Monday, August 14, 2017

What to do for a fun girls weekend in WA.

Oh Washington, You are truly one of a kind.

I had so much fun with my two girlfriends who visited me in at the beginning of July.
I really wanted them to experience everything Washington had to offer.
There are so many different types of things to do here. From the beautiful beaches to the city life, & amazing hiking trails. You really have it all as long as the weather permits you to do so.

This summer has been amazing.  Couldn't have asked for better weather.  I feel like when you hear about Washington, you hear a lot about how it rains all the time but what they don't tell you is how beautiful the summers are here. No humidity, hence the fact that no one around here has air conditioning... I was blown away when I first heard that.  Like how will we ever survive without a/c?... I know, first world problems but having no a/c kinda makes me feel like we are living a simplistic life. Granted, there has been one solid week over 80 degrees which we spent every day at the beach anyways but, normally it doesn't get over 75 degrees here.  Needless to say we've been saving on our bills the past two months. Score.

I always get so excited when someone says that they want to come visit. Even though I've only been here a measly six months.  I still get excited about exploring & showing people around. I guess that feeling will never go away since we will be relocating every 2-3 years. One of the many perks of being a military family.  Some people might not look at that as being a perk but I do.

When I found out they booked their flights I researched & found everything we could do within the time frame they were here, that wasn't outrageously expensive. I thought I would write about a few of the things we decided to do.

We live in Kitsap County so a ferry ride away from Seattle surrounded by water at the bottom of the olympic mountains. Thats the best way I could describe it. So I wanted them to experience the cute small town areas around me that I thought would perfect for a girls day because who doesn't love a cute small town?

First up, Poulsbo, WA. A small Viking town with lots of history & even better shopping. We decided to eat at a restaurant called The Loft right on the water. Amazing food with beautiful views of all the gorgeous boats & sailboats in the harbor along with incredible views all around.

We shopped at a few shops on the main road then headed to Point No Point Lighthouse in Hansville, WA. It was fun catching up with a beautiful view of mountains & the random seals popping up their heads to say hi.

Second day was another 75 degree day, we ended up heading up to Seattle to do the Ride The Ducks Tour.  On the way we stopped by the famous gum wall near pikes place, which is seriously so amazing but oddly disgusting at the same time. HAHA

|| Up close & personal for all you germaphobs out there, your welcome. ||

As far as the duck tour it was so simple to call & make the reservations to ride the ducks plus they had military discount which is always a bonus. I would highly recommend this tour of Seattle if your visiting for the first time. Getting to see all the million dollar house boats right on the water & the beautiful Seattle skyline did not disappoint.

Of course the original Starbucks was on our list, but we ended up having to go back to Pikes place the next day instead of after the duck tour because **note to self & to all who are planning a visit to Pikes Place** It closes at 6 pm. I guess I just thought since it is such a tourist attraction that when you think of Seattle, you think of Pikes Place. I at least thought it would be open until 9 pm but I was way off.  Maybe it is just me that feels this way. HAHA

Rachel's Ginger Beer was our next stop. If your looking for a refreshing drink, I recommend making a pit stop here. It did not disappoint.

I'm beginning to love this quirky little city.

After heading up Seattle for half the day, we jumped in the car & headed towards Mt. Rainier National Park. Ah-mazing. Like seriously, everytime I'm driving & get a glance at this mountain in the distance is just breathtaking. So being up close was just so beautiful but beware the drive up the mountain was a little terrifying for me. Girl afraid of drop offs here..  My palms get sweaty just thinking about it. The pictures are beautiful but doesn't do it justice.

The hardest part of friends & family coming to visit is saying good-bye. I wish I could just relocate my whole family here so they can experience the Pacific Northwest like we are and.... have them move every 2-3 years with us. Is that too much to ask?  HAHA (wishful thinking)

Well whose coming next??...

Actually I know this answer.. My friend Lauren is coming at the beginning of November. I am so excited. Can't wait. (: