Tom and I got married over Memorial Day weekend 28 (gulp!) years ago. My thinking then was that we could go away for a long anniversary trip together each and every year.
Pffffft! Obviously that was before we had four kids within five years!
For many, many, (many) years, we hardly ever got away alone together because we had four kidlets at home – and who would take four kids under the age of, oh, 18, for three full days?! But now those four kids are adults who are willing to come back and pet/slash/house-sit so Tom and I can get away for our anniversary.
And THIS is where we’ll be going:
This all started when our wonderful neighbor, Kim (Abby’s mom) reminded me that Alderbrook Resort, where she works (remotely - she doesn’t commute there every day!) has a Memorial Day special. We’ve been wanting to head over there for over a year now and what better opportunity than an anniversary get-away?
So on Saturday morning (oh, please, please, please, weather gods, shine on us!) we’ll get on a ferry*…
and head to “the Ports” – Port Ludlow…
The Dungeness Spit, home to -- yeah, those…
and Port Angeles, where we’ll stay in this hotel on the water.
On Sunday morning we’ll take a short trip to one of the most beautiful lakes in Washington, Lake Crescent.
And from there, we’ll head into Olympic National Forest to visit Hurricane Ridge, from where (on a clear day) you can see pretty all (or a whole lot of, anyway) the Olympic Mountains. We’ve lived in Washington for almost 20 years now, and I’ve never been to Hurricane Ridge!
And then we’ll head here, to Alderbrook Resort and Spa, which deserves a few photos (right from their website)!
(Yes, we have a waterfront room reserved for us!)
I am so looking forward to some kayaking (oh, pretty please, weather gods, with a cherry on top, please shine on us!), some hiking, and maybe even a spa treatment… or just a good book (suggestions?) and a long nap.
On Monday we’ll head back eastward, but hopefully we won’t be in too much of a hurry (unless Kim calls us to inform us that 50 cars are parked in front of our house… but that’s so “I’m in high school and my parents are gone for the weekend…!”), so maybe we’ll stop somewhere on the way back.
And hey, did we miss a “must-see”? If you’ve had some great experiences around the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula, do let us know!
*Photos in this post courtesy of Google images and websites indicated there… but photos in future posts regarding this trip will be courtesy of me!
**PS: Kat, can I borrow your Nikon?