Every 4th of July for many years, I’ve been retreating to Whidbey Island. I pack up my bags, dogs, and head to the inevitable ferry line that is always present on holiday weekends. To get to Whidbey, you take the Mukilteo ferry (north of Everett) which takes you across the water in about 15 minutes to Clinton, on the south end of the island.
It was a beautiful weekend weather wise, although very hot for Seattle in the high 80s-low 90s. I always like to take advantage of all the outdoor activities Whidbey has to offer. The first thing I did was get in a kayak and explore. There were some waves with the wind, but otherwise it was a great day to be out on the water. I like to bring a snack and drink so I can go for as long as I want. You never know what you might see around the island or in the water. I have yet to see a whale unfortunately, although they do pass through the area sometimes!
I have two dogs, so exercising them is important. Running on the beach is probably their favorite activity in life, so I always make sure to let them have plenty of time to do that.
The tide goes out really far at the beach I stay at. Not only does this give the dogs even more freedom to run, but it’s fun to walk out and see the wildlife left behind like tiny crabs in the pools of water left behind or even fish. If it goes far enough, you can see bags of oysters people are harvesting.
The dogs, as well as the rest of us, were pretty tired after the first day of being active.
The second day, my friend came up to meet me for a day of food and wine tasting. We met in the downtown area of Langley, about 10 minutes north of the ferry. It’s only made up of a few streets, but has the cutest shops. There’s everything from dog specialty stores to chocolate-everything stores. We went to Prima Bistro for lunch and got a delicious salad nicoise while overlooking the water.
After wine tasting (more to come on that in my next post), we headed back for a delicious dinner of fresh crab, salmon, salad, potato salad, and marionberry pie. We were stuffed and ready for the fireworks! We enjoyed the view while we waited.
A few families at the end of the beach always put on a spectacular show with almost an hour’s worth of fireworks. We didn’t even buy our own this year, as we knew their show would be good enough. It was spectacular as always and kept us entertained into the night.
It was a great weekend, and I can’t wait until next year. I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July as well!
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