Island Hopping: Orcas Island

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This summer we spent a few weekends exploring the San Juan Islands. First, we explored Orcas Island and camped at Moran State park. What a gorgeous island! If you would like to spend some time on the island please be sure you make a ferry reservation and anticipate the ferry ride to be about 1 1/2 hours long. We didn’t know about the reservations and had to wait on standby. Luckily the next ferry was able to take us, but we remembered to make reservations in the future.

From the ferry it’s a short ride to the state park (from what I can recall it was about 20 minutes). There are no showers available, but I didn’t mind because we were only staying for a short duration.

Moran Lake state in right across from Cascade Lake where they have kayak rentals, ice cream and a small park where everyone can enjoy an outdoor gathering. We found a little nook away from the chaos (very busy in the summertime) and hung up our hammock. We read books, laid in the grass and climbed trees. A very relaxing time indeed.

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Another day we decided to hike up Mount Constitution. The summit was beautiful and you could see a perfect layout of the San Juan Islands from the tower.

Island life is soothing and relaxing, even the deer weren’t disturbed by our presence!

Tschüss~
Alyssa

Hells Canyon

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I know this post is coming a bit late, but I wanted to share with you our getaway to Idaho for Fourth of July weekend. We planned the trip to Idaho because Samuel had bought two riverboat tours on Groupon. We got a killer deal and also coordinated with our friends to come with us. The weather was dry and hot and it reached 105°F. With the weather so intense, it was refreshing to be on a boat for eight hours. The touring company is called Beamers Hells Canyon Tours (http://www.hellscanyontours.com) and the tour itself started early in the morning.

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Our captain narrated during the whole duration of the tour. He was incredibly savvy on all the history behind the canyon and the wildlife that lived in that area. I believe the river we were riding down was the Snake River. We even saw a family of goats along the way.

After the first hour and a half we stopped for coffee and pastries at a lodge along the river so the boat could fill up on gas. Once we were four hours down the river we stop for lunch where we took the plunge and swam in the river. It was so incredibly hot that day, so that water felt absolutely amazing. The number of people that the boat can accommodate is a good-sized group of maybe 20 people (I didn’t get an exact count). It was fun seeing people who barely knew each other by the end of the day where spraying each other with super soakers to cool down.

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After lunch we made our slow way back to the starting point, which takes approximately four hours. All in all, it was a fun experience and I would recommend it for anybody who loves the water, adventure and doesn’t mind making the trip out to Idaho.

What were your plans for Fourth of July?

Tschüss~
Alyssa

Pike Place Eateries

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One morning I woke up and found myself craving another foodie adventure. We haven’t had a good one since Valentine’s Day  weekend in Vancouver BC and like always Mr. Crissinger was game (how I love him). My idea was to have one item at various eateries to get a wide experience. We tried some places we’ve never been to before while others were favorite repeats. This is the Pike Place edition, so we remained in the market area.

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WHAT WE ORDERED: raspberry croissant

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The place was packed, so I was happy to get my croissant and get out of there! They had a display of tempting treats, but I was determined not to get my fill at the first spot. The croissant itself was crunchy on outside but soft and chewy in the middle & the raspberry filling was a wonderful addition.

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Beecher’s

WHAT WE ORDERED: mariachi mac & cheese

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It took everything in me not to order another helping! The chiles, veggies and Flagship cheese really complimented each other in this dish.

Rachel’s Ginger Beer

WHAT WE ORDERED: blood orange ginger beer

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Enough said, right? Who doesn’t love blood orange.

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WHAT WE ORDERED: caramel soy latte with two salted caramels

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a awesome coffee spot right in the market. They have a very simple menu and their syrups are homemade (caramel and vanilla). If you have time to savor your coffee check this place out!

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WHAT WE ORDERED: salmon burger

RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
It’s no surprise I rated this four stars because I LOVE salmon. We ate outside and was lucky enough to sit with a food tour group- I need to get signed up for one of those asap!

Tschüss~
Alyssa