March marks eight wonderful months of expat life in the USA.
Time is passing way too quickly, and the list of places I want to visit while here continues to grow.
Unfortunately, many of my grand plans for March came crashing down due to a flu that would just not quit. Much of the month was spent under a doona in recovery mode, but I was able to creep out of my Golem cave every now and then to do something other than blow my nose.
Finding Fremont – the centre of the universe
Seattle is a city of neighbourhoods, yet until March I had barely stepped beyond downtown, Capitol Hill and Lower Queen Anne.
Spending the weekend in Fremont was a fantastic decision. We rented a cute Airbnb apartment, and spent two days wandering through the galleries, parks, cafes and breweries that make this suburb famous. And of course, we saw the troll. Fremont treated us to two of the best meals we’ve had this year (lookin’ at you, Revel and Agrodolce) and there is definitely more whiskey to be drunk at 9 Million in Unmarked Bills. We’ll be back.
Ballard Beers & BBQ
With Tom and I both scheduled to be away for his April birthday, we celebrated early. Planning a weekend around his favourite things: local beer and BBQ, we brewery hopped through Ballard and soaked up the carbs with southern delights at Bourbon & Bones.
It wasn’t all overindulgence: we also had side trips to see the Ballard Locks, Botanic Gardens, and the Sunday farmers market.
Snowshoe Adventures in Olympic National Park
Trying new things is always on my agenda. In March I tossed the skis aside and strapped on a different set of footwear: snow shoes! Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park was the ultimate introduction to the sport. Snowy vistas, a little sweat and a lot of fun!
Port Angeles surprises
Our base for snowshoe adventures was the very unexpectedly cool town of Port Angeles. Wine bars, craft breweries, organic cafes and boutiques kept us occupied for the remainder of the weekend. I’m still dreaming about the coconut pancakes at New Day Eatery. Washington’s small towns offer so much more than what you’d believe.
New local find: Penn Cove Taproom
While my aforementioned flu meant I couldn’t make it to Coupeville’s famous Musselfest, I got my dose of my favourite Whidbey town this month thanks to my disorganisation with ferry times. With no reservation to take us to the Olympic Peninsula from Whidbey Island, we were faced with either waiting five hours in line with hopes to get on an earlier ferry, or book a spot on the last scheduled ride of the day at 9:10pm.
Not one for crowds or long waits, we booked the latter and set off to make the most of our extra hours. After seal-spotting at Fort Casey and wandering the beach by Ebey’s Landing, we settled in at the newly opened Penn Cove Taproom. Showcasing many of Washington’s great craft brews, along with a growing range of tasty bites, you’ll definitely want to put this on your list if you make it to Coupeville. The crew have plans to grow to become a brewery and meadery, so there are more great things to come. I forgot to take some photos while there (too busy drinking delicious beer) so use your imagination or check out their website to see more!
What’s up next:
April brings very exciting plans in my world… my sister is coming to visit!! Well, she’s actually embarking on her own US adventure. I’ll be meeting her mid-April for 10 days in Boston and New York, before she sets off on a cross-country camping trip with TrekAmerica!
Expat Escapades is a new series here at Live Recklessly. Each month I’ll recap my latest adventures in the USA, new Seattle favourites in food/drink/culture/activities, and uncover more of Anacortes and the Pacific Northwest region.
If you have any suggestions of where I should visit, let me know in the comments below!
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