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Exploring Washington | Our Family Adventures

Every year I try to take a family vacation where we actually leave the islands for at least a week so I can have some off-call time from birth stories and time off work to just have an adventure with my family exploring a place that is different from Hawaii. Back in September of 2018 we went to Washington State for 10 days. Washington is so easy to love and we enjoy going back there a lot. We had been once in the dead of Winter back in 2016 and we were all excited to go back just a little before Fall and hike a lot and get to see that beautiful PNW beauty.

The first cold front of the Fall/Winter arrives the day we flew in. I’m glad I packed pants and sweatshirts for everybody, because it was colder than what we were expecting. Our daughter also caught something on the way there and had a 105F fever the whole flight out of nowhere. It was pretty nerve-racking and I forgot my kindle on the plane because I was so shaken. We still got to explore a lot once we got there. We laid low for a couple of days at my uncle and aunt’s house and then we set off to the coast to explore the Olympic National Park.

Hurricane Ridge and the skatepark at Port Angeles were the first stops on our list and then we headed to La Push where we rented a cabin for 2 nights and got to hike to Third Beach. It was gorgeous! On our way back we re-routed to Cape Flattery and hiked to the furthest northwest tip of the continental USA and it was really amazing to see that spot. We were running out of time to make the ferry back to Edmonds, so we stopped quickly to admire Lake Crescent and it made me wish we had more time to explore such a beautiful place.

Finally, we went back to the city and headed to Mount Baker then next day under a heavy cloud cover and lots of rain. The kids were troopers and we hiked the Fire and Ice trail instead of the summit because it was really cloudy and foggy. We also hiked along Nooksack River for about an hour on our way to Mount Baker.

We explored a lot more in the few days, but I’ll do a separate post for those because I have a trillion pictures and it would be way too much to put them all in one post.