La Conner and Anacortes, Washington
The reason we traveled all the way up to Washington was to visit family that we haven’t seen in many years. Leaving Seattle, Jessica, Gianna, and I headed north to La Conner, WA. My Mom and step father Bob, moved there last month from South Carolina and we were looking forward to staying with them for three days. As we arrived, Bob gave us a warm welcome down the street and when we pulled up to the house, Mom gave us another big welcome. It’s been two years since we last saw Mom and Bob and we really felt like we were home. To our surprise, our tiny house fit nicely in their driveway. After several hours of catching up, Mom cooked a great dinner and we all spent the rest of the evening talking and enjoying being back together again.
Friday, my sister-in-law Chris took the day off (yeah!) and we took a trip to the Art Festival in downtown Anacortes.
We had a great time hanging out together and Chris kept us laughing with her great commentary. It was nice to walk around Anacortes again since our last trip up here was five years ago. It’s a cute town on Fidalgo Island with a rich history and a beautiful downtown. The art festival inspired Gianna, Mom, and Chris.
After a long, warm afternoon of shopping, we headed out of town to the famous Shrimp Shack for some deep fried wonderfulness.
As always, the lines were long, but the food was delicious.
Later Friday evening, we dropped Jessica off at the bus to Seattle so she could catch her plane back to San Jose.
We headed back to Mom’s house to relax and again we enjoyed some great home cooking.
La Conner Washington
On our third day we visited La Conner, another cute small town with lots of nice shops and restaurants.
La Connor also has a very nice brewery so we stopped in to grab a pitcher of beer.
My Brother’s House
On the fourth day we moved to my brother Mark’s house for some more driveway surfing. Mark and Chris live in a great location, just a block from the water with great views from their living room. Mark is a great cook (takes after his Mom) and he cooked eight large Dungeness crabs for a real feast.
After dinner we sat around the fire pit and had a great time sharing stories. As it got dark, we said goodbye to Mom and Bob, Mark, Chris and Ory. It was a great four days visiting our family after two years apart.
The next morning, Mark and Chris headed off to work. Gianna and I started up the RV and headed south to spend the next two days on Whidbey Island.
Heading south from Mark and Chris’ house, we traveled through one of the most beautiful parts of the San Juan Islands. Deception Pass is the narrows between Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island. The water is known for its fast and unpredictable currents. The ¼ mile long, 180 ft. high bridges are a beautiful setting against the water and the island backdrop.
This was a sad but happy moment as we turned south back towards Santa Cruz. Gianna and I did not want to leave our family behind but we know we’ll return to stay much longer next time.
More Family Pictures
Things we learned
- We love driveway surfing with family. It brings us close to family and we have our tiny house to go to at night with no inconvenience to our hosts.
- Washington seems like the perfect place to live. Admittedly, we have not been in Washington during the harsh winter months.
- Buy a $30 annual state park pass, since the daily rate is $10. Visit the parks three times and for the same price, you could have purchased an annual pass.
August 4-8, 2016