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Fun with Joe and Suz

Posted by joeabbott on January 19, 2013

imageIf you’re interested in the small doings of Joe&Suz, you owe it to yourself to be following the Suz Blog a bit more closely … it’s the link to the left called Thoughts By Suz and she does a better job than I do in remaining current and giving you a better visuals-to-word ratio. But, I’m not about to ignore her good intuition so if you’re following both this blog and Suzy’s, you may see a bit of repetition. Yup, today’s post will be about our day off last weekend!

First, today is the sort of day I love here in Seattle; at least when the winter winds are blowing and it’s too cold to be outside. I got up early-ish (about 7AM) and was able to stagger through the morning routine (get the paper, feed the cats, enjoy the quiet) without too much ado. The cats were showing severe signs of cabin fever … they’ve been inside for almost two weeks now … and so I let them out. But, with a nice layer of fog blanketing the yard, all just seems extra quiet and peaceful.

So, upstairs I plod with a bit of tea and an interest in catching up on the virtual world of the Internet. Email, other blogs, a game or two, some fiddling with my phone … all the stuff that kids do constantly as second nature but I need a bit more “me time” to make it work.

But, I get that done and then it’s time for a spot of writing and catching you up. Throughout the week I send “blog this” notes to my personal account and I’m now overflowing with ideas. Must have been a good week as I have a lot of these notes to myself!

Let’s start with a topic we’ll likely end with: our long weekend last weekend.

We’d promised ourselves a little “us time” as it’s easy to forget that it’s just “us” all the time when you have a lot of obligations. I had wanted to find a little B&B out in the San Juan Islands for a long weekend but the logistics and time from cats/chickens conspired against us. We also had a dinner party on Saturday night so we only stayed one night (Sunday-to-Monday). So, Suzy worked a Groupon angle, got us a room at Kalaloch, and we took Monday off; our long weekend was set!

P1020458 FuseOur State Capital

WP_20130113_024Early Sunday we headed south with our first stop aimed at Olympia and the Capitol building. I’ve lived out here for over 20 years and seen the state capitol from the freeway but never visited. So, as the Seahawks faced off against the Atlanta Falcons, Suzy and I were strolling through the Capitol building, learning a bit of history, seeing the legislative seat of our state, and enjoying being the only two on the tour. It seems if you want a similarly exclusive tour, you should try to be at the first tour on Sunday morning. A good football matchup on TV helps, too.

We spent about 2 hours strolling the grounds and needling the poor tour guide with every imaginable question. We were pulling up the carpet to see the underlying hardwood floor, posing by every statue and painting, sitting at historical pianos, rubbing the bronze nose of George Washington’s bust, and continually pestering our guide to let us in and hear our exiting-governor practice her farewell speech in the House Legislative room. Or, perhaps, it was just me doing those things. But the tour was grand and I’d highly recommend it.

Fun fact: the state of Washington was originally proposed to be named Columbia, but the fine folks back in D.C. vetoed that idea, saying it’d be too confusing with District of Columbia already established. Yes, so we now have the superior “Washington” which never requires disambiguation …

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P1020518Kalaloch

Years ago on our trip to Yosemite, Suzy and I stayed at Kalaloch and our return trip was based primarily on the location, secondarily on the price, and lastly on comfort and nostalgia. While the cabins weren’t necessarily uncomfortable, they had been heated by a wood stove that did well when a fire blazed within, but the room was pretty chilly on first entry and in the morning. Imagine our surprise when we found the cabins to have been overhauled with central heat! Well, at least with a heater centrally located! Our cabin was well-lit, had good windows and lighting, and comfortable beds. So comfortable, that we slept nearly 10 hours on Sunday night!

But let’s get to the real reason we went to Kalaloch: access to the Pacific Ocean.

Suz loves the ocean all things about it. I like the sounds of the crashing surf and of the great mood brought about by the foggy environs around the water. So here’s a tip if you want the beach to yourself: head out for a Sunday/Monday trip in mid-January. We had most of the place to ourselves.

While it was “lonely” on those beaches when we got in on late Sunday afternoon and through the next day, it was a good lonely. I’ll let a few pictures do the talking but have to say this was one of our more relaxing trips.

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Out and back

P1020502On the way to the Capital, we stopped at Cabela’s, a large warehouse sort of sporting good store with a focus on hunting and fishing. A keen feature of the store is a museum-quality tableau of a mountain scene: it takes up the whole of the central part of the store with many stuffed animals in various “natural” poses. We walked the store, enjoyed the mountain scene, and looked at the huge aquariums with hundreds of swimming fishes.

The way back from Kalaloch was somewhat less eventful; which is nice. We drove over the top of the Olympic Peninsula and caught a ferry back to the Seattle area. Before getting to the ferry we stopped at CB’s Nuts. A local store that focuses on house-roasted nuts. While we sampled all manner of unshelled goodies, we picked up a bag of shelled peanuts, a tub of peanut butter that was ground for us on the spot, and a container of cashews. If we’d picked up one of each item that was tasty, we’d have been coming home with many more items. If you’re taking the ferry to/from Kingston or heading there, just beyond the ferry terminal in a repurposed fire house, CB’s Nuts sits on the south side of the road – do yourself a favor and stop in for some samples and a delicious treat.

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And that was our long weekend: fairly simple, wonderfully relaxing, and over all too soon. Hoping you find some relaxation in your New Year!

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