Last Thanksgiving, we had the pleasure of hosting Spencer’s parents, Kenny and Thelma, at our home in Washington. (Yes, last Thanksgiving. “Sara you are so late with posting.” I get it, people! At least I got around to it.) We gave them a crash course in life in the PNW during their short trip. In true fashion, it rained. Actually, it poured. This was the second time I’ve experienced a bad storm in Washington and of course we had guests! The first time happened when Cameron and Desiree visited. I guess we just have bad luck with weather and guests.
Right as they got off the plane, we drove them to see the Snoqualmie falls. In true PNW fashion, it was raining. I think we all enjoyed it, but we enjoyed eating and drinking at a brewery near the falls a little bit more. You can’t beat watching football and being dry!
We spent a day in Seattle and did the most touristy thing in town. The Space Needle. We’ve been waiting until we had guests to go because it’s pretty pricey and you really only need to go up one time. Although, I wouldn’t mind visiting again for dinner one day. The weather cleared up a bit while we were up there and the sun shined off the Seattle Skyline. I bet it’s spectacular when you can see the Olympics and Mt Rainier.
It seems like we take everyone who visits to the Point No Point Lighthouse. I love that on clear days you can see mountains and even Seattle. On rainy days, it’s so Pacific Northwest. It always seems to be cold, windy, and rainy there. Dreary and beautiful are want I want out of a lighthouse! On this trip, we spotted some dolphins in the water and collected rocks from the beach. (All of which are still in my car!)
The highlight of the trip was visiting the Hoh Rainforest. We stopped at Lake Crescent on our way and made some cute duck friends. Keep scrolling to see those pictures!! Then we hiked in the rainforest. It was definitely what you’d imagine. We were completely soaked by the end of it. The trail was basically a muddy river. With all that said, it was really beautiful. The hike followed next to a raging river. One where you can imagine a bear trying to catch salmon for dinner. On our way back, we had to drive through Forks and see the beaches in La Push. We ended up seeing a big beautiful bald eagle on our way out. We ended the day happy and completely soaked from head to toe.
This lake sort of looks like the shape of Texas… Right…?
To end this post, I have to include these pictures of my first attempt at cooking a Thanksgiving turkey. Thelma and I did a great job pulling off Thanksgiving dinner in a small apartment kitchen!