Our West Coast Journey, Part I

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Hey Guys! Checking in to say hi and share some fun adventures from our trip to the West Coast.  We are currently in Portland and heading on to San Francisco soon so I’ll update you on that later.  We started the trip last Thursday by flying from Boston to Seattle, then taking a shuttle bus and a ferry which landed us on San Juan Island in Washington.  The picture above is the massive Mt. Baker in the distance.

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We stayed in the cutest little harbor on the island called Roche Harbor.  It basically feels like you’re in some sort of fairytale land or movie set.  There are hundreds of multi-million dollar yachts docked in the harbor with cute little shops along the pier along and a fantastic restaurant that was able to keep us coming back for more after 3 meals there.  We spent 2 days here and I think it was the perfect amount of time.  We were able to relax and walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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The weather was a little chilly (anywhere from 55-65) but the sun was warm and it didn’t stopping us from eating our meals outside on the deck.  I didn’t take pictures of it but I enjoyed a delicious Lamb Burger for lunch one day and a beet salad and pizza for dinner.

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We took a nice walk on Friday morning through the woods and a local sculpture garden trail.  The trees and landscape were beautiful to look at.

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We had some fun with some of the sculptures like this mirror on an easel.

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The real reason for us to make the trip out here was to join in on the wedding celebrations for my beautiful cousin and her new husband.  The wedding was gorgeous, the weather was perfect, the setting was beautiful and every detail was perfectly thought out.  You can see a pic above of the beautiful reception space.  I feel lucky to have such a great family that I’m close with, I wish that we all lived closer to each other but its great to have events like this to bring everyone together.

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After heading back from San Juan island we spent the night on Bainbridge Island off of Seattle and then took the ferry in on Sunday morning to rent a car and spend some time walking around the city.  Of course we had to make a stop at Pike Place to check out the produce and fun fish throwing.  I’m always so annoyed that I can’t go shopping at these markets and buy stuff to go cook at home, its like torture.  I settled for a honeydew bubble tea 🙂

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After Seattle we drove down the coast to Cannon Beach Oregon where I got to show Tom the famous “Goonies” rocks.  The beach was beautiful and we spent a lot of time walking around the cute little town and hanging out on the beach.

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For dinner the first night I had a delicious seafood stew with salmon, haddock, shrimp, clams, and crab. It hit the spot after a lot of heavy meals leading up to it.

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We found a fantastic spot to eat on the water and I ordered up the famous Crab Louie salad I was seeing on all of the local menus.  The crab was really fresh and it was great to get some fresh vegetables.

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We ended up at a fantastic restaurant the second night called The Irish Table.  Its this cute little place that takes over the space of a coffee shop at night and serves up some delicious food.  We started off with some mussels in a curry white wine garlic broth (holy yum).  I could dip their homemade whole wheat soda bread in that stuff ALL DAY LONG!

For a main dish I ordered the fresh fish over arugula & fingerling potatoes.  I have to admit that the fish was a little under seasoned but the amazing mussels totally made up for it.

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We finished up the day by grabbing some beach towels and watching the sun set on the beach.  This has been a fantastic trip, I can’t wait to share our adventures in Portland & San Francisco when we get back.  Hope all is well with you guys!

Ta ta for now!

 

 

 

 

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