We took a road trip from Portland to Bend to explore, brunch, climb some mountains, and finally explore Smith Rock State Park. We hiked Broken Top Crater to No Name Lake, be warned this road is definitely an adventure of it’s own. 4x4 vehicle is RECOMMENDED!
Even though we got a late start last Saturday morning we drove up North to take a ferry ride over to Friday Harbor. He has this saved note in his phone of date ideas hidden up his sleeve and this one was perfect for the great weather we had in the midst of all this rain and wind. Sorry to those who are without power tonight! After a ice-cream + french fry stop we drove through downtown Anacortes where we stopped at Boxes and Bears Puzzles and Games where we found none other than...
John Van freaking Deusen.
Who is this lovely human?
Please improve your life by taking three minutes to watch this video:
Now the lucky owner of the cool Puzzle and Games store we found, he is living a 'rual lifestyle' in Anacortes with his family. (Source) We each got a hug before heading out towards the ferry line, where we tried curing a hangover with more alcohol. (I'll let you decide if you agree with these studies...)
Pro Tip: Bring fun activities. I don't think we prepared for the 2 hour ferry ride, but at least we had a pretty nice nap.
You can't get more Pacific Northwest than taking a ferry boat in some classic cloudy weather.
Some things I would share is if you go to an oceanfront town of any sorts, don't expect it to be as thriving as it is in the summertime. We luckily had practice in this when we got stuck in the i-5 mudslide on our road trip last December when we stayed in Seaside, OR... and I think it can make for some out of the ordinary memories. We got to drink a beer on the benches right in the middle of town, have a bookstore all to ourselves, and experience some usual service at Blue Water Bar and Grill. (save yourself the $80 check and make your own meatballs from home.)
Now to my favorite part of the evening,
the ferry ride home.
I don't have any images of this part so you'll have to use your imagination.
We were smart enough to stop at Kings Market, and grabbed a sketch book and some easter eggs. We filled it up with my 4lbs tub of Jelly Bellies (thanks mom) and hid eggs for each other on opposite sides of the ferry. We wrapped it up with some doodling.