What a weekend – one of our best yet. It started as any weekend should – with pancakes. Perfect, fluffy pancakes topped with strawberries and syrup.
And then we loaded up our car and headed out to West Seattle. How did it take me an entire year to get here?
It was our first weekend of gorgeous summer weather, so we decided to head to Alki Beach – a spot I have been hearing about since we moved here. West Seattle has some of the most spectacular views I’ve seen out here, with a gorgeous city scape on one side…
And breathtaking mountains on the other. Incredible.
I am cheesy and lame, but I get so excited for Cullen that he is able to grow up in such an awesome place.
Our original plan was to get there early and go for a run along the beach path (hence the workout clothes). It turned out there was a big pirate festival at the beach on Saturday, so we sat in a lot of traffic and had to park pretty far away. So our run turned into a very long walk, which was just as well as it was pretty crowded on the path.
As we walked and soaked in the surroundings, Casey spotted a bald eagle on the beach! A year later and I’m still in awe of the Northwest landscape and wildlife. Very cool.
Being around the mountains typically leads to me stopping and taking no less than 300 photos.
I just never want to forget all this good stuff.
We walked all the way up to the beach,which turned out to be a 2.5 mile stretch from where we parked. Our plan was to throw down a blanket and hang out for a bit, and for some reason I assumed we’d be able to rent an umbrella. The sun was blazing and hot, and with no umbrellas in sight, we realized we’d need a shadier spot for Cullen.
We ended up walking back along the path until we found a grassy spot under a big tree. I think we were all ready for a break!
Before we left, I packed a huge five pound bag of cherries that we picked up the night before at our market. Thank god we had them – we were all starving from walking so far without any lunch in our bellies. The three of us crushed the whole bag. Tis the season.
We sat for a bit to give Cullen a break from the stroller and let him climb and crawl around. If it weren’t for being really hungry, I could have sat there all day.
Eventually we packed up and headed back to our car – a total of over five miles walked along the waterfront. My legs were feeling it! We drove over to Chaco Canyon – one of our favorite Seattle restaurants. This was our first time trying their West Seattle location, and I was surprised that it was much larger and even had a kids’ play area! Too bad our “kid” was way too pooped to play. He rarely sleeps in his car seat, but our afternoon outside had him wiped.
Casey got the Mighty Mo-Fo – 0ur take on a reuben sandwich with housemade seitan, sauerkraut, mustard, cucumbers, sprouts.
Sarah went with the THC – molasses wheat bread with housemade garlicky hummus, smoked paprika tempeh bacon, vegenaise, cucumbers and sprouts.
And since I hadn’t already had enough cherrries for the day, I got the Cherry Chutney Pizza – a savory raw pizza topped with curry cherry chutney, fresh sprouts, our savory cashew cheese, and dehydrated tamari date onion rings.
With a side of Thai Mushroom Soup. Both were absolutely delicious. I think I could have eaten three or four more of these pizzas.
We got home just in time for Cullen’s dinner. The weather was so nice I couldn’t stand to be inside. I dragged the high chair onto our patio and we all dined al fresco! Plums and sweet potatoes for him…
And homemade Revel bowls for us (a play off my favorite restaurant dish). Sesame oil brown rice, crispy blackened tofu, spiced mushrooms and kale – all topped with a drippy egg. A slightly labor intensive meal, but so so worth it.
Sea Salt dark chocolate Theo for dessert.
Such a fun day! It definitely won’t take another year to get me back to Alki Beach – this time I will pack my own umbrella.