You know how when you just do it right? That amazing feeling like your sixth sense didn’t let you down and you took advantage of an opportunity that is now long gone…? It doesn’t happen that often but this time I got it right: I booked my travel early. Way back in March and April I planned this trip not knowing if it would truly happen. Would we be able to fly? Would we want to? Could we stay in hotels, eat in restaurants, visit safely with friends? Thankfully, the answer was YES!!
So we flew to Seattle from LA which is a short flight. “We” is myself (my husband stayed behind to hold down the fort) and our two kids, a teen and a tween. We masked up and boarded our super cheap one way flight and were met in Seattle by family who live in Edmonds, just outside the city. We packed only what we could carry on-board despite the length of the trip but the flight was packed and we had to surrender our wheely suitcases. Lucky for me, I already had all of my important papers, my phone, sanitizer spray and wipes for the seat (and the kids seats) and headphones in my Pocket Belt so letting go was easy. Our luggage was the first out (as it was the last on) and off we went!
Edmonds is a quaint quiet coastal town with a cute downtown area and easy ferry access to the many amazing natural wonders that are the Pacific Northwest. Restaurants were open and outdoor dinning was plentiful. The weather was perfect so we jetted off to enjoy some nature and a temperate rainforest in Olympic Peninsula National Park. We waited a while for the ferry - summer is high season. But the wait allowed us to explore the area by the terminal and have an AMAZING cup of coffee at Waterfront Coffee Company on Main Street. That almost gave me the fuel I needed for the VERY long drive ahead...with family…and two dogs…oy.
Hours later we ditched all plans for sight seeing this day and just made a bee-line for the most beautiful two bedroom stand alone cabin by Lake Crescent: Lake Crescent Lodge. Rooms here book up months in advance but we got lucky and scored a cancelation.
The beach in front of the Main Lodge
The Main Lodge
Our two bedroom one bathroom cabin
We caught a low sun by the lake, took a dip, and went on a short hike on Marymere Falls Trail. There was no way we were getting back in the car so good thing this hike was an easy walk from the lodge.
Water shoes would have been a good thing to pack but luckily the water was so cold I could barely feel the sharp rocks. I’m dreaming of my waterproof swim pocket belt right now.
Pockets full of sunscreen, a snack, water, bug spray and of course my phone - I’m ready for the hike!
With the day under out belt, we got everybody settled and tried for a dinner reservation. HAHAHAHA!! (That’s what the front desk said) With just one restaurant at minimal capacity and nothing else for miles, the reservations were booked days before we even arrived. Instead, we did take out from the restaurant and sat in the main lodge screened in sun room overlooking the lake.