Greetings, my lovely blog readers. Neal and I are finally back to the world of where wireless internet reigns, and I thought that I would give a quick summer vacation update. (I feel like I have reverted back to the 3rd grade, making a report on my summer vacation to my class in September. Alas…)
Once Neal and I were reunited at Sea-Tac on Friday, July 1st, we headed out of town to Port Angeles to spend time at my parents house. The weather was beautiful and it was so quiet. After the previous 48 hours, we just needed to time to decompress and breathe again.
Neal & I at the PA House
From Port Angeles, we drove along Hwy 101 towards Neah Bay to meet my parents to go fishing. Along the way, we stopped at the beautiful Lake Crescent for lunch and time in the sun. We made few stops, including at the lodge where we snapped a few photos on the dock with the lake behind us. Neal had the idea to carefully balance his camera on the railing for the dock, which I wasn’t too keen on but in the end we had a great shot.
Lake Crescent, WA
After our pit stop, we landed in Neah Bay, Washington in the early afternoon… just enough time to take the boat out on the water for a test spin. The weather was lovely, and it was great being on the open water. Later that day, a fishing friend of my parents came by to tell us all the secrets of catching King Salmon in the Straight of Juan de Fuca. I took copious amounts of notes, but as he began to create fishing lures of bright pinks and flashy metalics, I quickly asked, “Is this like arts and crafts for men?” My dad laughed while my mom couldn’t agree more.
The next day began WAY too early at 5 am, causing me to grumble as we set out on to the open water. I have the capacity to be a morning person, but only with alot of caffeine fuel. From our test run the day before, Neal was helping my Dad set up fishing poles and downriggers as if he was a seasoned fisher-person. (So stinking cute!) Pretty quickly,there was a fish on and I was able to catch it all!
Although the weather was clear, Neal and I both found ourselves a bit sick, but we powered through, allowing us to catch some awesome sights of the coast of Washington.
Cape Flattery, Washington (The Most Northwestern Point in the Continental US)
After the 4th of July celebrations, the next day Neal and I enjoyed drives through the Olympic Peninsula, with us ending staying at a cabin at Hobuck Beach. There, I was 100% determined to give Neal the experience of having smores from a campfire, something he has never done before. Well, this bonafide city girl had to pull out Girl Scout lessons from years (and years) ago, to figure out how to build a fire. From kindling to compressed logs (yes, I cheated), I used every trick in the book to battle against damp wood and wind. Almost 1 hour later, I am proud to say… we had a fire.
The fire I built
The next day, we drove through the Olympic National Park stopping off at the Big Cedar tree and Kalaloch Beach, visiting with family who are camping for the week. My cousin Katie snapped this picture of us, which sums up perfectly our vacation together so far.
Having a laugh on the beach
Tomorrow, we head up to Seattle to spend time with friends in the city. Seeing some sights and enjoying good company… what more do you need?