Apple Picking in Skagit Valley

For the past few years, I've yearned to go apple picking. In my hometown of Virginia Beach, it's a popular fall activity to travel three hours to Charlottesville and pick apples at Carter Mountain Orchard. Despite my desire to go, my schedule was always too busy for the trip. Back in October, Michael and I had the bright idea to find an apple orchard near Seattle, and my dream of picking juicy apples finally came to fruition!

On a gloomy Saturday, we drove an hour and a half North to Jones Creek Farm in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The farm had pumpkins, pears, and a huge variety of apples. We parked at the base of a gorgeous mountain, grabbed two plastic bags from the cashier, and made our way into the orchard.

We had a blast! The weather was perfect, the apples were overflowing and delicious, and we even made small talk with a few fellow visitors. After picking a few pounds each, we made our way to the cashier and paid for our loot.

On our way back to Seattle, we stopped at Eagle Haven Winery to indulge in a wine tasting. We tried so many interesting wines. Blueberry and apple were my favorites! We were the only visitors at the winery, so we were able to converse freely with the bartender. We purchased a bottle of apple wine before heading home.

Our experience at Jones Creek Farm was fantastic. I'm definitely planning on going apple picking at Carter Mountain Orchard this fall!

Bainbridge Island

Back in September, Michael and I took the ferry to Bainbridge Island. We decided to take Michael's car aboard in case we wanted to explore beyond a walkable distance. It was quite a strange sensation driving onto a boat! The trip across Elliott Bay took about 45 minutes. When we arrived, we decided to grab lunch first. We made our way to Hitchcock Delicatessen and shared a delicious sandwich loaded with smoked turkey, figs, and goat cheese. For dessert, we split a "Magic Bar". I have no idea what the bar contained, but it was heavenly. After that, we did some light shopping. Michael ended up buying some Halloween candles, and I resisted the temptation to buy a pair of expensive (but gorgeous!) leather sandals. To top off our afternoon adventure, we splurged on ice cream from Mora Iced Creamery. I ordered pistachio and blackberry, and Michael tried lavender and blueberry cheesecake. The flavors were glorious. We spent a few minutes sitting underneath an umbrella, enjoying our ice cream, and basking in the sunshine. The weather was absolutely perfect that day. Blue, sunny skies and a warm breeze made for an excellent day of adventure. Now that Seattle is experiencing autumn (and constant rain), I'm looking back on my arrival with longing. I miss the sun! There are very few places as beautiful as Seattle in the summertime.

I Moved to Seattle!

Well, the title says it all. I'm officially a temporary resident of Seattle, Washington! I've been living in a duplex in North Seattle for about six weeks now, and I absolutely adore the Pacific Northwest. It's a beautiful corner of the United States, and I'm incredibly grateful for this opportunity.

What am I doing in Seattle, you ask? Well, my visit back in January left me enamored with the Pacific Northwest. I was curious about Washington and what it would be like to move 3,000 miles away from my hometown. In April, I decided I was going to take the plunge by the end of the summer. In August, I shipped three huge boxes of my belongings to Seattle, hopped on a plane with my cat, Opal, and began my adventure! I've been good friends with my roommate, Michael, for almost a decade, and we're thoroughly enjoying exploring the city together. 

I'm only planning to stay in Seattle until Christmas. Since I didn't drive my car out here, I'm going to fly back to Virginia in December. It's difficult being away from my boyfriend, Kyle, and my friends and family, but I know this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so I'm soaking it all in while I can.

So, there you have it! I'm excited to post about some of my adventures in Washington. These next few months are going to be a blast!