Maddie, my close childhood friend and pseudo-sister, lives in Washington, DC now so I sadly don’t see her (or her family) nearly as much as I like. When our friend’s wedding brought her back to the Northwest for a few short days, she invited me to join her for a night at her family’s beach house in Allyn, Washington. And when you get invited to stay at the beach, you go.
The weather was overcast and drizzly and I was not complaining. There’s something about the gray and damp weather that makes places like the beach look even more beautiful. The woods become mystical. We ate clams on the grill with tarragon and dill butter and took a walk through the forest before dinner with walking sticks that Peter, Maddie’s dad, made himself. On the trail we stopped to visit their new friend, Sasquatch, along with the biggest ant hill I’ve ever seen (see the blurry pic below). It was as high as my waist and just pulsating with ants. Thinking about it still gives me the heebie jeebies.
Maddie’s family is building a stunning house next door on their property and while it’s not ready for move-in yet, you can already feel an enormous sense of calm once inside. It’s built on stilts so that when the tide is high, it feels like you are walking on water. The rest of our visit was spent eating burgers at Bubba’s, reading, playing our favorite game Hit or Miss, and collecting driftwood on the beach.