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Since most of our family and friends live quite a distance away, our new blog will share details of the next chapter
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Monday, August 29, 2011

Northwest Vacation

Andrew and I went on our babymoon. I know the term causes a lot of eyerolling, but it does describe our trip very well. We wanted to get away for one last vacation where it was just us enjoying each others company and exploring the NW. We did have to bring Bailey, who can be a huge baby, but he didn't had too many complications! We also learned that vacation has already taken on a new meaning- we were moving at a lot slower of a pace and couldn't walk around and do as many adventurous things as we'd normally take part in, but it was still extremely relaxing and so nice to spend time away, in each others company just taking it easy!

The first day we drove up to Olympic National Park and took in Washington's beautiful mountain scene. Made us think of Colorado and how great it would be to get back and backpack through the park- I wonder if Matilda will be up for that?! Afterwards we took a ferry over to Victoria, B.C. for a night. It was a gorgeous clean city right on the water. Unfortunately we could not walk around too much on Sunday, so instead hopped in a bike cab and learned all about the history and architecture of the city. We then zipped over to Butchart Gardens upon my grandfather's suggestion (and many others, but he was the most adamant that we go). The flowers were amazing, so vibrant. Then we headed over to another ferry depot and caught a ride over to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the most populated island in the San Juan archipelago (there are about 400 islands).

Unfortunately Monday was gray and raining all day. I know we should have been upset, being in this outdoor mecca stuck inside, but we didn't mind hanging around in our PJs, watching movies and grabbing two good meals in town. It was nice to just be with each other, taking it very easy! Tuesday and Wednesday were much nicer, allowing us to get out and explore. Tuesday we went for mini hikes at different lookout points around the island looking for Orca whales (we didn't see any). Andrew had to work in the afternoon, so I went on a whale watch and saw tons of seals and a humpback whale. Our last day there we rented a little Boston Whaler and got out and explored the harbor and the two surrounding islands. More encounters with seals and just quiet time on the water, which I love! We headed home Wednesday evening refreshed and revived!

We're now ready to face our last month and a half before becoming parents and look forward to vacations that include the 3 of us. We started our baby prep classes last night, which was a real eye opener. The countdown is ramping up!

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