Kate and I spent a wonderful four days sightseeing, shopping and eating around the San Juan Islands, Whidby Island and the Olympic Peninsula. It was a refresher, at least for me, being the first time I’ve gotten away for no reason whatsoever (as in, no writer’s conference or social/work obligation) with another adult that wasn’t a relation.
We shopped in all the lovely little tourist shops until my feet hurt and did a little sightseeing around the most amazing scenery imaginable, ate in some lovely little places I might not have ever thought to try, and for me it reset my brain. I came home calm, relaxed, and feeling great.
The weather was exactly as I like it, hovering in the mid 60s to low 70s, overcast except for in the evening when it would clear up and we’ve have the most spectacular sunsets.
The art galleries were my favorite, though. Local artists. Everything from glass to paint to sculpture to photography. And then there was Webster’s Woods in Port Angeles, a walk-through 5 acre outdoor sculpture garden set – some almost hidden – in a beautiful rain forest.
The second best thing was the Olympic Game Park – getting up close and personal with wildlife and farm animals. The Polish Silky was my favorite. I would have gladly taken him home!
And then there was the food. Breakfast at Frank’s in Oak Harbor where they put a little flag on your plate every time we were there. Waterfront Pizza in Port Townsend where we got a large pizza sized focaccia for around $6 – oops! – but it tasted amazing, and so did the garden salad filled to overflowing with fresh garden veggies. And then there was fish and chips overlooking the small boat harbor at Blue Water Bar & Grill.
I’d say I’m ready to get back to work, but as it turns out I’m heading back down to the same area with my kiddo to show her a few things I fell in love with, as well as visiting some relatives. One more week…then I’ll be ready to get back to work!
Thank you, Kate, for a spectacular few days of relaxation!