7/16/13

Friday Harbor. San Juan Island

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On the deck of the ferry we wrapped ourselves in warm sweaters and settled in for the ride to Friday Harbor. Jonas tossed the hood of his sweatshirt over his head and curiously gazed out over open ocean waters. Jess let her hair blow in the wind and I could smell the scent of sea water as wisps of my own hair floated in front of my face.

The smell of ocean mist warms my heart.
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There are moments in life when you are able to catch a glimpse of pure happiness. Sitting on a friend's dock in silence, watching the joy of children as they splash in warm lake waters, listening to the soft sounds of summer.

When you step away from the hustle and bustle of our every day lives you tend to open your eyes a bit wider. You tend to see the world around you in a new light, you see those around you with a new love and you view yourself a little differently. Perhaps a little better, perhaps with a little more respect.

I want to share my vacation with you, share each and every experience, but I've had a hard time putting those memories into words. I am at a loss of how to describe the beauty of the island. The richness it holds, it's history, it's depth. It's like a new found treasure that I want to tightly hold in my hands. Tuck under my bed and not tell a soul. I don't want to share my secret because a part of me feels if I share it may be lost forever. I used my camera as my eyes. As I captured each moment I thought that perhaps I wouldn't need words. Maybe the photos would speak for themselves.

These photos are from our first day. A long plane ride across country, a drive from Seattle to Anacortes, a ferry ride to Friday Harbor. We settled into our new "home" and headed over to our friend's house to swim in the warm lake and enjoy local food and good wine.

Even thought our first day had some bumps in the road it still ended on the side of perfection. Unfortunately, Josh left "Guy" (his stuffed giraffe and best friend) in Seattle, Jonas was stung by a wasp on the head, and Josh sliced open his leg and probably needed stitches. But as parents, it's our job to set the mood. It's our job to smooth out those bumps in the road, and when you are surrounded by such beauty and nature it's not too hard to do.

I'll be dedicating the next week (or so) to our trip. Sharing photos and thoughts and dreaming of heading back to the island one day.

I've also decided that we need a slide like this coming off our roof and into a pond! Can you believe our friend Beau built this house!


9 comments:

  1. I love Friday Harbor, we went there for our anniversary this year. Love these photos, you did capture the essence of summer in photos. That slide is amazing too!

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    1. That's awesome you've been there! My husband worked there for a summer back when he was in college. What an amazing island. I'm ready to move :)

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  2. I'm so glad you had so much fun here... SO sad about his giraffe. That's devastating! Ugh. But that slide is insane! Did you go down it??

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  3. This place looks like absolute bliss! Amazing!! Your photos are stunning! I want to move into that house right now! :)

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  4. these photos! So amazing, looks like such a fun day! and that slide! jealous

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  5. ummmm this looks like an absolutely PERFECT vacation!!!! are you kidding me?! that house!!! so fun! can't wait to see more pictures!

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  6. that house is amazing. that slide off the roof.... awesome!! can't wait to see more and i know what you mean about not wanting to necessarily share all of your wonder secrets.

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  7. beautiful photos of your family and scenery. It looks like such a relaxing, peaceful place!

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  8. What great photos, it looks like you guys had a great time near (and in) the water! I love the pictures from the docks.

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