Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Smell the Ocean Air


As many of you know, we took a little trip a few weeks ago to celebrate my brother's wedding in Washington.  Growing up, I lived in Washington for a few years as a sullen, bratty tween (and no mom, you may not comment).  We lived on the Pacific Coast in a little town called Ocean Shores.  I would fall asleep to the sounds of the ocean, we were that close.  On the weekends, my parents would drag me through the Olympic Rainforest searching for hidden waterfalls, hiking up Mt. Rainier to play in the snow in August, or take us on a ferry ride over to Seattle but never take me to a mall (gasp...the horror, I know!).  As much as I acted like I was "bored", I loved every minute of it.  

So as we planned our trip to the PNW, I was determined to "recreate" some of this fun for my family.  Unfortunately, October being one of the rainiest months, we had fewer options.  Can you believe certain parts of Mt. Rainier was "closed for the season"?  Didn't they know I was coming??  I love the rainforest, so a trip to the Olympic Peninsula was planned.

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No one in my family had every seen the Pacific, so we planned a wonderful day at the beach.  If you look at the top right hand corner of this map, you can see Port Townsend, where we spent the day.  (Do you see Ocean Shores at the bottom left corner??)  
 We took a ferry from a town north of Seattle across the Puget Sound.  Brody especially loved this!

 I think Bubba got a kick out if it too.
 Port Townsend has an old fort, Fort Walton, where we climbed through this HUGE bunker used in WWII.
 But mainly, we just explored the beaches.





It was a perfect day for it too - not a cloud in site.

As we took the ferry back home, I snapped this shot, my favorite from the trip.  My beloved Mt. Rainier with Seattle nestled in front.  It was the only day we could see it, so I took it in as much as I could.
It was a really incredible day to explore a new part of our country, breathe some fresh air, and spend quality time with the family.  In our hustle-bustle lives, we don't get much time for it anymore.


11 comments:

Kelli said...

That last picture is stunning! I'm sure you had a wonderful trip and I'm glad that you share some of it. I just love the ocean and I'm dying to see mountains like that.

Lindsay said...

What a great trip! I love that last picture!!! Beautiful :-)

Miller Racing Family said...

Sounds like a blast. Your photos are just amazing!

Rhonda said...

Wow, what great photos! Sounds like wonderful memories were made and new memories for your family!

Beautiful!

Connie W said...

What a fun trip!!

I love it up there!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

I didn't know you were from the PNW! :) Love all the photos, Becca, and so glad you had a nice visit!

jennykate77 said...

Wow, Becca!! That sounds like an amazing trip! Those pictures are gorgeous! I would love to visit the PNW...because of the breath-taking scenery, of course...and I would also have to make a side trip to Forks, Port Angeles, and First Beach (aka La Push). :)

Thanks for sharing the pics!

Kelly @ Blessed Mommy, Blessed Wife said...

What beautiful pictures, Becca!! The kids will love having these when they're older for sure. Such sweet memories :)

SeattleDarlings said...

Howdy stranger. Now here's one heck of a coincidence - I discovered your blog because I have a Google alert set up to tell me whenever someone mentions "Ocean Shores". You did, and that's how I got here. (I just have to know what's going on over there, even when I'm stuck here at work.)
We're the "Seattledarlings" and if you add .com after that in your browser, you can learn a little about us too.
Love the photos of your visit - you sure saw some of the best weather this year!
Cheers!

Vivienne said...

I love the PNW. I spent 10 years in Vancouver, WA... and let me tell you, as a native SoCal girl, I was STILL reluctant when it was time to come back home. I don't think there is a prettier region in the country.
(but I'm biased.)

Vivienne said...

I love the PNW. I spent 10 years in Vancouver, WA... and let me tell you, as a native SoCal girl, I was STILL reluctant when it was time to come back home. I don't think there is a prettier region in the country.
(but I'm biased.)

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