[Lavender Learning]

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May was a busy month between getting back from vacation, band shows, birthdays, and work, so I was happy to get some quality time with my man Memorial Day weekend. He planned us this little road trip up to Sequim, WA to visit with his aunt and uncle, and see their lavender farm. Lavender is a huge deal in Sequim, they’re kind of known for it, but I’ll get to that a little later on.

We got up pretty early, and headed to the ferry. Miraculously, we were the last car on, and didn’t have to wait at all. The ride was fast apparently, I’d never been on this ferry before, I don’t think, and shortly after we exited the ferry terminal, we passed a gas station with weird, creepy trolls. A ways down the road, Peter had this mischevious grin on his face and said there was something he’d been wanting to take a picture in front of for awhile now. As soon as we got to it, I didn’t need him to tell me what it was.

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Still a kid a heart…when it’s appropriate, of course. Which leads me to the next part of our journey, the Olympic Game Farm, where you feed the animals. This is basically a petting zoo on crack, except you can’t really pet the animals, unless you dare. We bought wheat bread, which is the food of choice, although some of the animals didn’t seem that fond of it, and started the driving tour. It was slow going at first until we got to the elk and buffalo areas. Those guys love wheat bread.

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Aren’t they cute little nuggets? Well, maybe not little, and they did slobber all over Peter’s truck, so maybe they’re just nuggets.

 

From the game farm we headed not too far to Peter’s aunt and uncle’s house and farm. Some of the lavender had just begun blooming so the field had a hazy purple coloring to it. With the addition of the rain, it was actually kind of magical. We visited for a little while, and then headed out into the field to see some lavender up close and personal.

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We left and grabbed a late lunch on our way out of town. When we got back to Seattle we took a nap with Doug, and simply enjoyed the rest of the day.

 

– S

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[202] Nocracoke

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Usually on the Thursday of vacation we all take a ferry ride to Ocracoke Island to have lunch at Howard’s Pub. That didn’t happen this year. We headed over to the ferry to find out that there was a 3 hour wait just to get on and that didn’t even include the 45 minute ferry ride. So, needless to say, we didn’t go to Ocracoke. Instead, we spent the day on the beach. (Big surprise, I know.)

– Stephanie

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[106] Overdose…The Good Kind

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THE SUN MAKES ME SO HAPPY. Maybe a little too happy because I think I may have overdosed today. I think everyone who doesn’t see the sun for months has this issue. They see the sun, and they want to inhale and soak it all up. The problem is, their skin hasn’t seen the sun in months either, and they get all kinds of burned. I was lucky enough to go to the Florida Keys in December, and Hawaii in February, so my skin has a very slight base tan which means I did not burn. I can’t say the same for the translucently white girl “tanning” next to me. She went from white to red in the hour and a half I was down at the park. I left when I got a surprise call from my uncle asking if I wanted to go to lunch with him and my little cousin. I had 10 minutes to get back from the park and change out of my bathing suit. I managed to do all that, and we were off to Ivar’s in Mukilteo. We sat outside to enjoy more sun, and delicious foods. The drive back was just as nice, and now I feel ready for a nap, although since it’s 5:45 I probably won’t actually take one.

Here’s to hoping your Saturday was as lovely as mine!

 

– Stephanie

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