I’ve been holed up in my writing cave since the year began, working hard on the fourth and final installment of the Call of the Crow Quartet. Sometimes, when I’m in the thick of a project as intense as this, it’s really hard to come up for air. I’m so tempted to keep going and going until it’s done… but it’s physically impossible to crank out a 400(ish)-page novel without any down time.
So, one recent weekend, my family and I took a spontaneous day trip to Whidbey Island. It’s not far from us, a short drive north followed by a twenty-minute ferry crossing – a perfect getaway from the city.
We had been planning to head over there during spring break of 2020 to check out a restaurant recommended by a friend, but… that trip never materialized, obviously. Almost two years later, we finally made it to Ultra House to try their vegan ramen, which was amazing and definitely worth the trip.
We wandered through the shops and sculpture gardens in Langley for a while. I had forgotten how enjoyable it is to explore cute little boutique stores and unfamiliar towns. So much refreshing novelty after years of sameness!
On the advice of one of the shop owners, we decided to head out to Fort Casey next. We had recently gone camping at Fort Worden, right across the water from Fort Casey, so it was a lot of fun to see the similar structures and beach. There’s something about being able to explore dark abandoned buildings in gorgeous natural settings (even those that are relics of a military past I don’t think of fondly) that I will always find thrilling.
As we rode back on the ferry, we watched a gorgeous sunset against the distant mountains. My phone was dead by that point, so I was unable to get a photo – but I couldn’t imagine a more beautiful end to a beautiful day!