This post was written well in advance of yesterday’s. I’m posting it because in the moment this is how I felt and I feel like it was well written. Obviously things have changed drastically in mine and Nick’s relationship but I do have positive memories and I don’t want to just delete them because things aren’t working out. Please keep that in mind while reading this.
Like I said in my previous post, Nick and I had ourselves a little babymoon. Although we have 2 kids already, we never went on a babymoon for either one and people may not consider our day away a real babymoon but for me it turned out to be exactly what I wanted.
So like I said, right after B left, Nick and I dropped the boys with his parents who had flown in the night before. We quickly went home and packed up so we could hop a ferry to our romantic, relaxing destination. Our plan was to stay at a beautiful bed and breakfast just outside of Port Angeles, that was right on the ocean. It was about a 2 hour drive from Seattle to the B&B through lovely, rural Washington.
The drive felt quick because we didn’t need to stop for anything and when we arrived it was breathtaking. Nick had found this place somehow and said he picked it for 2 things, because it had an award-winning garden and because it had a giant bathtub. The garden was spectacular, complete with an ocean view and a natural pond and waterfall. Could it get any better? Once inside the owner’s greeted us warmly and showed us around the great room and to our bedroom. One of the owners, Dae, had made us chocolate covered strawberries and raspberries and we had an ocean view with our own patio. It was so cozy and romantic. Nick unpacked well I relaxed in front of the giant picture window with the fireplace nicely warming me. We relaxed for a coupled of hours and enjoyed a few of the treats but decided we should head out to dinner soon since it was getting late.
At around 7:30 we headed out to a local Italian restaurant called Bella Italia, in downtown Port Angeles. Die hard Twilight fans may recognize this place as the restaurant Edward took Bella to on their first date, which Nick and I didn’t realize until we read the Yelp! reviews. Nonetheless, the food was amazing. We shared the Grilled Portobello Mushroom and then I got the Tortellini Al Pesto and Nick got the Smoked Salmon Fettuccine. We decided to skip dessert because we were so full and we still had plenty of chocolate strawberries and raspberries.
As we headed out of the restaurant we commiserated on how it would be nice to go into some of the little shops in downtown Port Angeles on the way to the car but how they were all closed because it was so late. But, as luck would have it, right in front of our car was a woman lugging giant sheets of decorative glass into her store. We stopped and looked in the window at all the things she had made and Nick started asking her about it. She said that if we liked we could come in and look around while she put her sheets of glass away. As we perused her shop Nick found a little glass baby cuttlefish. Now, to everyone else this wouldn’t be a big deal but to Nick, it was like winning the jackpot. Nick loves cuttlefish and even wants to get one tattooed on his ribs. So finding that little guy was something we couldn’t pass up. We asked her if we could buy and she said sure but that she wouldn’t charge us tax since her register was closed. We gave her the $20 and Nick was like so happy he thanked the lady at least 5 times. The woman was so nice and she seemed to get a lot of joy hearing Nick talk all about cuttlefish and how much he loves them.
Upon returning to the B&B I decided to utilize that giant tub Nick liked so much. For an early birthday present my sister B got me some Lush products so I decided to drop one of the bath bombs in with me and just relax for as long as the water would stay hot. It was so relaxing and was exactly what my sore back needed.
After the most amazing bath of my life Nick and I decided to cuddle into the giant king size bed and watch Keanu Reeves kill demons in Constantine and fall asleep. The next morning we were up early to shower and join our other B&B mates for breakfast and let me tell you, breakfast was superb. It started with coffee and a variety of fresh squeezed juices, I got the black cherry. Then they served an orange and arugula salad that I was unsure by the sound of it but after trying it was surprised at how well oranges and arugula go together. Then it was on to the main course of backed eggs, back and an apple and date crepe. All of it was so tasty and exquisite. I wish they could make me breakfast everyday!
Checkout time was approaching soon after dinner so Nick packed us up and we rolled out. On our way out-of-town we stopped at a little coffee shake called The Silver Spruce Coffee Company and they had the most impressive coffee I’ve had since moving to Seattle (side note: Seattle does NOT have the best coffee). Thinking about my raspberry mocha makes my mouth water to this day, man I miss it. But alas, it was time to head off to visit the Dungeness Spit. Apparently it is the fast growing spit in the U.S. with about 4 feet of growth per year. When we arrived, we didn’t know we had to pay and left all our money in the car but the nice woman working the park that day let us go for free. I swear the whole trip was filled with small acts of kindness towards Nick and I. It made the whole experience so much more meaningful to us.
We did the half mile hike down to the first viewing area but the view wasn’t very good so I made Nick walk all the way down to the beach with me. He didn’t argue with me since he loves outdoorsy stuff like that. There were giant logs washed up on the sand and it smelled of fishy kelp, which I loved. I would live on the ocean if I could, even though swimming in large bodies of water terrifies me. Making the trek back up to the car wasn’t as pleasant as the walk down but I made it, barely.
While I recovered from the long walk, Nick headed for Port Townsend. We thought we could catch the ferry there and drive through Widbey Island but we didn’t realize how small the ferry would be and that we should have gotten reservations. Once we realized that it would be impossible to make the ferry back we decided to stroll around downtown Port Townsend for a little before heading off to catch the ferry out of Bainbridge Island. Port Townsend probably has the most quaint downtown I’ve ever seen, complete with old stone buildings and underground shops. After a few stops in old book stores and arts shops Nick found a local craft store and bought me some yarn for my knitting stash. We were both still full from our fabulous breakfast so we decided to head out towards Bainbridge so we didn’t miss another ferry. Nick was getting a little stress because we were cutting close so most of the drive I relaxed while he checked Google Maps every 5 minutes and complained about the slow driver in front of us.
Needless to say, all the stressing was a waste because we made the ferry with plenty of time and when we got on and parked we decided we needed food. We headed up to the ferry cafe and grabbed some soft pretzels with cheese, drinks and a few more snacks. It wasn’t the most amazing food but it filled our bellies well enough. The ferry ride from Bainbridge to Seattle is only about 30 minutes so we headed back down to the car after eating and then rolled out into downtown Seattle. We had to drive out to Bellevue to pick up the kids but after it was home to normal life.
Although our babymoon wasn’t a week-long destination trip, it turned out to be pretty amazing and exactly what I wanted. All the kindness from others and time well spent with Nick almost completely unplugged from technology was great. I hope going forward that Nick and I can manage a few more weekend or day trips like this one, just to reconnect and discover new things together.