16 August 2011

{16aug2011: Olympic Peninsula part 1}

Man, it's been busy around here! Let's do a little catch up.
Last month after we got back from Hawaii, Jason's parents came out to Seattle and finally got to meet their grand-dog-ter in person! They had planned to spend the weekend out here so we took off Friday from work so we could spend the weekend on the coast and check out theOlympic Peninsula.
We loaded up the car early Friday morning and headed out. We took the ferry over to Bainbridge (30min) then drove a bit toward Port Angeles (1.5hrs) and decided to stop for a hike so we could all stretch our legs. Jason's dad was happy to get out of the car to get a break from Darwin's ear cleanings.
Of course a road trip with Jason has to include (if at all possible) a brewery stop, so we stopped and had lunch at Peaks Brew Pub.

The beers were pretty good... the food was okay. They did have this funny sign up though.
After lunch and a wine tasting at a winery along the way we finally made it to Pacific Beach. We had booked a cute cottage for the weekend and it was perfect for the 5 of us. Pacific Beach is a tiny little town but it's in a great location right on the Pacific Ocean and close to the hiking spots we wanted to check out. As soon as we unloaded the car we headed down to check out the beach.

Darwin had a blast chasing the birds....

And checking out the crab pieces.

Beaches in the Pacific Northwest are so different from the beaches I grew up with in Hawaii. The PNW beaches seem to all be very flat and super wide. It seems like you could walk out for at least a mile before the water reached you waist! 

As we walked along the beach we found a lot of sand dollars! My first time finding these things! We found a bunch and took them back to the cottage to wash off where they went from grey/purple to a dirty white. (I have mine sitting in the windowsill where they are slowly whitening up even more.) It was a pretty busy day just driving out to the coast so Darwin was nice a pooped. She quickly hopped up on the bed (we've learned to bring our own sheet and blanket to cover the bed with first) and was out.


  1. I love that little "shirt, shoes" sign :)


  2. Wow!!!!

    What a pawesome time!!!

    Thanks so much fur sharing it with us!!!

    Khyra and The Golden Khampers Merdie and Harley

  3. wow Darwin, that's one very special weekend. We really like being able to go on trips with you. I think that you've given my mom and dad lots of ideas on places that they could take all of us.

  4. Hi All, what a great day. Lovely for Darwin to meet the grandparents. Were they amazed how big she is? I don't think I have ever seen 'sand dollars' before. Cool. No worries, and love, Stella and Carol

  5. moms going there soon, my have to look for those dollars
    Benny & Lily

  6. That would have poopied me all out too Darwin! What a load of excitement all in one day! That area of Washington is so fantastic! Huge spans of beaches and mega rain forests to explore! Wowee! Glad Jason got his beer in ;) Funny sign BOL!

    Waggin at ya,

  7. Looks like a really great trip...And Mr. Jason's pop was so lucky to get Darwin to clean his ears! We've never experienced a beach, but would love to give it a go sometime. Have a great rest of the week!!
    Smooches from pooches,
    BabyRD & HOotie

  8. Such an exciting time...met the grandparents, went for a hike, played in the ocean, collected sand dollars it's no wonder you had to take a nap. Looks like you had a great time.


  9. That sign is very funny!

    Hehe did you have fun cleaning Jason's dad's ears did you Dar?

    Those Sand Dollars look very cool with the flower type pattern on them, what can you buy with a Sand Dollar?

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

  10. great place... lucky you can get on the bed... I cannot in any circumstance... i have cruel humans!!!
    ps: we never saw sand coins before interesting!!!!