Sunday, July 6, 2014

No Place Like Home!

I'm back!  We returned from a FABULOUS vacation on the West Coast on Friday evening.  I have spent the time since then unpacking, doing laundry, mowing 2 week high grass and watering plants.  Oh yeah, we also had to spend 2 hours yesterday morning retreiving Kali from the Emergency Veterinary Clinic an hour away, where she underwent emergency life-saving surgery in the wee hours of the morning that we travelled home.  She is home and doing well now - doing a lot of sleeping and very little eating or moving around.  All of us are glad to be home.

JP and I both grew up on the West Coast - he in Oregon, and myself in Idaho and Washington.  We have been wanting to show the girls what the Pacific Ocean looks like, and we also have several dear families in the region that we wanted to catch up with.  So we booked an (almost) two week vacation to the West Coast, and we packed every day full of exciting things to see and do.  I am still trying to round up all of our pictures from various cameras and cell phones, so I will post about our trip in several sections.

Our new suitcases - all lined up and ready to roll!
We left Poplar Ridge early on a Sunday morning to head for the airport.  We had about an hour flight to Chicago, where we changed planes, and then a 4 1/2 hour flight to Portland Oregon, where we arrived at 3 in the afternoon.  We picked up our perky little rental Subaru, and headed North toward the Puget Sound. 

Waiting at the airport - we did this a lot!

We reached our destination of Poulsbo after dinner, and had a great time relaxing with our friends there.  The following day, we headed to the harbor in Poulsbo, puttered around the shops in town, ate lunch by the bay, took the kids to the playground, and went out for ice cream.

At this stop, we also:

- Spent the day at Fay Bainbridge Beach on Bainbridge Island.

- Took the ferry to Seattle for the day to ride the Monorail, visit the Space Needle, and shop at Pike Place Market.

Seattle from the ferry

- Hiked through the gorgeous Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island.

- Chatted, watched "Bones" or played Rook after the kids went to bed, ate ice cream, and (adults only) visited a local brewery.

On Friday, we piled our stuff back into the car and drove South to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. 

...To Be Continued...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

love these photos! we had such a blast with you all! xoxoxo