There is a Sunday farmers market in my neighborhood through the year. There are vendors of produce, cheese, flowers, baking, and more. There is a musician who plays a violin so the people can enjoy music while they check each vendor to shop. It’s a nice place to shop, meet people, eat lunch, or just enjoy fresh air.
Surprisingly it was sunny when I got up last Saturday morning in February. My husband and I immediately started to think of a plan on that day. We don’t want to miss any outdoor activity on a sunny day especially in winter. After we thought about 15 minutes, we decided to go to Poo Poo Point where is 30 minutes drive from our house.
It’s in the middle of winter and we have more cloudy and rainy days in Seattle. The sky is gray and it makes me miss my favorite island in my home country, Japan. Shodoshima is an island where the weather is mild and there are many olive trees.
My husband and I had a chance to visit Shodoshima before pandemic. It was November but the temperature was high 60’s and mostly sunny days. We drove around the island to see a beautiful ocean view from the mountain and visited a local cafe for homemade cheesecake. There was a very old house which was remodeled as a restaurant. This popular restaurant was always full of customers around lunch time. We waited about one hour and finally were able to sit in a table set in the pretty outside garden. The food was excellent using local fresh vegetable, seafood, and beef. Although we had to wait, it was worth it. Another popular place was an olive park where there are many of olive trees and a gift shop we can buy products made from olive. They even had green ice cream made from olive.
Shodoshima has many cute popular spots for tourists but I love most in Shodoshima was the beauty of the nature and the simple quiet life there, a wild boar footprints I found in the beach early morning, a small chat with an owner of a cafe we had coffee, the morning glories by the sidewalk, and beautiful ocean.
I hope I will have a chance to live there someday. The view is gray from my window but it’s always sunny, blue sky, and olive trees in my heart when I think of Shodoshima.
The air is cold, crisp, and foggy, but the weather forecast is sunny. My husband and I added extra layers in the clothes and headed to Fremont, a popular area for shopping , dining, walking, and jogging. When the sun comes out in winter Seattle, many people go out for sunshine and fresh air. We are one of them.
We love walking around the city as well as nature. There are cute small shops, restaurants, and cafes in Fremont. There is a beautiful ship canal and people enjoy jogging, biking, and walking by the canal. We started our walk from a local chocolate factory where we can also buy some chocolate in a small shop there. We took some pictures of bikers, joggers, and kayaks over the bridge. We went to our favorite bakery where we usually need to wait about 15 minutes to get the best croissant but that is worth it.
The icy fog was disappeared and the sky was blue and some white cloud like cotton candy floated. The air was still cold but I felt the warmth of the sunshine on my face. My husband found some hummingbirds chirping on the trees. It’s Saturday and sunny! There is a fresh croissant and coffee in my hands. I felt free and happy walking by the canal with my husband. I love this moment, small happiness in sunny Saturday morning.
It takes 20 minutes from Seattle to Vashon Island by ferry. It’s a small quiet town with lots of nature and this is a perfect place if you want to relax in the weekend. The sky was gray and the wind was cold, but that is Seattle weather in winter. My husband and I took a small bag and our two dogs in our car and headed to the ferry terminal. we enjoyed watching snowy Olympic National Park mountains, a famous light house, cute small shops and a cafe in the island.
The lodge we stayed was a simple modern interior and very cozy and comfortable place. I immediately switched on a fire place and relax in a warm living area. We enjoyed dinner from a Mexican restaurant and watched a football game. Our dogs were as usual, Cocoa explored every corner of the lodge and found his favorite place to sleep. Haru was nervous being in unfamiliar place and kept walking. We took a walk around the lodge to take some pictures. I read my favorite book and did yoga. This is not like Disneyland but you can relax, be calm and enjoy nature.
I haven’t gone camping since I was a kid. It was a school camping trip and I remember I didn’t like it because it was raining and I got sick there. However, I decided to go camping again. Why? I wanted to take a picture of stars. I needed to go to a place where has a very dark sky.
My husband and I took our two wiener dogs, Cocoa and Haru to Lake Wenatchee located northeast of Seattle about 2 hours drive. We relaxed by the lake, enjoyed paddle boarding, and headed to our camp site. Our tent was big enough for us with two dogs and very comfortable. Unfortunately it got cloudy at night and we were not able to see stars. However, it was really nice to spend a relaxing time in the tent with my husband and dogs listening the wind at night.
I think Haru doesn’t like a camping. When she was eating her meal, a bee flew around her. She immediately lost her interest to her meal and she escaped to the tent. After that she rushed to our car crying. I think she was saying “Let’s go home!”.
Next morning my husband cooked the breakfast. He usually makes pancakes, omelettes, baked potatoes on the weekend at home. The breakfast he made was a typical one with pancakes, sausages, and sunny side up eggs. I added berries on the plates and prepared coffee. It was one of the most delicious breakfast I’ve ever had. I think that’s because we enjoyed our breakfast in clear air surrounded by the trees with a partial lake view with chipmunks saying hello.
This camping was a completely different experience from the one I had long time ago. We enjoyed being in the outdoor and appreciated the beauty of the nature.
Seattle summer is short. Whenever it’s sunny people try to stay outside as much as possible to enjoy sun. In summer National Park Mt. Rainier, the wild flowers are blooming. My husband and I decided to leave early morning so that we can avoid the crowds on Saturday. It takes about 2 hours for one way and it’s a perfect day trip on a sunny weekend.
We went to Sunrise where is east side of Mt. Rainier and the big mountain with snow welcomed us. We took some trails and enjoyed the beautiful views and wild flowers. Some trails have lots of trees and flowers where we can walk in the shade. Others are open trails and we could see glaciers, rocks, and chipmunks. I sweated but the cool breeze in high mountain made me feel good.
We ate our lunch with a company of chipmunk. The chipmunk was hoping to get something to eat but we know we shouldn’t feed a wild animal so we didn’t though it was so cute! Next time we will go to higher point to see a view from the lookout.