Several people who follow my Instagram account have commented on the summer we’ve had. Not only was it our last summer in the Pacific Northwest, I was also hell-bent on taking advantage of Nick’s free time (and weekends) while he was on an easier schedule at the VA, knowing that starting October, he will be working long hours and days again for the next five months doing his trauma rotation. We were warned ahead of time that chief year would be rough during trauma but figured if we survived 2nd year of residency, we’ll get through this, knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Check back on us in a couple months though to see if we’re still retaining our sanity!
OH boy, it’s been awhile since this trip in early July but wow did we have fun. I had planned a secret getaway to Lake Chelan and told Nick to keep the weekend available on his calendar. The Lake Chelan valley is about a 3 hour drive away, and is known for its 300 days of sun. It is also the perfect weekend escape with lots of small-town charm, recreational activities, dining and shopping options, and wineries to keep year-round visitors occupied.
We reached our destination late Friday night so didn’t get to see the view until morning. I actually love doing this because it’s always a fun surprise when you open your curtains in the morning and see the view outside your window. Luckily our room was right in front of the water! We spent Saturday in our swimsuits reading by the lake and swimming. When it got too hot, we went jet-skiing later in the afternoon, whizzing by beautiful lakefront homes and imagining the people who lived in them. In the evening, we strolled through the small downtown area window-shopping, and grabbing pizza and gelato before watching the sunset fireworks over the lake (this was the 4th of July weekend).
On Sunday, after more lazing by the lake, we packed our things and visited this to-die-for hamburger stand with the most spectacular view of the water and surrounding mountains. After our gut-busting meal, we visited a beautiful hilltop winery where we fell in love with more views while sipping wine on the patio before heading home.
Now we know why the Seattle locals rave about Lake Chelan! I wish we could return more often!