Playing at the beach on Whidbey Island
Make sure you catch up on Days 3-4 before reading Days 5-7. 😉
We arrived at our final destination (for 2 days at least), in Oak Harbor, WA. Oak Harbor is the bigger city next to the town that Tim grew up in, Coupeville.
Finding a nice but budget friendly hotel in the area is not the easiest. We settled in at the Coachman Inn and Suites. We loved it there and it definitely felt like our home away from home. The staff was very friendly, offered us a nice continental breakfast in the morning, and gave us a nice sized, comfortable room to sleep in. We really weren’t there long enough to make use of it but our room even had a little kitchenette. The room had plenty of space for the 6 of us.
Here’s a little snippet:
We took advantage of our first non-travel day by sleeping in a bit and getting off to a lazy start. Once we did finally make it out of our hotel room, our first order of business was finding a car wash. After cleaning away the remaining evidence of our bird hit-and-run, we met up with my sister, brother-in-law, and niece.
We spent the majority of the afternoon at Whidbey Island’s beaches, where we skipped rocks, built driftwood forts, collected sea shells, and turned over rocks in search of crabs. You can take the boy out of the island, but you can’t take the island out of the boy.
In between visits to the beach, we stopped at the cemetery where my grandparents are laid to rest. It was my first time visiting my grandfather’s grave. Unlike my previous visits to pay my respects to my grandmother, I felt a sense of peace, seeing both of them together again. It had been far too long for both of them and picturing their reunion makes me smile.
We had a great time there but it was time to start the return trip to Wisconsin. There is only 2 ways on and off Whidbey Island. By ferry or Deception pass bridge. I LOVE the view from Deception Pass. Anyone that travels to WA, I tell them to make sure to visit Whidbey Island and Deception Pass. I made Tim stop on our way off the island so I could take some pictures.
Next stop was the Seattle Woodland Zoo. It is a great zoo. The kids loved it of course. Being in Seattle is fun. This trip, we did not stop and take in the Seattle sites but we have on other trips. The space needle is a really fun experience but not very friendly for the budget. There is a ton to do though in Seattle if you have some extra bucks and time to spare.
You can read the entire post and the rest of days 5-7 here.