Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Long Weekend on the Hood Canal

After a very busy two weeks, Joel and I were very excited for a three day weekend mini-cation on the Hood Canal with Jackie and Chris Arnett. It wasn't long after we were all off work, that we were on our way. We caught the ferry in Edmonds to take us out to the peninsula and then drove down the coast to Lilliwaup where we had rented a beach cabin for the long weekend. We arrived in the dark and immediately were confused about which of the three houses we were staying in. So using our cell phones to light up the dark, we went from house to house, trying the key code and hoping it would eventually work. Lucky for us, it did, and we quickly made ourselves at home.

Joel was very excited to be on vacation and was eager to started making our snacks for the night.
Jackie and Joel make us delicious Pigs-in-a-blanket for a late night snack.
Joel wasn't very happy I photographed him watching The Golden Girls,
but to be fair we all were... this show is pretty funny, even today!
Joel and I - enjoying our first night in the cabin.
I tried to get a picture of Chris and Jackie - and this is what Chris did.
So after telling Chris to smile, and trying to take another picture - this is what Jackie did.
In the morning we spent some time exploring the beach that only a few steps from our deck. We saw so many starfish sunning themselves along the shore, they were everywhere! The beach was also full of oysters and clams. We wandered up and down the shores looking at the shells, watching for seals, and enjoying the warmth of the sunshine.

So many starfish!
Joel was not very impressed with oysters.
Our beautiful Cabin!
This starfish was my favorite - it was bright purple!
Just lounging around, enjoying the sunshine!
After lounging around for awhile and a quick lunch we decided to go into town and see if we could find some ice cream. I had also managed to not pack any socks and Jackie was in need of some lotion, so we decided to go on a little shopping trip.

This is the Lilliwaup Country Store and Hotel!
I guess open containers aren't really a problem here, since you can open your beer on the way out of the store!
It would also appear that the Country Store and Hotel is also the Fire Department station!
Welcome to Hoodsport - which is just down the road from Lilliwaup.
We decided we needed some coffee so we headed over to the Hoodsport Coffee Co. for a great cup of coffee.
While waiting for our coffee, I noticed this sign. Here is what it said:
Four young Sitka Blacktail bucks pulled from Stephen's Passage, Alaska on Tom Satre's 62' charter vessel. The four distressed bucks were in Stephen's Passage and swam directly toward the boat and began circling and looking the humans on board. With help, the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals came willingly onto the boat where they collapsed with cold and exhaustion. All four deer were transported to Taku Harbor and released.

How crazy is this story!
It was such a beautiful day to be out and about on the Hood Canal.
After having our fun in town, we headed back to the house and spent the rest of the day being lazy. It was bliss. Jackie read a book, the boys played on their tablets and I lounged around on the beach soaking up all the sunshine I possibly could. It was pure heaven on earth!

Jackie found a good book to read.
Apparently Joel and I have a hard time unplugging - cell phones, my kindle, and our tablet kept us entertained all weekend.
We even played old school Words with Friends - Ha!
I won this round, but Chris messed up the board before I get a picture!
 We spent the rest of the night eating, drinking, and watching movies. It was a lot of fun and some much needed relaxing. We didn't get out bed until late in the morning on Saturday and we spent the entire day relaxing and lounging around the house and the beach. I could really get used this slower lifestyle! Saturday night we decided to play dominos, I had forgotten how much this game was. We snacked on more snacks and I drank more wine. I swear I ate more this weekend than I have all week! I am really going to have to work hard this week at the gym to erase all the fun I had this weekend!
Joel can't believe he forgot to play his double and it was the opening Chris needed to take the win!
Jackie wasn't very happy with me after I played all my dominoes and took the win before she could even play one of her dominoes!
It was very sad for me to wake up on Sunday morning and pack up my bags. I wasn't ready to leave the cabin behind and return to the real world. I was just having too much fun relaxing, laughing and eating my fill of anything and everything I wanted. But we put on our happy faces, packed up bags and were on our way home by 10:00am. As we closed the door behind us, I spotted a seal on our floating dock. He must have heard we were leaving and came to say goodbye!

Come back soon!
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter Weekend!

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