Driving to Poulsbo was an adventure to say the least. I haven’t take a ferry in years and the last time I attempted to take a ferry, I was trapped under the viaduct for about 45 minutes before I gave up. Google Maps will direct you to the ferry as the fastest route but it’s going to be a lie unless you’re lucky enough to get on the ferry when there’s no wait. I decided to ere on the side of caution and drove to Poulsbo. Yes the whole 80+ miles around the Puget Sound.
It’s actually an incredibly pleasant drive until you hit the construction in Tacoma but once you pass it, it’s back to being nice and easy. As you get further and further into the island, it gets greener and greener and more and more untouched. Once you get passed the Tacoma Narrows bridge, it’s such a beautiful drive. It took me about two hours to get from Seattle to Poulsbo via car and freeway. It was only about 20 minutes more than utilizing the ferry to get out to Poulsbo.
This town is tiny and probably not a place you will ever visit. But if you do, it’s quaint and beautiful. I got ready in my hotel and then made my way to the Kaina Lodge where my friends were getting married. This lodge is in the middle of nowhere so be prepared for that if you drive there in the dark. But it’s grounds are right along the water and you can watch the tide as it comes in or goes out. It’s secluded and separated from the rest of the world.
That’s one of the things that I’ve loved about the islands that surround Seattle. They are a short journey from the city and you feel like you are in a whole different world. A world of untouched nature and it can be bother overwhelming and grounding. You can stand there and not here a single car. You can hear the earth around whispering secrets and it’s like you’ve left the hustle and bustle to finally relax. It’s one of my favorite things about Seattle and the surrounding area. You can take a short drive and leave the hecticness of the city and get back to nature. I’m not sure there are a lot of places like this. Obviously if you leave any city and drive far enough away you can get that same level of tranquility, can you do it in such a short amount of time?
I watched two great people get married and yes, I cried when each walked down the aisle. It was attractive and not distracting at all as I sniffled and thanked the weather for being so sunny that I could get away with wearing sunglasses.
The ceremony was lovely followed by a just as amazing reception. There’s one thing that this cynic loves more than anything and that’s seeing people I adore find that person they want to spend the rest of their life with. As much as I don’t think it will ever happen for me, I love knowing that my friends are happy and with someone who adores and loves them as much or more than me. And being given the opportunity to be a part of that experience just makes it even more amazing. Seeing my friends reach these milestones just warms my heart.
After the wedding, I made my way back to my hotel and settled in for the night. I had an early morning wake up to get back to the city for a hair appointment because… I needed my blue hair back.