Craig and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary this past weekend. Where oh where does the time go?
We started our anniversary celebration on Saturday (the 9th, our actual wedding date), by taking our "dogter" for a walk. We've been enjoying evening walks lately (which have included several owl sightings), but decided to get out early in the day so that we could go out for dinner later.
Then, I ventured down to the farmer's market for awhile and when I returned, Craig and I headed down to our favorite brewery for a celebratory brew!
We came home for a bit, then fancied ourselves up for an anniversary dinner at the Oyster Bar! For us, the Oyster Bar is one of those places that we can justify eating at just once a year, and since it is just a once a year occasion, we decided to go all out.
Starting with…a half dozen oysters on the half shell.
We ordered two each of three different kinds of oysters. I can't remember the name of our favorite, but it was delicious and the waitress told us that it was pretty rare to acquire them outside of Seattle. Lucky us!
We also shared a field greens salad with a maple dressing (mmmm!) before enjoying the sorbet that came before our meal (rhubarb).
I ordered the special (lobster mac and cheese) and Craig ordered surf and turf. The mac and cheese was delicious! I just had the rest of it for lunch today! Both meals come with roasted veggies on the side and a goat cheese and chive soufflé. So yum!
Of course, one of the main attractions of the Oyster Bar (aside from the food and the extensive wine menu), is the view.
These gorgeous summer days equate to equally gorgeous summer sunsets. Beautiful!
The next morning, we woke up early (ish) to go hiking! It was the perfect way to work off all of the decadent food consumed the night before. We chose Fragrance Lake as our hike of choice which is about 4 miles round trip. It's not easy, but it's definitely tamer than some of the local hikes.
The reward at the end of the hike is a half mile loop around Fragrance Lake with several places that are ideal for stopping to enjoy lunch and a dip in the lake.
Lexi led the way...
We enjoyed a lunch of sunflower seed butter and raspberry jam sandwiches and I took a dip in the lake, trying to convince Lexi to actually swim (she is six years old and still refuses to take her paws off of solid ground). I never convinced her to swim, but the dip in the cool water was refreshing and was enough to give me (and Lexi) the boost we needed to head back down the trail.
weWhen our hike was completed, we indulged in another favorite tradition, which is to drive down Chuckanut into the town of Edison to enjoy some beer and food at the Longhorn Saloon. We love it because Lexi is welcome on the patio!
(closed eyes…tired dog?)
After our snack (including oyster shooters!), we drove to a nearby organic blueberry farm where I picked up a flat of blueberries and a pint of blueberry ice cream.
(Lexi made a friend)
We wrapped up our weekend with a few episodes of Game of Thrones, enjoyed with my friend Kristy who is currently working her way through the books in the series.
To my husband:
"You had me at hello. 7 billion people on this planet and all I need is you."