But shhhhh…don’t tell the Adirondacks I said that!
The truth is, I’ve been a BIG fan of the Northwest for more than 30 years, and it’s hard to beat that kind of history.
Back in the early 80s when I was just a wee lass of three, my aunt and uncle moved from our town in Southern California to Washington State, on the Puget Sound. A few years later, at just six years old, I hopped on an RV and rode up the coast with family friends to spend what turned out to be about a month with my aunt and uncle at their home in Bremerton. (From where I sit at thirty-something, this still looks like an epic adventure!)
We caught crabs on the shore, hunted for clams, visited the mountains, ferried to Canada, climbed the Space Needle in Seattle. To this day (well, yesterday, actually) the friend I tagged along with and I still talk about that vacation.
Side note: this is the trip where I discovered I’m afflicted with terrible motion sickness. Apparently, I can’t have all the luck.
My most recent jaunt to the Evergreen State in early May proved to be no less exciting, although much more condensed! (To my Instagram friends, I sincerely apologize for the volume of stories, it was excessive.) My aunt and uncle’s daughter, also known as my cousin, was getting married and so I flew out for a week of shenanigans.
This is going to be less of a trip recap and more of an adventure guide. As my main, number one, ultra special goal is to help YOU enhance and enrich your lives through authentic adventures, I’m not sure going on and on and ON about how I spray painted a building is going to propel YOU into your best life.
But I will tell you about it because it’s awesome, you guys. I tagged a building. #SoRebel.
Just remember, memory making adventures are everywhere. You don’t have to travel across the country to find them.
Take the road less traveled
Sometimes that means not taking a road at all!
There is a perfectly maintained highway that goes from the airport in Seattle to Bremerton, our destination on the other side of the Sound. It would have been a quick and comfortable trip. But there’s a ferry, and guess what: in my every day life I don’t get to ride a ferry. And guess what else: sometimes there are cafeterias on ferries. If you are anything like me, snacks drive your decisions, so drinking a glass of wine and eating a yogurt parfait while riding to your destination majorly enhances the experience. Never mind there’s the opportunity to see killer whales, no joke.
On my last day, my travel day, I chose the ferry again. From where I stayed, I walked the short few blocks to hop on the boat, which took me to the port in Seattle. I then had to walk the few short blocks to the train that would take me to the airport. Along the way I discovered Biscuit Bitch and the best biscuits and gravy I’ve ever had, no joke.
Another side note: I don’t like sausage, so that closes the biscuits and gravy door for me. Biscuit Bitch has a vegetarian gravy that blew my world. I mean, blew it wide open. Go there. Tell them the girl who precariously balanced all of her luggage on one chair sent you.
Allow yourself to break your budget…a bit
Disclaimer: I’m not telling you to miss a mortgage payment to splurge on a gold plated memento, please don’t do that!
When you head out on a memory making adventure, you are already doing something out of the ordinary.
Every other day you forgo the extras because you are responsible human being (go YOU!), but during your time away you are not doing the every day. So splurge… a little!
Get the bucket of seafood down by the sea, especially when it comes with tiny mallets and oversized bibs! You won’t forget those times with loved ones in which you whacked a crab leg so hard you shot meat to the table beside you.
Stop and smell the roses
Everything is new and different, let yourself check out ALL the beautiful details!
Sometimes that involves pausing your morning run (because fitness doesn’t take a vacation, amiright?!) and chatting with the nice young man spray painting a wall because you just might have the opportunity to literally leave your mark on that moment.
To be clear to the authorities: this is a “free wall” for local artists to “decorate.”
But also, while you’re at it, look at what’s around you. If you’re not in your home, your neighborhood or your community, you are in a place that is different and the things you will see are worth really seeing.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
I know you have a picture in your head of how your weekend away will go. It will involve perfect timing, blue skies, and happy children//pets//spouse.
Wake up, buttercup.
Either one, or all of these things, will go the exact opposite of your perfect plans. But that’s ok…
Step One: breathe.
Step Two: remind yourself that disaster and chaos don’t take a vacation either.
Step Three: pivot, you’ll find an adventure and make memories somewhere else!
Above all, stay positive, friends. Life is so good ❤