This weekend was fantastic with my two girlfriends; Claire and Chiara, coming to visit me (and Bryan!) in Seattle for the long holiday weekend. It was also nice to have Bryan back from his work management retreat as well. Bryan arrived at 7:30pm, just for enough time to have homemade chicken tortilla soup at home and catch up over each other’s weeks, shower, change and then we headed out to the airport to pick up the girls whose flight landed at 10:40 (30 minutes late). Instantly I was in a better, happier mood and we were ready to get the party started! We kicked off the weekend with brewskies and conversation at the Neighbor Lady before heading home after last call to hit the hay to get ready for a fun and busy weekend.
Saturday morning we woke before 9am to pack some quick bags, cloth the girls, and head out for Mt. Rainier National Park! We had our to-go cup of necessary coffee and enjoyed the sunny skies as we set south. An hour into our drive we stopped for a filing breakfast at Charlie’s Cafe in Enumclaw. Delicious breakfast! I chose the cowpie which was a potato, bacon, ham and veggie hash topped with two poached eggs and sausage gravy. Rich but yummy. We continued onto Rainier and then really started climbing as we ascended to the Sunrise Visitor Center on the northeast side of Rainier. By this point the sun was gone and as we climbed up to the trailhead at 6400′ high we had snow (it got dumped two days before our arrival). Nevertheless we packed on the gear, divided up snacks and headed for the trailhead.
The Burroughs Mountain Trail was our plan for the day and we had some fellow hikers along with us but boy was it chilly and windy to start. And that windiness picked up along the way. But the girls were having fun and we were wanting to see Rainier knowing that we were so close to it. We got to the ridge where you could catch some great views of the neighboring peaks but not Rainier. We continued on to First Burroughs, then Second Burroughs, then stopped and talked about what to do. Third Burroughs was another mile and a half and the least tracked part of the trail and the wind was persistent and the clouds on Rainier still weren’t lifting. At this point (3 miles into the trail) we decided to head back, and go the Sourdough Ridge way back. We hadn’t been on the trail long at all when my old roommate Mikayla and her boyfriend Nate from Portland recognized us and we talked with them for a while. They recommended we continue on the way we were going so we did. The way back was way more pleasant. The sun came out offering those breathtaking views we were wanting of Mt. Rainier and the wind was blocked by the ridge we were beneath. The temperatures were higher and super pleasant. We were giddy as we made our way back to the parking lot clocking in at 6 miles roundtrip and about 1200′ of gain. We stopped in the visitors center for a bit before packing back into the Jeep to head back to Seattle eating apples, jerky, M&Ms, and talking intense debate politics (well Bryan and Claire were, Chiara slept and I butted in every once in a while).
We got back to our house at 6:30pm, Bryan watched the last quarter and a half of the awful Texas game against Notre Dame while us girls cleaned up to go out for dinner and drinks. Claire and Chiara requested tacos and margaritas so we decided to head south to the neighborhood of Georgetown to try out Fonda la Catrina that we have heard much about. We arrived around 9pm and had to still wait for a table. We each ordered margaritas and chips and salsa while we waited. We finally got our table and Bryan and I each ordered the chicken mole poblano enchiladas for dinner. It was a good mole but I should have tried the posole and I think the girls thought the tacos were just so-so. We didn’t have great service either so we headed out to move elsewhere. Georgetown was DEAD so we headed back to downtown to Bathtub Gin by request of Claire who I guess had been there with me before. Bathtub Gin was its usual greatness and we were lucky enough to snag one of the only tables and I got my Cain and Abel drink which was delicious like always. We had another great convo and left the bar around 1 to head back home. We all instantly hit the bed after our full day and the hike.
Sundays only plans were to meet up with our friends who were sailing and having lunch in Poulsbo for the day. This worked because Claire really wanted to take the ferry somewhere so that’s what we decided on doing. However, the girls didn’t wake up until 11 and we didn’t leave the house until after noon. We pulled into the ferry terminal headed to Bainbridge and missed the ferry by two cars so we were stuck waiting for another 45 minutes for the next one and our friends were having to leave so we didn’t get to catch them. We still had a great time ourselves. The ferry ride was quite enjoyable, despite the dreary weather and when we arrived to Bainbridge Island we headed straight to Poulsbo, getting to town right around 2pm and headed straight to Tizley’s Europub for lunch. We all ordered Oktoberfest beers and chose to split the family platter. This was a wise choice. We had not eaten and what they brought us was glorious. A HUGE plate filled with the best pork sausage, chicken goulash, pork schnitzle, spatzle, braised red cabbage and two types of mustards. We also ordered a side of their saurkraut which was another great choice. We finished this whole plate! Filled to the gills we headed back out to do some shopping.
The town of Poulsbo is so cute and their stores were so much fun to shop in. The girls bought some gifts for friends and Bryan and I bought a game for our house. We stopped at Mora Iced Creamery and Bryan decided to order their molten lava cake with two scoops of ice cream; dark chocolate mint and peanut butter and chocolate oreo to share. Can you say rich? Can you say delicious? Yes, to both but I was now beyond full. A little after 5pm the stores were shutting down and we were ready to head back to Seattle. We just missed the ferry again! We waited another 45 minutes in the Jeep and then were on our way back across the Sound.
Sunday night was a low-key night in and fabulous. We started out turning on the fire, then watching Donnie Darko, ordered pad thai, pad kee mao and green curry from a takeout Thai restaurant, taught Bryan to play Euchre, played said Euchre successfully, and then started playing music and music videos on the big tv to start our wedding playlist. Claire taught me how to dance to the song Wobble Baby. I had such a great time. We ate the peanut butter and jelly cookies I had made, the caramel corn they brought us from Garrett’s in O’hare and finally called it quits at 1:30.
Our last day was supposed to be a great sunny day and a day spent in Seattle. The girls didn’t ‘wake up again until nearly noon. We left our house just before one, heading out by foot to the Starbucks Roastery and everyone energized and in good spirits. We arrived at the Roastery and it was busy! We managed to grab seats by the window and then placed our order to try a bunch of different brews. All were delicious but my favorite was the Sumatra Tangleberry with milk chocolate and citrus and the cold brew that was dark chocolate and plantain. After we were fully caffeinated we continued on to Pike Place Market.
Another super busy place on this Labor Day! Our plan was to try to sample as many things as we could at the Market. The lines proved to be a great task but after a little over an hour we had a full spread that we took to the waterfront park to sit in the sun, eat and enjoy the views. Our selections included one grilled salmon sandwich from the Market Grill, the chowder sampler pack of four chowders, a half dungeness crab roll, garlic fries, homemade ginger beers, and a curry beef baked bun and a bbq pork steamed bun from the Asian dumpling counter. After a nice rest in the sun we headed back into the market to peruse the artisan tables. Claire and Chiara bought a lot more gifts along the way and really enjoyed the shopping. Our last stop in the Market was to Ellenos greek yogurt for quite possibly my favorite thing in the market. Bryan and I got a cup of the marionberry yogurt to share and it was so creamy and delicious as we walked through downtown. We strolled through Westlake and up Olive Way and finally made it to Caffe Vita for Claire to buy a few bags of beans.
We got an uber to take us the last mile home. We all relaxed a bit and watched some TV. Claire and Chiara packed their bags and then we headed to dinner at Eastlake Bar and Grill. The sun was already set so we chose to sit inside at the bar. I had a delicious salmon dinner and after dinner we broke out the cards to play a few more games of Euchre before we had to leave for the airport. Finally it was time and we set out. We said our goodbyes and Claire and Chiara headed on their way back east.
It was a fantastic weekend spent with two of my favorite people and I do really wish that I could hang out with them all of the time. Bryan greatly enjoyed their visit as well!