Vacationing in the Northwest–A Photo Collage

We just returned from a 10-day trip to Washington state with our good friends, Steve and Joan.

seattle post- group photo

We flew to Seattle, rented a car, hit the road, walked a lot….and rested occasionally.

modes of travel in Seattle

Not surprisingly, rain came frequently and fog shrouded the mountains. Sunshine was rare but judging from the sign, greatly appreciated by everybody.


The food was beautiful at Pike’s Place Market. The peaches and tomatoes tasted as good as the ones I remember from the farm in Indiana. We had several delicious meals but most were fairly simple. Can’t believe I didn’t take pictures of the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches we carefully constructed on our laps in the car. Thankfully, they taste better on vacation than at home.

Seattle food_edited-1

One of my goals was to eat an authentic Nanaimo Bar while in Canada. I found one. I ate it. Now I would love to make it. If you have a tried and true recipe, please advise.

Nanaimo Bar

We smelled, we touched, we gazed, we hugged. It’s easy to admire God’s creation.

God's beauty_edited-1

We were thrilled to see God’s creatures up close–large and small.

God's creatures_edited-1

And we took pictures of everything. (Aren’t you glad I just picked a few to show you?)

using cameras_edited-1

Our favorite stops included the Boeing factory, Mount Rainier, Mount St. Helens, Victoria Island, Hurricane Ridge and the Flight museum.


My personal highlight was eating at Delancey, a restaurant whose beginning and first year in business are chronicled on Orangette, one of my favorite food blogs. I actually got to meet Molly for a brief moment. I was not disappointed.


These pictures speak for themselves…some things are hard to leave at home. I will always remember this vacation as the trip of Angry Birds and Words with Friends. (If you don’t know what those are, ask a friend with an iPhone.)

computer use_edited-1

Vacations remind me that memories with special friends (including our own spouses) are precious.


To Steve and Joan: Let’s do it again next year. Maybe somewhere warm and sunny? love, paula

Email This Post Email This Post Share Follow me on Pinterest

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Pat McKinley February 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Here it is 2012 and all of the above comments were in 2010! Something I don’t know about?
Anyway, the shot of “admiring God’s creations” caught my eye when I sw the tree trunk with the knot holes that look like a couple of eyes staring at you! I happen to be creating an album of “Trees, Espcially Trunks” with my camera and computer. So thank you for sharing that great one with us.


Paula February 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

Hi Pat, Yes, what an interesting idea for a collection. I went back (because it has been awhile as you noted) and looked at that post and it was great fun to reminisce and take note of that cool tree. pr


mike October 9, 2010 at 10:28 am

Why didn’t you tell me you were going? I spent 13 years in Seattle – and loved every minute! SO GLAD you visited that region! I could go on and on – but loved the rain, it’s such a wonderful area, lush, etc. The market, Victoria island – there’s SO much to see! Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves and also looks like you found the good places to visit (there are so many more). Deception Pass…. if you go back visit there.. it’s stunning!


alutzu @ CornerParadise September 25, 2010 at 9:44 am

congratulations for this picture…


M.J. Jacobsen September 24, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Glad you had a great time in my state! I’ve lived here all my life, and still find it magical! (like the Pike Place Market!!)


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit September 22, 2010 at 11:33 pm

I’d like one of those Nanaimo bars please! Your trip looks like it was fun. 🙂


Lynne September 22, 2010 at 6:05 am

What a wonderful trip with your friends! I have only been to Seattle via the airport, but have always wanted to go to the Pike Market. Your photos are a perfect travelogue.


Margaret September 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Looks like you all had a great time. Fun with family!!


Mimi September 21, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I love your pictures, it looks like a fabulous trip.
Try the daring bakers web site for nanaimo bars, it was a challenge last year.


Ann Hastings September 21, 2010 at 11:16 am

Thanks for sharing, looks like y’all had a great time… glad you were able to enjoy good food, good company and great views!


Leslie September 20, 2010 at 7:27 pm

What a beautiful post! It looks like your vacation was a trip to savor and remember!


Christina Lee September 20, 2010 at 12:15 pm

I love all your pictures!
That top one is definitely frame worthy!
Looks like y’all had fun—would love to see Washington State some day…


Susie September 19, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Thanks for sharing some highlights from your trip!


Steve September 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

We sure had fun! Thanks for going even when it was cooler than you like! It’s just not good to warm up a glacier 😉



Paula September 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Uh….good point Steve!


Jill September 19, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I made this recipe for Nanaimo Bars and it was really good: But I don’t have anything to compare it to because I didn’t eat a Nanaimo Bar when I was in Nanaimo. Doh!


Paula September 20, 2010 at 6:05 am

Thanks for the link Jill. I checked out the recipe. Wow! The butter! Maybe I should just enjoy them when I go to Canada. 🙂 What did you do for vanilla powder? Did you use the European cultured butter?


Jill September 20, 2010 at 6:08 pm

They are definitely not something to eat on a daily basis! I used regular American unsalted butter and instant vanilla pudding for the custard powder. I used chocolate chips for the top layer, but they didn’t melt and spread well, so I’d recommend regular chocolate.


Nancy Collins September 19, 2010 at 9:29 pm

What a fun vacation! Have you ever seen taller trees? We were amazed when we visited that area. Happy Belated Birthday!


Paula September 19, 2010 at 10:05 pm

You are right Nancy, the trees were amazing. Thanks for the birthday wishes. Looking forward to seeing you soon.


Sandy September 19, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Hey Paula,
I am glad you all had such a good and memorable time. By the way, happy belated birthday.
I noticed right away the reflection of the man taking the photo that reflected on the blade of grass. How did that happen??? Interesting! Thanks for sharing your trip.


Paula September 19, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Sandy, you win some kind of award for being most observant. That picture was taken with a camera on a timer so I couldn’t figure it out. Turns out Steve had removed the man from another part of the picture and he accidentally showed back up in the grass. I fixed it.


Megan September 19, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Looks like a great vacation! I love the Northwest, it’s a beautiful place. I live in Vancouver so we often take roadtrips down to Washington and Oregon Coast. My parents live in Nanaimo, so I’ve gotten to sample Nanaimo bars from the source too! They’re great, but you know, I don’t think I have a good recipe for them. Maybe my parents do, I’ll have to ask them.


Iva Nell Kemp September 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm

How special! Glad you four had a wonderful time!! Our love to you all!!! Iva Nell and David


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: