Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Guemes Island Trip

The Four "S"es went to Guemes Island and stayed in The Little Yurt in the Big Woods. And had a wonderful time! Susan found a little resort on Guemes that had cabins and yurts for rent. We opted for a 20 foot in diameter yurt and it turned out to be a wonderful choice. We were very comfortable, the yurt was fun and cozy and a grand time was had by all.
Our first stop on the trip north to Guemes was the Snow Goose produce stand, on the road to La Conner from Conway. Besides selling some really great ice cream cones, Snow Goose offers lots of produce, packaged jams and honeys, a selection of cheese and my favorite, Indian Candy (belly strips of smoked King salmon). Ummmmmmmm....yummy! I would really rather eat Indian Candy than real candy!The two Sandy/Sandi's shopping at Snow Goose.

Our next stop was the Rexville Grocery, also on the road to La Conner. If you ever have a chance, do stop in at Rexville as they offer a mind boggling selection of import foods---and cheese---and wine. It's a fun and funky place and well worth a look. The planter box out in front of Rexville Grocery is always cheerfully planted and inside you will find several shelves of hot sauces from all over the world....

Then we headed north and west to Anacortes for lunch. I insisted that we eat at Adrift, my new most favorite place in Anacortes to eat. (I commented on Adrift in an earlier post, please see hyperlink above.) I love everything about Adrift, even the menu's bad puns. See below:After lunch we headed to the Guemes Island ferry (located right down at the north end of town, just a few short blocks west of Commercial) and had a short wait before our five minute crossing. The Guemes Island Resort is at the north end of the island and it's a lovely little spot, sheltered by tall, tall trees. There are small cabins and four yurts, a rocky beach for walking, small skiffs and kayaks for the guests' use and a friendly and helpful staff. It's low key and just our style and we felt at home immediately. and believe me, we made ourselves at home in our yurt in very short time. I have to be honest and admit the that four of us do not travel lightly! It's not that we all pack a lot of clothes, but we do have our comforts....liquor, wine, cheese, smoked salmon, grapes, tomatoes, crackers and on and on and on. And games and books and gifts for each other. We never did play a game and no one sat around reading during out two day stay as we were too busy chatting and walking on the beach and exploring the island.

Our Little Yurt in the Big Woods.

Susan and Sandy explore our new "home.

The view from the beach, early morning.

We spent one day just roaming about the island. We went to the cemetery and looked at all the old gravestones. (Earliest birth date I found was 1839!) We had a huge breakfast at Anderson's Grocery and checked out all the goodies available there. Would you believe Mexican chocolate?! We found a beautiful little valley, lush and green, with a scenic barn and ripening blackberries.

We even found a crow tree!

And there are signs that autumn is around the corner----leaves turning bright colors, rose hips swelling large and just beginning to color up and the blackberries are almost ready.

I am so grateful to have these warm, loving, funny, kind and giving women in my life. We have such fun, we talk of so many subjects, we have so many points of view and life experiences to share and we like each other so much. They are just the best. I hope, Dear Reader, that you have friends who are as dear to you as these wacky women are to me.

1 comment:

Nicole Austin said...

Hi Michele,

It was nice meeting you at Convenzione! I love this post--you're right, there's nothing like good friends who just understand you and are there for you like no one else. I have two best friends that I've known since high school and I couldn't imagine my life without them. I love the photos in this post--so full of color and so detailed. Thanks for sharing. :)

Nicole Austin