Our route to Seattle didn’t quite go as planned. As our departure approached we realized 1. The National Parks were still closed 2. There was a massive snow storm in South Dakota and 3. (perhaps most significant) Our child is on the move and screams when he has to go in his car seat. BAM! Bought a plane ticket.
Tim made the drive from Chicago to Seattle in 3 days. He saw some boring stretches of our country and some epically beautiful stretches of our country. He said his heart beat fast as he came up over the pass in the Cascades and made the last leg down in to Seattle.
Since we had some time off before we started back to work we took some mini vacations. Our friends were gracious enough to let us use their condo in Wenatchee, Washington, a cool little town on the dry side of the Cascades that sits on the Columbia River and grows a whole lot of apples.
We stopped and did a 1.5 mile hike, and good news folks, Brooks loves to hike. How do I know? He sang the entire ride in the backpack and couldn’t get enough of playing in the dirt. We also stopped off in the touristy Bavarian town of Leavenworth for a picnic, ice cream, and a touristy photo op we just couldn’t resist.
We got to spend Halloween in Seattle with friends and an adorable little dinosaur that is really talented at the xylophone!
Finally, last but not least, we got to spend the weekend at a friend’s beach house outside of Ocean Shores, WA. This place is truly great and where we got engaged 4 1/2 years ago. Brooks loved digging in the sand and was so mad that we wouldn’t sit him down in the water. I think we will be getting him a sandbox next summer!
We were at the cabin with some amazing friends and Tim conveniently turned 30 while we were there! We celebrated with Manhattans and chocolate crepes… and sitting around by a fire while we watched an amazing wind store blow the Pacific Ocean to shore with aggression!
We ended our time off of work celebrating Tim with a nice dinner out in Ballard with Leah and Rick and dessert and drinks to follow.
Before my plethora of pictures, here is a link to a blog a friend wrote about us leaving Chicago. He is a talented writer and car person if you have time to read it… well, we think you should. It made us smile!