A couple of weeks ago we flew across the country to spend a week and a half in the Pacific Northwest. The main purpose of the trip was to celebrate Marc’s sisters wedding, but we extended the trip before and after the wedding to hang out in Seattle for a little while and also do some camping.
The first few days of our trip were spent in Seattle, with a day trip down to Mount Rainier. Even though I lived in Seattle for five months for a clinical rotation in grad school, I never made it out to Mount Rainier, so I was super excited to have the chance to see it and do some hiking.
We headed out with the entire family, including two toddlers, and hiked the Skyline Trail loop to Panorama Point, which is about a 5 mile loop with 1700 feet of elevation change. We had thought about doing a little extra after Panorama Point, but after a few hours both of the little guys were ready to be out of the hiking carriers and running around.
Looks like someone is happy to be out and moving around!
The next day we had a girls day for pedicures, lunch, and a trip to the Woodinville Lavender Farm to pick lavender for the wedding.
Next, we headed out to the North Cascades for Marc’s sisters wedding. The North Cascades is another area of the Pacific Northwest I’ve never had a chance to explore and I have to say – I was absolutely blown away.
I mean, that water is just unreal, right?! The wedding was at the North Cascades Institute and it is typically a camp/learning center, but they turned it into their wedding venue.
We didn’t spend a ton of time exploring the North Cascades (but we will definitely be back!) because we had tons of fun wedding festivities to partake in, but highlights were a couple of trail runs (followed by a dip in the lake!), leading a yoga class, and a couple of morning walks with Lars.
For the last bit of our trip, we hopped on a ferry and spent three days camping on Orcas Island with Marc’s parents. This was the part of the trip I was a little worried about, as I had no idea how Lars would do sleeping in a tent. He ended up doing great! We just put his Baby Bjorn Crib in the tent, used my sound machine, and made sure his puppy was always with him for nap and bedtime.
My favorite part of Orcas Island was our hike up Mount Constitution. It was nice because you could go all out and start at the bottom for a 6.7 mile hike with 1500 feet elevation gain, or you could drive part way up and do a shorter distance with less elevation change. We actually loved it so much we did it twice – one time we did the whole thing and one time we did a shorter route.
Regardless of what route you take, the view at the top is incredible! On a clear day, which we were lucky enough to have, you can see all of the San Juan Islands, views of the Cascade mountains, and that’s Mount Baker in the background of the photo below.
One of the most important things that I find when hiking is staying fueled throughout the whole thing. There’s nothing worse than being hangry on what’s supposed to be an enjoyable hike!
I planned ahead and threw in FLYJOY Quinoa Bars for all of us for when our bodies were working hard and needed some nourishment. While I really do love all of the FLYJOY flavors that I’ve tried, my two favorite are the Peanut Butter (no surprise there) and Cashew Cookie Dough (OMG YUM!).
Another thing we absolutely could not have lived without on this trip is our Osprey Child Carrier for carrying Lars when we were hiking. It has so much more support for us than a softer baby carrier (like our Ergo Baby) and the seat for Lars also supports him a lot more and even has foot straps for him to rest his feet in.
On our Mount Constitution hike we found a safe (aka no steep drop offs) spot to let Lars run around and do some actual hiking. He was loving every second!
After 9 great days of being on vacation and hopping from place to place in Washington, we were sad but tired and ready to head home! I think that’s the sign of a great vacation, right?
Hope you enjoyed the overview of our Washington adventures and thanks to FLYJOY for sponsoring this Microadventure!