The Beach

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Camping crew at the Beach!

Let’s start off by making one thing very clear; the West Coast and the East Coast are incredibly different. Of course this may be obvious to most (including myself) but it still doesn’t account for the fact that the first time I went to the East Coast beach, Hammonasset Beach, I was expecting a similar coast line. I may have been disappointed but I will never tell you to what degree.

I’ve grown up on the California coast, living there and then going every summer after tragically moving away from it. I remember the salt wind, the sometimes scary but mostly thrilling waves, the soft sand that gets everywhere, and the feeling that the ocean was alive and was meant for me. Let’s just say that the East Coast, specifically Hammonasset Beach, is a little lacking in those things.

Not to complain, I had a lovely time at the beach for our camping trip. But I felt like I was swimming in more of a salty lake than the ocean, I’m sure that is mainly because there are no waves but also because the beach is actually located in the Long Island Sound and not a direct link to the Atlantic. No waves, pebbly sand (our area was nicely sanded but some areas were rocky), and overly salty water. See, BIG difference. I still spent 90% of the day swimming in the water. Quite a bit away from the shoreline as the children were a tad out of control. The salty water made it so easy and relaxing to float around.

If the beach were closer you can bet I would be there a whole lot more often.

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Visiting Seattle

Holy cow, I just realized that it has been three weeks since I posted on my blog. That is such an internal let down since one of my goals was to post every week, I promise to do better! I have been meaning to post about our trip to Seattle for a while now but for some reason time has escaped me.

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Not the best picture, but the only picture of us in Seattle.

Now, it is known that Connecticut is just a minor pit stop in our life plan. We will be in Seattle eventually, hopefully a year or so at the most. Seattle has always been the ultimate goal and I was lucky enough to get to visit in March. I was in Seattle March 14th – 18th while Man was there until the 21st. He went for work and I went to tag along and explore one of my favorite cities and soon to be home town. We landed in the afternoon and met up with Man’s family, who had come in to town to see us. We were given a quick tour of Pike Place by my sister-in-law who lives in Seattle with her boyfriend. They showed us their tiny apartment where we pondered about how one day all of our furniture will have to fit into a whopping 700 square feet (I’m convinced we can do it). We then had a delicious family dinner at some place called Purple.

The next couple of days I had to explore on my own since Man had to work. I spent time with my sister-in-law and some family friends walking around the mall area. I really like how in Seattle (at least where we went) there isn’t just one central Mall. There are stores all over the place. You can stumble upon a Nordstrom with no other mall like stores around but then walk down the street and there is a Banana Republic. There also might be a hot dog place across the street and it absolutely works. It is refreshing from the typical suburban mall and It was great to see the city and be out with family. We had some lunch at the Dog In The Park, which isn’t in a park at all but rather the middle of a shopping area stuck in the side of a building encompassing probably around 100 square feet. These two nice boys made our hot dogs and they were so delicious. If they weren’t, I wouldn’t have taken a photo.

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I have a friend, Tawnee, who moved out to Seattle the same time that I moved to Connecticut. Her husband has a job at a restaurant called Bottle House in Madrona, about 15 minutes outside the city. There is a picture of us below with our deliciously filling charcuterie board. This place has the most delicious wines served in both a glass and a bottle. If you happen to be the only ones there they might even make you a custom flight.

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IMG_0693 After dinner we went to a few smaller, local, quieter, speak-easy type bars. They weren’t anything special but I took this photo and am showing it because it reminds me so much of my favorite bar in SLC, Bar X. There aren’t bars like this in Connecticut, at least not that I’ve found, so I had to make a small tribute to the small, dark, speak-easy bars that I love and miss.

The next few pictures are just me being a tourist and walking around Seattle by myself. Drinking in the city and picturing what my life will be like once we live there.

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This is the cutest bookshop I found in Pike Place. Who doesn’t love a good reading nook? Or to be surrounded by books?!

IMG_0714I took a ramble through the Seattle Public Library, it is definitely worth a peek if you have time. This is the view from the top floor down to the bottom. The library has the most amazing architecture and reminded me of the library in SLC, fancy shmancy. I will definitely have a library card, everyone should have a library card!

Tawnee and I took a ferry to Bainbridge Island. Below is the view from the ferry on our way out. It takes about 30-40 min to take the ferry across the bay but it is worth it. It felt so nice to be on the water, even if it was incredibly windy. The town of Bainbridge is one of those places where you can’t help but want to live and grow old. Especially with the city being a boat ride away! We didn’t get to spend too much time there, just a quick yummy lunch, but I will definitely go back.

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View from the ferry. Me and my friend are on our way to Bainbridge Island, aka the cutest town I could ever hope to live in!

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A windy ferry ride!

The first time I went to Seattle I did not know that the gum wall existed. This time however, I was prepared! It was disgustingly cool. So much ABC gum.

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The gum wall! Always worth a trip.

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Of course, while in Seattle one must check out The Pike Pub. I tried a flight of 6 of their beers (pictured below) all were delicious. Tawnee and I didn’t really eat there, just a quick snack and some beer. Oh, did I forget to mention that it was also St. Patricks day and Man’s brithday? The Pike Pub had an awesome Irish band that came to play.

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This is what the back entrance looks like. The front entrance is through the market.

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The bagpipes are one of the coolest instruments!

Overall, I had the very best time in Seattle. My only complaint was that I didn’t get to do any exploring with Man while I was there since he was working the whole weekend/week, also that I had to leave on the red eye Monday night or Tuesday morning depending how you look at it. I could have spent the whole week exploring on my own!

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