNW summer. I am so happy that Joel and I got the spend the whole month of July exploring all the little towns around Skagit Valley. Our first excursion was to head up to Port Townsend in Joel’s parent’s RV and stay at Fort Worden for two nights. I’m not a fan of camping, but after this trip I discovered that I am all for RV living. Joel’s parents Tim and Kirsten drove while Joel and I lounged on the bed with Blanche checking out the scenery.
From there house on Camano Island, we drove over Deception Pass to Whidbey Island and ferried over to Port Townsend. It’s a short two hour trip with sweeping Salish Sea views the whole way. We walked around Fort Casey while we waited for the ferry from Whidbey to Port Townsend and I took the opportunity to get some family shots.
We did a little exploring of Port Townsend, of course visiting the Indonesian furniture store, then headed out to Fort Worden to set up our campsite.
Not having previously seen An Officer and a Gentleman (which was filmed at Fort Worden), I wasn’t sure what to expect. The grounds at Fort Worden are vast and beautifully manicured. Joel grew up coming here for family reunions and camping weekends with his folks, but there was still so much more history to learn about the grounds. It was so beautiful I almost regretted planning our city wedding.
Our morning walk options were endless with trails, beaches and forts. On day we took the high road through the fort overlooking the beach, the next day was the low road to the north beach. Blanche and Henry (the dogs) enjoyed each and every path as long as they could follow the family closely.
Joel and I explored the fort area during the afternoon. I’m sure he would have preferred to take me down there at night to scare the shit out of me, but I know him too well and I’m not falling for that. It was spooky enough during the daytime!
My first foray into RVing won me over. As I mentioned I’ve been an anti-camper for many, many years and I’d been told time and time again that I was just camping incorrectly. Now I realize that everyone was right all along- I was camping without an RV which is just wrong in my opinion. A big thank you to my in-laws (because I know they read this!) for showing me the light and taking Joel and I on this awesome vacation. I can’t wait to do it again next summer!