Washington

We’ve had such a good time the last few summers out in Washington, we decided to do it again this year. We rented a little cottage on Lake Sutherland again, and prayed hard for nice weather. We were in luck, and had sunshine most of the trip. I got to try out some stand up paddleboards, and kayaks, something that’s been on my list for a while. We went to the Dungeness Spit, Hoh rain forest, Merrymere Falls, Rialto Beach, Hurricane Ridge, and tide pools at Salt Creek recreation area.

On the way home, in the middle on nowhere interior BC, the world’s stupidest invention, run flat tires screwed us again (see our trip home from seattle last year here). After hobbling the car 20km to the nearest town at 11pm at night, we found a hotel. Following¬†lengthy¬†googling, we discovered nothing was open the following day (sunday). We ended up having to get the van towed the 250kms back to Lethbridge. Of course there were no rental car places open either, so my amazing brother whom I love from the bottom of my heart, drove the 2.5hrs to pick us up and drive us home. A trip home which included numerous pee stops on the side of the road, and one kids who crapped their pants. (hint: it wasn’t the baby). What do people do without family to help them out in a bind?

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^^The Dungeness Spit^^
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^^This boy loved the ocean^^

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^^The Storm King Ranger Station^^

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^^Tunnel under the road^^

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^^Hiking to Merrymere Falls^^

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^^One of the crazy trees we saw^^

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^^Some of these trees were there when Columbus landed!^^

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^^Even in a drought year it’s still so green^^

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^^He found his soccer medal in the car, and insisted on wearing it everywhere for 3 days^^

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^^Our whole crew^^

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^^I asked him if he wanted to put on his swimsuit. His response was “i’m not going to get wet.”^^

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^^He got really wet^^

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^^Grandpa kept Harper occupied by searching for little white polished pebbles on the beach^^

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^^Yep, really wet^^

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^^Wren won’t give kisses, but she leans her forehead really close so you can give her kisses^^

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^^We made the kids scramble over this crazy driftwood log covered berm to get to the haystack on the other side. It was tougher than it looks^^

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^^Hoh rain forest^^

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^^The kids loved the slugs^^

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^^Our home for the week^^

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^^Our view for the week^^

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^^Lounging^^

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^^Hunting for salamanders^^

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^^Dad got one for them^^

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^^I love the paddle board!^^

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^^This girl loves the water!^^

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^^The water was super clear, and you could see seaweed at the bottom, so Harper refused to swim, but loved to hang out in the paddleboat^^

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^^This kid…..^^

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^^Hurricane Ridge. It was pretty amazing, you felt like you were on top of the world^^

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^^Mount Olympus is the mountain with the glacier on the left^^

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^^It must have been a skii hill at some point, there were a couple old decommissioned chair lifts^^

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^^After 2 weeks, the kids were getting a little tired of hiking^^

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^^Comparing rocks^^

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^^Muscles^^

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^^Wren was super funny this trip because she started trying to mimic the older kids^^

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^^Playing at Salt Creek while Dad and Grandpa unsuccessfully tried to catch some steelhead^^

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^^Tiniest startfish^^

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^^Picture courtesy of Jack^^

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^^Jack entertained himself by poking the anemone and watching them retract^^

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^^Tiny Astronaut^^

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^^Salt creek was a decommissioned military base that they’ve since made into a recreation area^^

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^^A bunch of the old buildings are still standing and are super cool/creepy^^

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