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Surfing

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This was Tim and Emily’s Beach Day at Pacific Beach in WA and it was so much fun. We were really looking forward to going, but we couldn’t find anywhere to sleep on Saturday night (and we didn’t want to drive 3.5 hours each way in one day). But then Emily super generously offered a couple options, so we decided to do it. On Saturday we drove to Aberdeen/Hoquiam and spent the night in our tent in Emily’s dad’s backyard. And we spent the first day of August surfing for the (Nat’s and my) first time! It was a truly incredible experience. We woke up and drove to Emily’s brother-in-law’s surf shop in Seabrook, and he hooked us all up with wetsuits and boards (boogie for me, surf for Nat and Tim, and SUP for Emily), and then we drove out to the beach and got a quick lesson.

I remember I could think of nothing except the fact that it felt otherworldly out. It was so foggy and the light was surreal and the five of us just walked into the ocean. It was amazing! I loved being able to walk out and stand so far out, and I loved being in the ocean in a wetsuit. There were birds flying above me, and I’d look up and around at the ocean all around me, and I was just laughing and smiling. And then the rest of the day was just so awesome, we made food and hung out on the beach for hours (it was pretty cold and the sun didn’t come out until after we left), and Nat and Tim and Emily went out in the water again in the afternoon. An excellent beach day. I would love to do it again next summer.

Short Sand & Hug Point

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I took my July 4 holiday the Friday of that week and we went to the ocean, Chapman Beach and then lunch at Big Wave Cafe for the first time in so, so long and then tide-pooling at Short Sand and then we left the dogs in the car and took our new hammock chairs down to Hug Point to sit for a long time. These are the first pictures I took with my new camera, and I honestly couldn’t really tell a difference, but that was before I got the new lens.

Olympic Peninsula

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Memorial Day weekend was our 7-year wedding anniversary and we went to Port Angeles – our first “vacation” leaving the state since the start of the pandemic (!). The whole thing felt pretty precarious up until we left, so we didn’t do any new research in terms of things to see or trails to do with dogs. Most things that we did I had found out about for our last trip four years ago, like the Ranger Hole Trail on the way up, outside Brinnon. Our first night in town, we had our first meal inside in so long, at Downriggers. It was so good.

The next day we tried to do the Spruce Railroad Trail, but there were just as many people there as last time, so we took Kristin’s last-minute suggestion and went to Crescent Beach / Salt Creek Recreation Area, which was really cool. After that we got drinks at Angeles Brewing Supplies while we waited for our table at Next Door. That table ended up being right in the sun, and we sat there for two hours, so afterward we were completely spent and ended up falling asleep at the hotel really early. The next day we tried to go to La Push, but the reservation is still closed. There was some parking at Third Beach, but it was as full as ever so we skipped that and went to Ruby Beach, where we saw lots of starfish. Then we ate a really lovely meal at Creekside Restaurant, in a hotel. On the way back to town we went in to the National Park (paid $30) to try to go to the hot springs, but they were full. We drove up to Hurricane Ridge on our way out of town the next day and saw lots of deer.

So, all in all a pretty expected COVID vacation. These are the last pictures I took on my old camera! New camera pictures (and then new lens pictures) coming soon.