Our Seattle getaway was truly everything I could have hoped for and so much more. We experienced chilly days, falling leaves, autumn mornings, foggy days and it seemed that I couldn’t layer enough if I tried — a true autumn on all accounts. Scott and I have been talking about taking this trip for so many years now, so to finally be in the Pacific Northwest with my whole family felt slightly unreal. Every moment we spent in Washington truly felt good for my soul, and left me feeling refreshed and ready to take on another busy season of life.
Before we get to that, though, I’ll back track and share that we landed in Seattle last Wednesday evening around 9:30pm. Scott and I had both worked earlier in the day, but that didn’t stop us from feeling all the jitters and excitement that comes with traveling. When we finally made it out of the airport, we couldn’t help but ohh and awwh over how chilly it was, and how pretty the colored leaves were under the city lights. We ended up getting to my Aunt and Uncle’s house (where we were staying) around 11pm, chatted for a bit and then fell asleep as soon as we crawled into our twin sized-bed (there was two, but who likes sleeping alone!).
The next morning we woke up to a cloud of thick fog covering everything — as far as our eyes could see out of the tiny window from the cozy farm house we were staying in. This was by far one of the dreariest morning we’ve ever experience, so like any desert native would, we took full advantage while we could by throwing on a few layers, making some hot coffee and taking a little walk outside while the fog still surrounded us. It really was one the most peaceful moments we had together during our entire trip, and I’m sure the feeling won’t be something I’ll forget anytime soon. Like they say, the Pacific Northwest is full of peace and magic (and vampires too — ;))
While the fog burned off, we spent a few hours running around, doing some family errands and seeing my mom’s old stomping grounds. We actually spent a couple of hours visiting my family cemetery, which was quite an experience. The cemetery opened in the late 1800’s and is where many of the area’s most distinguished leaders were laid to rest. The trees and leaves there were absolutely beautiful, and I couldn’t help but take a picture or two — a bit morbid for some, but really a special place to me. Anyways, later in the afternoon, when the sun was starting to go down, we took a drive through Point Defiance Park, a large “urban” park in the heart of Tacoma. Point Defiance holds such a special place in my heart, as some of my most fond memories from my trips to Washington state growing up seem to all be set here — specifically at Owen Beach, which is where all of these photos were taken, along the rocky shore of the Puget Sound.
Owen Beach was one of the most important stops I wanted to make while in town. Before this trip, Scott had never been to the PNW before, so having him see the one place that holds so many joyous memories for me felt so important. It’s safe to say that he now loves the rocky shores of Owen Beach just as much as I do and we’re both looking forward to coming back here again — hopefully one day very soon!
The colors along the shore were just incredible — bright yellow, orange, red, and green.
My momma and I!
My dad and uncle (who we stayed with during our whirlwind trip!).
Every inch of Owen Beach was so incredibly beautiful — this view wasn’t too bad either! 😉
I’ll be back soon with more photos and stories from our Seattle getaway! In case you want to see more photos + snip-its of our adventures now, you can see more on my Instagram under our trip hashtag — #birdsdopnw. I hope ya’ll are having a lovely weekend, and Happy November!