Friday, September 24, 2010
lucky me, i had most of the week off. so tuesday morning, c brings me tea in bed (i know, lucky me, right?!) and says, we're going to go somewhere today. but where? so, by noon some decisions are made and we are packed, in the car, and headed toward the olympic peninsula. yay!
see, i don't take a lot of vacations because i am horrible at making plans. i hate figuring out where to stay and what to do and i agonize over every decision. but this was such a nice change of pace, an i-don't-care-let's-just-get-out-of-here-and-stop-worrying-about-it-all attitude was so refreshing.
we booked a room at the lake quinault lodge and i couldn't have been happier. seriously, this place is the greatest. super charm, old-school quaintness, cozy corners, beautiful lake views, adirondack chairs on an expansive lawn, fireplace... did i say yay? yay!
we went on hikes through the woods around the lake, we lounged by the great fireplace and read books, we sat and enjoyed the sunset by the lake, we ate the most delicious veggie burgers at the mercantile across the street from the lodge, we enjoyed the company of each other.
my recommendation: get a quinault steamer after dinner and sit by the fire with your sweetie and your book. sigh.
my only regret: canoe rental season at the lodge was over. which was made even more insulting as they left all the boats out on the lawn, but we weren't allowed to take them out on the lake. and all i wanted to do was get in one of those darn canoes... phooey!
on our drive home, we first stepped out onto the beach and enjoyed what i think is the most amazing view ever: the vastness of the pacific ocean in all its grey, stormy goodness.
we also stopped by the hoh rain forest for another hike. sigh. such drippy lovely green lushness.
and, lastly, what trip to the olympic peninsula isn't complete without a stop in forks? really, we didn't plan this, we just wanted a milkshake and this place looked awesome. still, gotta love the vampires.
wait, shouldn't they have drawn fangs on that smiley face?