five days in seattle

When I realized that 3 out of my 4 siblings AND one of our cousins wouldn’t be in school this fall for the first time in all of our lives, my sister-in-law and I schemed on what we could do. Something fun, new, out of the ordinary, and adventurous.

#gowestyoungfam2018 was born: a 5 day trip to the Pacific Northwest.

None of us had been to the northwestern corner of the country, so we figured, why not? We found a great AirBnB and booked plane tickets and made it happen. It was a new adventure for all of us, and not without it’s obstacles (such as paying an extra fee to rent a car because none of us were 25+). But we all had fun, and I think we would all do it again.

We started out with a trip to the Pacific Ocean…and I checked off a few more bucket list items (see: take a trip just for fun & stick my feet in the Pacific Ocean). It rained the whole day and we are all very grateful for raincoats. The wind was pretty strong, too—it made for a cold day. Sticking my feet in the Pacific caused borderline hypothermia, but it was worth it.

We headed back to our AirBnB in Seattle (stopping by Walmart & Trader Joe’s for food essentials) and crashed in bed pretty soon upon arriving: we had been up and traveling for about 22 hours, so sleep was very welcome.

Friday, we picked Cole up from the airport and headed to downtown Seattle. We started with Pike Place Market and worked our way to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and ended our day at the Seattle Public Library and the Space Needle.

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Saturday was for Canada. The drive was gorgeous, and it was fun to be in a different city for the day. We didn’t have much time, so we mainly walked around the city and ate a late lunch/early dinner. We found crêpes and an allergen-friendly restaurant, so it was a win!

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Sunday, we headed up to Whidbey Island. It was definitely a crowd favorite—I’ve never seen water so turquoise! Sunday night, we went out to a nice dinner, compliments of our uncle. It was a fun, relaxing finale to the trip after several days of nonstop walking!

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Long story short, traveling just for the fun of it is highly recommended. 🙂