Last week we set off to visit my grandparents in Port Ludlow, WA for a little summer getaway. Many of our friends think we live near Seattle, but in all reality we live in Spokane, on the Idaho/Washington border. They live on the other side of Seattle so it was a bit of a drive and totally different scenery than we are used to in Spokane.
I’ve visited my grandparents a bunch of times growing up but this is the first time with Kevin. Aside from a quick trip to Seattle for 1 night we really haven’t explore western Washington at all. We had the best time and my grandparents really showed us a good time.
This trip included crabbing, boating, picnicking, oyster hunting, fireworks, lots of eating, hot-tubbing, and a few short walks. My grandparent recently got a new dog that we got to take with us on every adventure. If you watched my Instagram stories, you would’ve seen lots of this fluffy chow.
For the Fourth of July, we hung out for most of the day then wen tot Port Townsend for dinner and the fireworks. Watch my shirt making video on Youtube here.
We were quite exciting for the crabbing since opening day was the day we got there. Kevin got a crabbing license so we could catch Dungeness crabs. It was so fun learning how to crab and prepare them for eating. They were so delicious.
The Tug Boat
My grandparents have a Lord Nelson Victory tug boat that we got to ride on one afternoon. We toured the Puget Sound from Port Townsend to Port Angeles and back. It was the most beautiful weather while we were on the water.
One day we took a quick trip to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. It’s a beautiful park with even more beautiful views. We had a picnic lunch, wondered around the top and were on our way. There was even patches of snow around the top despite the 70 degree weather that day. I suggested we wonder around the meadows and sing “The Hills Are Alive” because it was as picture perfect as a movie scene, but no one else was interested.
On our last full day we went to my grandparent’s friend’s house to go oyster hunting and tried again for some crabs! The crabs were amazing but the oysters were a whole other experience. I’ll tell you about later.
Where my grandparents live in Port Ludlow is quite magical. Their porch (which is easily the square feet of our house) over looks enormous, overgrown blackberry bushes. Behind them is the luscious greenery western Washington is famous for and beyond that is two peepholes of the Hood Canal Bridge and the Puget Sound. It was the perfect view for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and evening dips in the hot tub.
We even squeezed in a visit with our lovely family in Cle Elum, WA. It’s right off of I-90 on the way home but we want to go back to float the river there sometime soon. So far we are impressed with everywhere we have been in Washington state. Washington is gorgeous!
I had so much fun getting to go places with Kevin I visit when I was younger and to try out a few new places too. It was the perfect summer getaway and my grandparents really spoiled us.
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