My last post turned out to be a wee bit misleading. We actually visited Olympia along with a small city north of Seattle where the lovely Ayla lives. We had planned to spend a day in Seattle, but realized in short order that (1) neither I or my husband are city people and tend to prefer exploring rural areas, and (2) it was Memorial Day weekend, the weekend of a Yankees game, and the weekend of the Folklife Festival, meaning the city would be three times as packed as usual and parking would be twice as expensive. So we didn't end up in Seattle, except to fly out, but we had an absolute blast and didn't have to deal with the stress that city driving/walking/existing brings.
So with that, I've outlined our trip below by each day, along with pictures from that day. I know this might be too long for many of you so if you stick with it, rock on:
Tuesday, May 24: I ran around all day making sure we had everything, said goodbye to Cypress and dropped her off at daycare, and we left for Portland to catch a train to Boston. Of course, we stopped by Chipotle, my favorite fast food restaurant ever, and then grabbed the train. The trip was uneventful, thankfully, and we crashed in our hotel room and slept for a few hours before waking up at 4 a.m.
Wednesday, May 25: Longest travel day EVER, and that's saying a lot considering how much I travel. We were up at 4 a.m. to catch a plane. I was smart enough to bring my own granola, so I was able to mix it with yogurt for a lovely early-morning breakfast (if you are gluten-free, you know that travel is particularly obnoxious, so this was an epic win). We flew on Virgin America, which I highly recommend if you are flying to any of the .05 locations to and from which they fly within the US. Our plane had "mood" lighting and a TV service that also allowed you to order food and drinks and send messages to people in other seats. We flew to LAX (busiest, most obnoxious airport I've ever been in) and then on to Seattle.
We drove to the home of our friends, Gabe and Aimee. Rob had known Gabe while in the Army and I had become close with Aimee, though we don't talk all that much anymore except through Facebook. They weren't ready immediately so we stopped by a beautiful park in Olympia and walked around, admiring how tall and beautiful the trees and greenery were. We met up with Aimee and Gabe had a delicious dinner of Thai food with them and their beautiful son, Oscar. I'm sad that I didn't take any pictures of this because they are awesome people, but don't worry, I made up for it by taking pictures of other beautiful things later. we hung out at their home, had a few drinks and talked tattoos (both are avid collectors and Aimee is an artist). At around 10 pm we decided to make the 2.5 hour drive to Ayla's. By the time we got to her home we had been awake for 24 straight hours so we went straight to bed after saying a quick hello to her and her beautiful beast, Annie.
|Mood lighting, I guess?|
|Always remember to perform a breast exam prior to looking out your seat window.|
|Let's pretend I'm not totally lame.|
Thursday, May 26: We woke up surprisingly early and went out to a restaurant called Adrift, where we ate a delicious 2000-calorie breakfast that filled us up for the rest of the day. Ayla took us to Deception Pass, this huge canyon-like thing with beautiful views and a bridge over a pretty hefty drop. The scenery was just gorgeous. After that we came back to the house for some yummy goat cheese, fruit, and eggs, local chocolate milk, lots of 30 Rock episodes, and general vegging. We eventually decided to venture out again to a local park where, legit, we got stalked by a deer. The thing became very interested in Ayla's beast, Annie, and came within feet of us trying to investigate further. Then it FOLLOWED US DOWN THE ROAD. Finally we were able to scare it away, but it seriously was the weirdest experience with a deer that I've ever had.
Later that night we ate delicious vegan minestrone and corn quinoa noodles (thanks Ayla!) and took a walk by the water. We found a salamander that was half-dead from lack of water and Ayla insisted that Robbie save it, so he carried it for a few minutes until we found a puddle of fresh water. We may have made it worse, but we're not sure. Anyway, we returned to the house and spent the evening with a few drinks and lots of 30 Rock.
|WE ARE NOT RELATED|