Monday, June 22, 2015

Amazing Places to See (Near Seattle in Summer)...

It's officially summer! I hope yours is off to a great start... 

We recently returned from a little getaway to the Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic Peninsula is a spectacular place to visit and take in nature. While we were there, we explored the forest, ocean, rainforest, lavender farms, mountains, hot springs, lake and waterfalls. We saw bald eagles, a herd of elk and deer. 
(All this and we were only gone for two days! :)

We ate lunch and spent time here at Crescent Lake Lodge. It feels like stepping back in time in all the best ways.

The water ranges from turquoise to a brilliant shade of blue...

Set against the mountains and trees, you can't help but stop and stare at the beauty!

These sweet little cabins are where we look forward to returning to, just steps from the lodge and lake - a good choice for loud  active families like ours. Be sure to book early, as they usually fill up 3-6 months in advance!

Canoes can be rented by the hour...

We went on to the forest where we hiked up to Sol Duc Falls.

Our modest (yet still surprisingly pricey) little cabin and our three amigos, enjoying breakfast.

The guys indulged me in a little stop in Sequim, where we visited a lavender farm. My husband and I had visited Sequim once before our boys were born. They have a lavender festival in July where you can tour all the lavender farms, pick lavender and buy all sorts of lavender products and treats (including lavender lemonade and ice cream ~ yum!)

We did a 3-mile hike on the beach, enjoying the sound of waves crashing and smelling the salty sea air. The boys collected and filled (my) pockets with shiny, smooth stones.

We loved watching our three run free. The joy of childhood summer...

It was a fun family adventure... but it's always nice to come back home!

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Have a wonderful day,


  1. Creating lovely memories with your children!!!

  2. What amazing parents you guys are sharing such beauty in what nature offers to your boys, they truly won't forget these lasting memories trust me!
    What a home sweet away from home feeling. I love this part of Washington, I live in the Seattle area, then on lake Washington as a child out of town from a small town in REDMOND, not so small now I hear? Yet all the skiing, water skiing, camping and playing about has settled so softly on my heart I would give anything to turn back the hands of time and go back to Wsahington.

    Your photos here show us the rich beauty of what your state shares with you.

    See you soon


  3. Hi Julie!
    I am coming over from my friend's blog (Kris). I am glad to meet you and looking forward to following you and getting to know you better. Love your style AND your family! xo Diana

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