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!