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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It was so nice to hear from you in response to our last post after a long silence on the blog. Thanks for the encouragement to share more photos from our trips closer to home.

This post is the conclusion of our trip to the Washington coast. We drove up to the Neah Bay, part of an Indian Reservation surrounded by water on 3 sides. There's absolutely no way you could be just "passing through" this town. You'd have to intentionally be headed to this little hideout. We hiked up to Cape Flattery and saw the sun break out from under the clouds and set over stacks of rocks in the ocean. Cape Flattery is the northwesternmost point of the continguous United States, and it's breathtaking.

On our drive through town, we somehow happened upon a small shack selling incredible smoked salmon. The walls of the hole-in-the-wall shop were adorned with feathers, dreamcatchers, and a newspaper clipping from the New York Times featuring the place. Apparently, the secret is out about the salmon here. The owner showed us his smoker where he had racks and racks of salmon in production. The salmon was amazing and we had a hard time taking small bites to make it last.

On our way back, we stopped at Lake Crescent, always a favorite scenic stop. It was very wet, foggy, and deserted, except for some deer grazing in the rain. It's no wonder everything is so green.

- Julia (& Yuriy)

Wet morning at Lake Crescent.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

It’s been a while since we shared anything here. Although we have been traveling far less while I’m tied down with design school, we try to fit in frequent weekend trips and decided we should share some of those. The Pacific Northwest is such a beautiful area, and we sometimes take it for granted because it’s our home. Our city is built on hills, surrounded by water, and dense with greenery, all amazing qualities to have in a big city, and we get all three. The best part is how easy it is to get out in nature, without giving up all the pros of living in a big city like Seattle. If we’re not working or in class, we’re likely headed to the mountains for some hiking, biking, skiing, on the water in our kayaks, or finding new spots for camping.

One of the best places to camp and explore in Washington state is the Olympic Peninsula and western coast. It’s not your typical sunny beach and you won't find any sunbathers. Daily fog and dense evergreens hug the coast line and you can camp right on the ocean or stay in a cozy cabin in the rain forest (that's right, rain forest). If it’s drizzly and gray, which is highly likely, this area is even more magical.

During this particular trip, we stayed at a bed and breakfast in a small town called Forks and then in a cabin on the beach of an Indian reservation in Neah Bay. It feels so far removed that it’s hard to believe we haven’t crossed any borders to get there. Next time we want to hike in with our backpacks and camp on a remote beach so we can fall asleep to the sound of ocean waves. 

We hope you enjoy these photos of the place we call home.

- Julia