Got back last week from a terrific vacation in the Seattle area. We spent a few days in Seattle, which is a nice city, very laid back, though that belies the fact that you can't walk a block without running into a Starbucks or some other coffee place. Very caffeinated. We then went to a spa at Snowqualmie, which was nice, though we've been to better. The highligts of the trips came later. We visited Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands off of Seattle. It was amazing. We stayed at Turtleback Farm Inn, near Eastsound. It was set overlooking acres of land which was home to a small herd of sheep, one of whom was very friendly, particularly if you had food!
The view from our room at Turtleback Farm Inn
We took hikes, walked around town, went to a Farmer's market, ate great food, and I even jumped off a bridge into a lake. Fun! (You'll have to take my word for it, Linda thought I was crazy and didn't take a picture.)
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We then went to Mount Rainier National Park, which was stunning. The weather was perfect, though summer came very late this year and there was still snow on the trails. But we took some amazing hikes past lakes, through the woods and past thousand year-old trees. We stayed at Paradise Inn, a lodge in the park, which was rustic but very comfortable and atmospheric. Also, we were totally out of touch. No wireless, internet, TV, or computers. At first we felt almost panicked, but after we got used to it, it was extremely liberating. You don't realize how constantly you are connected to work, Facebook, email, etc., until you are forced to disconnect. It was an enlightening experience. Here are some pix. The light was truly amazing!