It’s hard to believe that we are back home after such an incredible week in Seattle. Thanks to our dear friend, Alida, we saw the city through the eyes of a resident, allowing us to truly decide whether or not this is the place we want to live in the future. Here is a recap of our trip. Warning: you will definitely want to journey to the Pacific Northwest after reading this post. Read about our first couple of days in my last post, including our amazing Thanksgiving meal.
It rained non-stop for the first couple of days, but we turned out to be the most lucky people alive the Friday after Thanksgiving. Let me explain. We woke up to beautiful, clear, sunny skies that day, which was perfect because that was the day we were driving to the coast to see the Pacific ocean for the first time. On the way to breakfast, we could finally see Mt. Rainier. It was gorgeous! We knew it was going to be a fabulous day. So we hopped in the rental car, got on a ferry, and made our way to La Push, Washington on the Quileute Reservation (otherwise known as the home of Jacob Black.)
While the drive was absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful, it was nothing compared to what we saw when we finally made it to the beach. Shock and awe. And that’s why we just had to spend the night when we saw that there are quaint hotel rooms right there on the beach in La Push. Here’s where our luck continues…We walked into the hotel office and asked if they had any rooms available. Yes, they had one. ONLY ONE. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity! So we paid for our room, called Alida from the front desk (there was no cell service, no room phone and no tv…it was bliss) and told her that we wouldn’t be back that night. We felt bad but we knew Alida would not only understand, but encourage our romantic spur-of-the-moment-ness. There was one gas station, which is where we bought 3 bottles of wine, a toothbrush and some contact solution, since we didn’t bring our bags with us on this “day trip.” Who needs anything else, right? Photos from La Push are below, but you have to understand that these pictures do it absolutely no justice. It’s just too beautiful for pictures.
As soon as we got out of the car the first time, Drew could not stop saying, “It’s like the GOONIES!!!”
We stayed in the Whale building and drank Washington wine called “Orca.” Awesome.
Drew successfully gave me a heart attack by climbing this monstrosity.
I knew that the beaches wouldn’t be composed of the same soft white sand that I’m used to on the Gulf Coast, but rocks? Crazy. So many of these rocks are straight up granite, which was surprising but also highly obvious since these are volcanic rocks. Duh. I love geology!
That night was one of the best nights of my married life, and I’ve had a lot of those this year. I’ve even called this the best year of my life…like, EVER. It’s that awesome.
P.S. We saw this sign on the side of the road between Forks and La Push. We got a good laugh out of it.
P.P.S. I have one more fantastic day in Seattle to share with you, so stay tuned!