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Fast Times with Kim and Mark

This 4th of July weekend went by super quick.  It also really sneaked up on me with our guests, Mark and Kim, getting in on Wednesday night before the weekend began.  But here is a recap of the great times we had with those two over the holiday weekend.

After we picked them up at the airport around 10pm on Wednesday night we headed back to our place, made a spread of snacks, opened a bottle of wine and sat, ate, drank and chatted on the back deck until only about 1 am.  Ooof I had to work the next day so that was a bit rough.

Thursday I worked until about 3:30 pm while Bryan drove Mark and Kim around Seattle and to downtown for lunch.  By 4 pm we had the Jeep packed up and we were on the road headed north to Anacortes to catch the ferry to the San Juan Islands.  There was heavy traffic and it was super hot out but we got to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal with time to spare and got on our reserved 7:20 pm ferry to Orcas Island.  Once on the ferry we got a bite to eat from the cafeteria and then Kim broke out her camera for our planned photo shoot on the ferry.  We walked around the ferry taking in all of the awesome scenery and posing for Kim.  We actually had a blast taking the photos with her and with Mark as her assistant.  We pulled into the ferry dock on Orcas just before 9 pm and drove to our reserved campsite at the West Beach Resort.  We got there at the prime of sunset so we checked in got a cup of ice cream made from the Lopez Island Creamery, ate that by the fire on the beach and then had some of their free popcorn at sunset.  It was so pleasant and peaceful and to top it off we hit up the hot tub after the sun had set before going to bed in our tents.

Sneak peak of photos from the ferry.
Sneak peak of photos from the ferry.
Candid shot of us sharing ice cream on Orcas Island at sunset.
Candid shot of us sharing ice cream on Orcas Island at sunset.

Friday morning we slept in and then packed up camp and headed into Eastsound for brunch.  We went to Rose’s Bakery and Cafe and boy was this a dynamite meal.  I got the crispy polenta cakes with a poached egg, sauteed greens, and a super delicious spicy ranchero sauce.  Best breakfast I have had in awhile and certainly filled me up.  We stopped at the store for groceries.  We then headed to our kayak rentals on the north shore.  We checked in, got a debriefing, struggled fitting all of our gear into the two double kayaks and finally set forth for Sucia Island three miles to the north.  We left at slack tide and the current was strong but the winds and waves were very manageable.  We made great time and found Shallow Bay only about an hour later.  We selected a campsite, unloaded our kayak, snacked and then got back in the kayak to explore.  We kayaked around the island to Echo Bay where we took a long break to take in the beautiful views of the water and Mt. Baker.  We then continued kayaking around and headed back to camp.

Amazing breakfast!
Amazing breakfast!
Our first day's paddling trip of 7.34 miles.
Our first day’s paddling trip of 7.34 miles.
Mark and Kim having fun.
Mark and Kim having fun.
Me getting close to the purple starfish.
Me getting close to the purple starfish.

After setting up camp we made beef tacos on the beach which were delicious.  After dinner we hiked a little over a mile to Fox Cove to catch a stellar and long sunset before hiking back, watching the Bellingham fireworks from afar and then hitting the hay.

Bryan enjoying a solitary paddle in the bay.
Bryan enjoying a solitary paddle in the bay.
Our 2.5 mile sunset hike loop.
Our 2.5 mile sunset hike loop.
Beautiful sunset in Fox Cove.
Beautiful sunset in Fox Cove.

Saturday was a very adventurous day.  It started with us sleeping in and taking our time packing up camp and eating freeze dried breakfasts of egg scrambles.  We packed up the kayaks one last time and headed out of Echo Bay.  The first mile or two was calm in the bay and then we headed out to the crossing back to Orcas Island.  The winds and currents are the worse at 11 am and that was just about when we were crossing them.  Our friends were in front of us and didn’t know that we intended to wait in one of the bays until about 1 pm to cross.  They went for it so we had to too.  It was awful.  The water was so rough and choppy that Bryan and I were starting to get a little freaked out ourselves but we managed to fight the current and keep ourselves in the clear of the really bad stuff.  Mark and Kim however got right in the middle of it.  We had our eye on them but were no where near them.  Just as Bryan and I were out of the really awful part of it and bilge-pumping the water out of our boat, we see Kim flagging down a boat with cries for help.  Knowing that the boat had seen them and they would be okay we kept going because we were still a distance from shore.  By the time Bryan and I got to shore our arms were exhausted and we were both relieved for us but not knowing how Mark and Kim were doing.

Our intense trip back to base.
Our intense trip back to base.

Mark and Kim were picked up by the boat after their kayak had capsized and they were in the cold water for approximate 7 minutes.  They called for the kayak rentals dinghy to come get them off of the boat because they were worried about possible hypothermia (the air was so hot but the water is still cold).  Once ashore they had an ambulance and several police cars at the scene to help them.  They wrapped them in blankets, took their temperature, blood pressure and heart rate.  After that whole process they deemed them in good health and the kayak was finally towed to shore, with Kim’s several thousand dollar camera inoperable.  She was a bit of a wreck, understandably and we were all pretty shaken up from it all.  We pushed forward.  It was just after 2 pm and the next ferry didn’t depart until 5:15 pm so we bought a huge bag of rice at the store for Kim’s camera, got extremely good coffees at Brown Bear Cafe and then got a great lunch at The Kitchen, a fast Asian cuisine restaurant with an expansive patio.  We continued the splurge with ice cream from Marmie’s by the ferry terminal before boarding.

We were all pretty spent on the ferry and that was a good time for us all to rest and decompress.  We were off the ferry by 6:30 pm, back in Seattle by 8:00 pm, changed and ready for dinner at Eastlake Bar and Grill at 8:30 pm, grabbed the Uber SUV with the four of us plus a cousin and his wife and brother-in-law that Bryan had never met and off to the restaurant.  We all got drinks and food and finished just before the Seattle fireworks show on South Lake Union began at 10:15.  It was an excellent show and we had an excellent view of it, complete with several honking boats on the lake below.  We ubered back to the house, had another drink and were again in bed around 1:30 am.

Seattle fireworks show!
Seattle fireworks show!

Sunday morning was our last day with Mark and Kim and the last day of our long weekend.  We had more pictures to take so we headed off to the Pike Market and the Seattle waterfront.  We took pictures for about an hour then headed up to Bhy Krake Park in Queen Anne to take our last photos.  We headed back to our neighborhood for brunch at Bing’s.  We shared one last good meal with them before grabbing their bags and taking them to the airport.  We said our goodbyes and headed home where Bryan promptly fell asleep on the couch.

We rounded Sunday night out with a walk to Grocery Outlet, making a great dinner together to eat on the deck and then riding my scooter downtown to watch Mad Max in the theaters.

Great weekend and can’t want to get all of our pictures!!!

Chelsea

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