Don and I are big on cooking dinners at home. Which is a little crazy when Portland is known for being a big foodie city. We thought it’d be fun to try to come up with three dinners next week that are budget friendly, healthy, and easy to make. Think HelloFresh or Plated, but built by yours truly.
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.
I hope everyone had a lovely new years! I got the pleasure of spending the night with two great people. I am really glad that we left the house party we were at to go to Gas Works Park. We scored with parking and got there at up the hill by 11:45, where people were lighting Chinese lanterns. I was too chilly to take many photos, but Stella captured this one!
I have to say, I have come to love the holidays more and more each year. Christmas was so laid back and it was so nice being able to relax at home. I got to spend it with my nieces and nephews, and that little Bengal angel of mine.
Lazzara is now two years old and is growing into her ears a lot more than this photo I found when we first got her.
She is quite the little chatter box still, which I am grateful for. Has anyone had any experiences with having multiple bengals in one household? Our other boy cat moved out after Lazzara turned one. He didn't seem to want to share the space so he left to a neighbors house and is now content where he's at.
Here is my first adventure of the year. We hit golden hour at a whopping 3:45 pm in Snohomish where we found some mud. It was chilly but we captured some really amazing shots!
Just before you reach Steven's Pass in the upcoming months, I recommend you stop in the town of Index. Drive slow, stop at the stop sign, and if you see someone outside their house, wave! I have a soft spot for this hike because it's not something you find on WTA or crawling with hipsters. It's a trek to get up the wall, but worth the view.
Thank you Will for taking some awesome photos of us :)
Baby it's cold outside... and I am loving every second of it! Last week I drove up with Mio and Dexter (The adorable miniature Australian Shepard mix with an Instagram) to Lake Diablo, only this time we actually found the lookout! (Stay tuned for a reflections post on our first time up there.) The sun had already set behind the mountains, making for some beautiful tones on the water.
The north cascades in all their grandeur.
Now for those of you who don't know me, don't know this little plum of mine either. Stella and I have grown up taking photos together, whether it's adventuring around in a golf cart in Kalama, WA or jumping in and out of the car for roadside attractions. These were taken on Mountain Loop Highway, where we found this freezing lake that we had to trekk through.
Now that snow has fallen in town I am expecting my instagram feed to turn white, and I have to say I am beyond ready for this holiday season. Be sure to follow me for updated adventures! @hellofrankenbery