Easter Weekend in Olympia
It's been awhile since our last get-away on ISOS so Easter Weekend provided a great opportunity to put something on the books. As you know in the PNW, you plan rain or shine and hope you catch a few lucky sun breaks. It wasn't looking so hopeful on the forecast though so we prepared for the worst and were delighted that, as usual, the forecast was wrong.
After a quick breakfast at Bay Cafe Fisherman's Terminal, our crew was off and course was set for Olympia, WA. Navigating to this southern most point in the Puget Sound was a first for us and took about 6 hours of navigation at variable cruising speed of 10-18 knots. A little mariner slang for those of you playing along.
We had a gorgeous cruise down but I went below for part of Totes' nap to snuggle and snooze myself so I missed the new views (but caught them on the way back). We arrived in the late afternoon with just enough time to settle in, get Totes on dry land for a bit to stretch his sea legs and then get ready and off to dinner. Luckily our little man has adapted to a later bedtime to fit our lifestyle so we can maintain a reasonable dining schedule with our friends on these occasions.
Here were the highlights of our trip:
Dining Out Dinner at the Water Street Cafe that evening was perfect for our group. Their private dining alcove allowed us to have a closed off room so Totes didn't have to be in his high-chair the whole time but stayed confined to our area. Happy mom! Saturday evening, another great dinner at Basilico Ristorante that served a very delicious and traditional Easter meal.
Exploring Saturday was a perfect day to be outside. We took Totes for a test run in his new bike trailer and he loved it! After a quick jot around the parking lot, he signed "more", and so we did. It was off to the Olympia Farmer's Market for all of us. If you have a chance to catch this market (they are open year round on the weekends with additional days/hours through the summer months), it was great! We all indulged in fresh market apples and local pastries while my husband threw back a half dozen raw Olympia oysters for breakfast... although I love raw oysters, I wasn't quite ready for something that rich so I picked out some tulips and local Johnson Berry Farms' Tayberry Jam for Easter morning. The live music was festive, Totes loved dancing for everyone's attention. We should have stayed longer but since our time was limited we went off to explore the rest of the area. We didn't make it up to the State Capitol building. Maybe next time when he's a little older and more interested in his surroundings. I love finding small shops of home accessories, stationary or clothing to get a little memento of these visits so we popped into Compass Rose on Capitol Way for a few keepsakes.
We had just enough time in the morning for a Skype session with our family in Italy before heading out early enough to catch the high tide.
Until next time!