Stalsbroten Shenanigans - Summer Edition

Didn't I say I'd start some kind of weekly blog about what Dave and I have been up to, illustrated with the very best of my Instagram feed? Whoops. Fell off that wagon.  

Since I fell behind, and since I ALSO haven't been blogging in forever, let's just make this a summer 2013 recap, shall we? Hard to believe that tomorrow is the official start of fall, and I have to say, I'm a little sad. I never loved summers so much until I moved to the Northwest. They are so lovely here, and I'm always a little pouty to see them go.  

This has been a good one.  

 Dave's co-worker was kind enough to take us up in his plane for a little jaunt over Puget Sound.

Dave's co-worker was kind enough to take us up in his plane for a little jaunt over Puget Sound.

 Andrew + Lars graduated! Chunderson (aka Nate) came to town to celebrate. 

Andrew + Lars graduated! Chunderson (aka Nate) came to town to celebrate. 

 Our regular trek to Ebey's Landing

Our regular trek to Ebey's Landing

 Flying over the water

Flying over the water

 We went camping

We went camping

 We saw a snake (thought they didn't exist in this part of the state...)

We saw a snake (thought they didn't exist in this part of the state...)

 side note: I got new specs. 

side note: I got new specs. 

 Pygmy kayak test run - Dave's building one this winter!

Pygmy kayak test run - Dave's building one this winter!

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 We'll need space to build it, so we have a little garage cleaning project in the works.

We'll need space to build it, so we have a little garage cleaning project in the works.

 Picking blueberries with my little friend Charlotte, and her mama & baby sister.

Picking blueberries with my little friend Charlotte, and her mama & baby sister.

 More camping - this time with friends!

More camping - this time with friends!

 Hating the hike through the Meadow of Despair.

Hating the hike through the Meadow of Despair.

 But Dave was such a hero and carried BOTH our packs so I would enjoy it more. What a guy.

But Dave was such a hero and carried BOTH our packs so I would enjoy it more. What a guy.

 The reward at the top was spectacular - Hidden Lake.

The reward at the top was spectacular - Hidden Lake.

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 More kayaking adventures - getting excited to have our own!

More kayaking adventures - getting excited to have our own!

 Finding lots of cool treasures while cleaning out the parents' garage. 

Finding lots of cool treasures while cleaning out the parents' garage. 

 Spending time with Baby Bear aka Andrew before he runs away to Australia.

Spending time with Baby Bear aka Andrew before he runs away to Australia.

 Mom and Dad came to visit!

Mom and Dad came to visit!

 We played tourists in the city for a few days

We played tourists in the city for a few days

 He is just the best ever.  

He is just the best ever.  

 We took them hiking - I heard it was 4 miles, turns out it was more like 10. 

We took them hiking - I heard it was 4 miles, turns out it was more like 10. 

 They loved it. 

They loved it. 

 Kind of. 

Kind of. 

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 Lake Ann - which wasn't great, but the glacier was cool.

Lake Ann - which wasn't great, but the glacier was cool.

 Crazyface McGoos because we made it!

Crazyface McGoos because we made it!

 More kayaking! Best one this summer. Thankful for a non-stoned guide.

More kayaking! Best one this summer. Thankful for a non-stoned guide.

 We saw porpoises! Highlight of my day. I've been on a big whale kick this summer.

We saw porpoises! Highlight of my day. I've been on a big whale kick this summer.

 Ferry out to Bainbridge Island

Ferry out to Bainbridge Island

 Last night here - walking on the beach at Alki.

Last night here - walking on the beach at Alki.

And that, my friends, was our summer. As always, full of sun, travel, tans, adventures, water, mountains, friends, food, good long walks, and snuggles. It's been splendid.