I’ve lived in Boston for 5 years almost exactly to date. That’s long enough in this transient city to say I’m not new to Boston. That’s actually longer that the 4 years I lived in the metro-Seattle area post college before I moved to Boston. But this past week, as we traveled to the Pacific Northwest, I was reminded why, I still call it home.
Last week, Dan and I traveled for an unusual wedding weekend. On Saturday, Dan was a groomsman, and I was the wedding photographer in the Bay Area. Then the next day, we took the first flight out of San Jose to Seattle, and I was a Grooms-woman (don’t get me started, the gender role is yet another blog post), and Dan a guest at a wedding in Seattle. And surrounding those events, we soaked in a few days of vacation after a long busy summer of medical emergencies and record number of weddings. We played with nephews, caught up with dear old friends, got pampered, saw several pods of orcas swimming by in the wild, ate foods only found in the west, and fresh macarons to be the best outside of Paris Ladurée, and managed to gain 5 pounds in one week.
Dan’s brother is holding his second son, I met this little guy for the first time! Dan a groomsman (got to see my man in a tux again~ Thank you Eddie and Eileen)Groomswoman had some people raise eye browsEven moss is beautiful at our friends’ back yard And this, is the San Juan Islands…. I am frolicking in a a field of lavender… harvested lavender unfortunately… There’s something different in the sunlight over the pacific northwest… We watched wildlife from this light houseThey are real! Madrona trees are unique to the region, they peel a thin red bark all year long , I miss even themSome island residents kindly informed us that several pods of orcas have been heard few miles off from where we were. I’m praying for the orcas to come our way…. And they did! it felt like hours of awe… We were close enough to hear them blow air… Dan let me gawk, while he took the pictures… it was a very good day… I’ve went on 4 whale watch cruises, 3 out 4, I didn’t see this many, or this close.This is the beautiful Wildwood Manor On the grounds More madronas And headed back to Seattle, into Pike Place Market Thank you for the lovely week in my other home. It was marvelous…