Friday, September 24, 2010

... impromptu vacations

lake quinault lodge

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!

lake quinault lodge

lake quinault lodge

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.

lake quinault lodge

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!

lake quinault lodge

lake quinault lodge

lake quinault lodge

lake quinault

lake quinault

lake quinault

lake quinault

deer fern at lake quinault

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.

lake quinault lodge

my recommendation: get a quinault steamer after dinner and sit by the fire with your sweetie and your book. sigh.

lake quinault lodge

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!

pacific coast

pacific coast

pacific coast

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.

hoh rainforest

hoh river

hoh rainforest

we also stopped by the hoh rain forest for another hike. sigh. such drippy lovely green lushness.

forks

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.

chocolate malt in forks

wait, shouldn't they have drawn fangs on that smiley face?

7 comments:

  1. how beautiful! you're a very lucky gal! i'm dreaming of a getaway!!!

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  2. Wow, what an awesome trip! That picture of the Pacific brings me back. Today we spent the day at the ocean with family and friends. Toes in the sand, surf in the hair. A good kind of day :)

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  3. I haven't been out to the Olympic Penisula in ages, your photos make me want to plan a trip.
    Thanks.

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  4. What a magical getaway. The Olympic Peninsula looks so lush and green.

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  5. I feel so refreshed just looking at your pictures...
    Thank you!
    ...I can almost feel what it would be like to sit on one of those Adirondacks and stitch away!
    :)

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  6. What a wonderful place that looks like! I live in Victoria, and we look across at the Olympic mountains. I've grown up looking at them, and wondering how fab it would be to visit, to stand on the other side of the water and look across at my home. (and it would be fun to visit Forks for a milkshake and some Twilight photo ops along the way, too!)

    One day I am most definitely going to visit that lodge! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. my friends own the mercantile across the street - we've been planning a visit ever since they bought it, your pictures make me want to head up there even more. thanks for sharing.

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