As I mentioned on Friday, this weekend Neil and I headed out to Washington state to visit my brother, Billy. My sister Jackie also made the trip out from the East coast and while there was definitely a good amount of rain, we were still able to get out and explore for awhile.
There are a lot of pictures, so this post will be one of fewer words. Don’t worry, I have the other days this week for that. Here’s a recap of our weekend in Washington:
Friday we flew out of Chicago and got to Seattle around 11:30 am. From there we headed to Pike’s Place Market for lunch and exploration.
We sat down at the Pink Door for an Italian lunch and group photo.
Saw the first Starbucks (rebuilt after the first Starbucks burned down).
Did a dance because espresso.
Saw the gum wall.
The market had the most beautiful flowers I had ever seen. They were so cheap and I could have lived there forever amongst them.
Since I have eaten every chocolate chip cookie in Chicago, I had to start sampling the ones in Seattle.
We headed out to Gas Works park where I forced others to take my picture.
And where I was able to take pictures of awesomely abandoned structures.
We ended up missing the ferry back to the island where my brother lives by a few minutes and had to wait another hour for the next one. We headed inside the station and I immediately bought this apple cider/chai drink.
See ya later Seattle!
My brother lives in a place called Poulsbo, so we had to take the ferry back and drive a little ways back to the house. Once we dropped off our stuff we headed out for some delicious pho.
Saturday morning everyone woke up super early since we hadn’t adjusted to the time change, so we set out to the grocery store to stock up on food.
Did you know that GT’s has a line of alcoholic kombucha? They are all the classic flavors, but you have to be 21 to buy them. I’m calling them Black Label kombuchas. Don’t worry, I stuck to my trusty non-alcoholic Gingerade.
Their crabs were so much bigger than the blue crabs I grew up with in MD. We didn’t get any, but now I must return to see how delicious they are.
On our way home, we stopped by one of the many little coffee shops in the town. The ambiance and the view was incredible, but unfortunately we went out on a foggy and rainy day. Perfect for a nice warm chai though.
Just a casual snack of roasted garlic, Brie, and crackers.
For dinner, Neil and Billy grilled steak and salmon and we combined it with linguine with butter, rosemary, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and salt and pepper sauce. It was amazing.
Quick shot of the downtown of Poulsbo where you can get beads, books, and tattoos all in one spot.
Here’s a tree because I like them.
Sunday we headed out for breakfast at a local diner and I finally got another waffle (it’s been too long). On the way out, we stopped at Sluys, a local bakery, and we may have gone a little crazy. I needed (NEEDED) another chocolate chip cookie and that cream cheese frosting in the middle was out of control.
Later on, the sun came out so we decided to walk back downtown to see some of the shops that were closed when we were down there earlier for breakfast. That meant sharing some pumpkin pie ice cream with chocolate shavings.
Earlier in the weekend we decided we would make a mock-Thanksgiving dinner since we don’t usually end up together during the holidays. Billy made chicken, veggies, mashed potatoes (Jackie), sweet potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce.
It was an epic meal.
We are headed back today and a new week starts tomorrow. The short time we were in Washington was great and the next time we head out there I want to make sure to get some more time outdoors. If anyone knows a time when it doesn’t rain, let me know!
I hope you all had a great weekend and have an even better week! I will be detoxing from the exorbitant amount of sugar consumed this weekend.
- What’s the best thing you did this weekend?
- Have you ever been to Washington? What should we do next time?
- What’s your favorite holiday?