Summer most definitely came to Seattle this weekend!  I was determined to spend as much time out in the sunshine as possible.  After getting up early and walking 5.5 miles around Greenlake with Casey, Sarah and I headed to Golden Gardens for an afternoon at the BEACH!

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Until we drove over there yesterday, I had no idea that something so gorgeous was hiding just ten short minutes from my house.  Literally breathtaking.

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While the pictures are pretty, they do no justice to actually sitting there and taking it all in.

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The grass and beach were filled with families, dogs, picnickers, sunbathers, adorable babies, and everyone else in Seattle.

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The sun was hot, but there was a wonderful cool breeze coming off the mountains.  It was perfect.

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This was my first of many days exploring the Seattle beaches, and I can’t wait to try out all of the others.  I feel so lucky to live somewhere so beautiful!

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After a long day in the sun, we cooled down back at the house before heading out for a delicious dinner with Casey.  We tried a new (to us) spot in Fremont called Chiso for vegetarian sushi!

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Starting with edamame…

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And a veggie tempura appetizer.  My favorite was the eggplant!

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Casey got some sort of yummy vegan veggie and rice bowl.

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While Sarah and I split a few sushi rolls!

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Sarah was a fan of the tempura onion ring.

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One of the things I missed the most when I stopped eating fish was sushi.  Vegetarian sushi is the perfect substitute!

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A perfect end to a perfect Seattle day.