veen on the road: visiting kat in washington.

our dear kat moved to washington state in march, and a few weeks ago alex, jeremy, and i flew out to spend a long weekend with her.

kat and brett live in tacoma, so we decided to have one nature day to traipse around a national park and one city day to explore seattle. it was a perfect balance of everything the pacific northwest has to offer, and it’s no exaggeration to say none of us were ready to leave that glorious weather and return to the heat and humidity of memphis.

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hashtag brown girls in nature. washington. september 2019.
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isn’t she a beaut? washington. september 2019.
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my people. washington. september 2019.
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family picture. washington. september 2019.
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so pretty. washington. september 2019.
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in front of the falls. washington. september 2019.
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setting off to sea. washington. september 2019.
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cotopaxi model. washington. september 2019.
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can’t take us anywhere. washington. september 2019.
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holding it together for one picture. washington. september 2019.
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love them. washington. september 2019.

nature day: mt rainier national park.

one of the highights of the area – and there are plenty – is the proximity to three different national parks and countless hiking trails. for our nature day kat chose the spray falls trail at mt rainier national park. after breakfast with brett at honey [that fried green tomato blt!] and a stop at the grocery store to scavenge some food for lunch, off we set for the park.

tacoma was super cloudy when we left, and most of the drive was pretty gloomy, but as soon as we got into the park the skies cleared and we had beautiful views. our first stop was mowich lake to marvel at the crystal clear water and to take lots of pictures of ourselves with the gorgeous backdrop. from there we headed into the forest.

the 2-mile hike out to the waterfall was fantastic. it was a fairly steady up-and-down, with one really tough uphill, and a little over halfway there was a viewing platform to get a look at the mountain. it was a great place to have a breather, and it was a beautiful view.

we made it to the waterfall and created a nice little picnic spot for ourselves, settling in with our snacks right next to the water. we rested our legs and fueled up for the walk back and took some photos with the falls in the background.

by the time we got back to the car and then back home we were all pretty wiped, so we gave ourselves some time to rest and get ready for dinner. we met brett at pacific grill and enjoyed some delicious pasta and seafood and drinks before heading home.

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come join me on my new couch. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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it’s really a wonder that i’m still single. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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brunch happy place. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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bookstores complete me. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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happy crosswalks. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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if you ever lose sight of them, this is where they are. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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so many plants. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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all the flowers. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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sometimes we love each other. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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cloudy skies over the market. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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love these ladies. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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roomies for life. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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miss my kat. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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this was a cool neighborhood. seattle, washington. september 2019.
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work wife. seattle, washington. september 2019.

city day: all around seattle.

on sunday we made our way into seattle [about a 40 minute drive from tacoma], opting to park in capitol hill and wander around. we had a delicious brunch at bar melusine before stopping in at the elliott bay book company. kat had no specific plans after that, so we walked all around the neighborhood and popped into whatever place struck our fancy: we ogled furniture at blu dot, fawned over plants at glasswing greenhouse, and treated ourselves to delicious ice cream at salt & straw.

once we exhausted capitol hill we took off to the pike place market, strolling through the stalls and marveling at everything on offer, especially the [what felt like] miles and miles of flowers.

continuing on our journey we drove past the troll under the bridge [yes, you read that correctly] and made our way to little tin goods & apothecary cabinet in ballard for a drink. once we finished it was over to fremont to check out some goodies at pipe and row and grab a drink at the barrel thief [obviously my choice]. we closed out the night with some delicious thai food at kwanjai and then very slowly made our way back to tacoma.

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the beach at point defiance. tacoma, washington. september 2019.
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looking out at vashon island. tacoma, washington. september 2019.
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such tall trees. tacoma, washington. september 2019.
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if you know what this is, please let me know. tacoma, washington. september 2019.

we packed a lot into our two days in town, including a drive through point defiance park on monday morning before getting ready to head to the airport, a lot of house scoping so that all of us can move in together, and some episodes of it’s always sunny. it was the best weekend i’ve had in a while, and i am already looking forward to our next holiday adventure.

xx

*most photos are mine, but some are borrowed from kat and jeremy, with permission.

**yes, there are lots more pictures from the hike. there will be a full photo dump of those soon, because they’re just so darn pretty.

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