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Taking time away from the computer this summer has been WONDERFUL!

All I wanted was to take a few breaths of warm summer air without worrying about deadlines or constantly having a mile-long to-do list. I’ve been using my time to sew, grow a little vegetable garden, take care of our house, and actually read a book or two.

And take a vacation! Oh my word! We haven’t been on one since our honeymoon, so taking a trip to Victoria, BC, was 5 years overdue.

It started off with a train ride to Seattle, Washington, where we poked around town at a few well-known spots. In one clothing store, my heart about broke. It was filled, floor-to-ceiling, with amazing antique Singers and other sewing machines as a display. I almost couldn’t handle it. It felt like I was watching one of those Sarah McLachlan animal abuse commercials, and I needed to take all of the machine home with me and tell them it was going to be okay. After Rob convinced me to stop petting the machines like a lunatic, we walked over to the waterfront and looked in a couple of antique stores. We didn’t buy anything, but I did find a creepy little doll I wanted to send to my mom. She’s lucky he was $40, or his tiny jacked-up ceramic face would be watching her sleep every night. In my defense, she gave me a creepy clown for Christmas, so she knows it’s coming.

We walked around Pike Place and smelled some amazing food and flowers, but we had to leave when I started to feel claustrophobic. How does anyone shop there?!

If you do live in Seattle, or you’re going there to visit, you should go eat at Guanaco’s Taco’s. Maybe it was because I was already fairly drunk, but that pupuseria was soooooo goooood, even if the restaurant itself wasn’t a 5 star place. Who doesn’t think, “I would give my left arm for a MASSIVE MEXICAN FEAST RIGHT NOW” after a few good beers?

The next morning we hopped on a ferry and skirted off to Victoria. The ride was cold, gray, and took about three hours to complete. But once we got to Victoria, it was sunny and beautiful, and we took a taxi to our lovely B&B, the Prior House Inn. See the little archway underneath the front porch? That’s where the original owner used to keep his cannon (not a sex joke), and it was the entrance to our cozy room.

We should have sat in the garden and read, but there was so much to see! Next time we go, I’m sure we’ll spend more time lounging, but with things like Craigdarroch Castle only a 5 minute walk away, we couldn’t resist exploring.

I will admit I almost photoshopped giant bushes over the people and cars. There’s something that really bugs me about having people I don’t know show up in any photos I take. The Pike Place pictures? Yep, bothers me. The photo below, of the castle stairs? There was a woman looking over the railing right at the camera, but I edited her out. TAKE THAT, WEIRDO.

The next morning we had a cab drop us off at Beacon Hill Park, where I avoided the peacocks at all costs. If it makes a noise like something from Jurassic Park, then in my mind it will try to chase you down at some point. Peacocks have talons, people. TALONS.

We found our way to a rocky beach and climbed around, finding crabs, urchin, and a few good vantage points.

The next thing on our list was to go see the Emily Carr house, which I was dying to go in. I love, love, love old houses, but we were met with a big fat CLOSED sign when we got there. *insert sad violin solo here*

So we continued walking around Victoria, seeing the Empress Hotel, Parliament, and going to the Royal BC Museum.

Then we had a long exhausting walk back to the Inn, where we collapsed until dinner time. The next morning, we hopped on the ferry back to Seattle, and all we did when we got there was go to a movie. It was quite tiring for being a vacation!

  • Looks like so much fun!!!

    And I totally agree with you about pike place, I want to like it, everyone says how awesome it is, but it just makes me nervous and claustrophobic and slightly sweaty.

    If you’re ever in Seattle again, do shoot me an email, I’d love to meet you and show you around!


    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who freaks out in there! And yes, I would love for you to be my tour guide! Hopefully we’ll make it up there soon and I can steal that peach jam….

  • Adam Bouse

    100% gorgeous. Envious of you guys and your trip. But glad someone is out doing those sorts of things!

    • It was sooo beautiful! You’ll get back out there soon, and then maybe your first trip can be to see us. We’d love to show you around Portland!

  • Aunt Linda

    Beautiful pictures – sounds like a great trip! Glad to have you back – missed your updates:)

    • Haha- thanks, Aunt Linda! Mom was giving me all kinds of crap about posting:

      “Hmmm… let’s see…. yep, still that same jam post. Aren’t you going to put something new up soon? I’m tired of this.”

      • Aunt Linda

        We just enjoy your way of expressing yourself – it’s so entertaining:)

  • I always feel like I’m missing something when I go to Pike’s Place. Maybe it is breathing room.

  • Koala

    I feel like you are misleading your dear devoted readers. We all know that Amy and “a few beers” never go in the same sentence.

    • FINE. ONE BEER. That felt like 3. In memory of you, it was the same kind I had a the Peach, although I poured it into the glass much more gracefully this time.