Adventure: Orcas Isalnd

Meg was lucky enough to score another assisting gig up in the San Juan Islands, and this time there was enough time and space for me and Tuck to tag along (thanks to Catherine and Michael Abegg for giving us the room to stay in!). The weekend was absolutely amazing, even though I managed to sprain my foot just mere hours before our ferry home. Hey, at least it was after all the fun stuff, right?

Wheels and Red getting on Anacortes ferry to san juans. Multiple Sclerosis

Anacortes WA, Ferry Terminal

Wheels and red driving around orcas Island WA

driving to rosario resort on orcas island WA

The roads though the island felt so magical.

Wheels and red disabled adventure at rosario resort Orcas island WA

The first night at the resort did not disappoint. Meg had to work the next day so we spent the evening checking out Rosario.

Disabled adventurers on orcas island wheels and red

 

Brown Bear Baking making delicious treats for wheels and red.

The line out the door of Brown Bear Baking says it all. They make straight magic back there.

Wheels and red at the eastsound farmers market

Lunch wasn’t far behind. Wood fired pizza, no contest.

Rosario resort marina Orcas Island WA

While Meg worked, Tucker and I spent the day checking out the resort. This was the spot to watch the sea-planes come in.

Artsy peep hole shot? Why not.

On Sunday we had the entire day to explore the island. We started with Moran State Park.

I love that these guys are down for whatever. Great co-pilots!

The old fire watch tower at the top of Mount Constitution. The best part of it is you can drive all the way to the top. A big plus for the mobility impaired like myself.

Bullet hole from the historic San Juan Island gang wars. Kidding.

wheels and red at Doe bay Orcas Island washington

When you’re in the San Juan Islands you can feel how special of a place it is. I know we are all excited to get back up there for even more adventuring. But for now, I’ll admit I missed the comfort of my own bed.

Beach with the pups

The pups and I headed down to our neighborhood beach front the other day and had some fun playing fetch. Mollie is all about that water…as long as it ain’t in a bathtub.border collie and Boston Terrier sitting on PNW beach

When i’m at the beach I can’t help but look around for some treasure. All I found was a blue hardhat and a non working flashlight. Not too shabby.

They have been updating and replacing the docks at the Brownsville Marina for the last few months so I’m guessing the hardhat and light are from there. Not a typical beach find but hey i’ll take it!

Them views.

I spotted this little guy when I was packing up to leave. I did have to poke it…for science. It was indeed dead. All in all a pretty sweet trip to the beach.

@prouska disabled with Multiple sclerosis on dock PNW

Afternoon at Sandy Beach

When the tide is out at Illahee State Park you can head south down the beach and find a hidden gem called Sandy Beach. Sandy Like the name says it’s sandy, very sandy. Stuff like this being 5 minutes from our house is exactly why I love the PNW.

@prouska disabled with Multiple sclerosis on dock PNWThis was the spot to jump off the pier back in the day. I could’ve sworn it was a 40′ drop…

 

At 7 years old Tucker is all about climbing trees. This place has a bunch of rad fallen trees to climb.
Washington ferry passing illahee state parkPerfect spot to watch the Ferry chug by.

Wheels & Red sitting on beach

This was a perfect way to spend the evening. The wind was whipping the warm air off the water.

meg_sandyB 

The trip was awesome even though I had Tucker jump from one log to another and he slipped and got some barnacle bun on his shin. You don’t have to travel far to find adventure, it’s in your back yard.

-wheels

 

Trek to Cali

Since starting this project I have reached out to a lot of cool people. Some of the first were the awesome people at the National MS Society. The timing was perfect, they were planning on shooting a video to help people who are newly diagnosed with MS navigate the craziness.

A week after telling them my story they asked me and the family to fly down to Los Angeles and tell our story to the camera. It was a short trip but we had a ton of fun. Hopefully this isn’t the last project we do with the NMSS.

venice BeachWe arrived on a beautiful 82 degree day. We unloaded our bags at the hotel and headed out to Venice Beach.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with b2 presetWe stopped at the Venice Beach Skatepark to watch the dudes shred and pick up chicks, both were great to watch.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetBefore we flew out we headed up to Santa Monica to check out the pier.
Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetWell hello PNW it’s nice to see you again!

Big thanks to all the awesome people who made this trip happen. We can’t wait to see you all again soon.

 

-wheels

driftwood along beach point no point hansville washington

Point No Point Adventure

Even in the winter we have to hit the beach.

Looking through our adventures you would think I have a thing for lighthouses. I do not, they just happen to be at beaches.

Hansville, Washington is home to Point No Point.

Lighthouse hansville washington point no point

I love to having access to rad beaches so close to home. We don’t have to pack or plan anything, so I don’t feel as bad when I’m tired and am ready to head out.

We usually just walk along the beach and watch the waves roll in. Tucker loves to fill his pockets with treasures. That just happens to be rocks the size of baseballs.

 

Wood stairs going up through the woods

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Lao-Tzu

Point No Point has a tall staircase that leads into a beautiful wooded area and a lookout over the water. It’s hard to convey just how daunting a simple staircase can be. I managed to slowly climb it with three stops for rest. You just have to keep moving forward.

-wheels

washington beach on straight of jaun de fuca

Trek to Cape Flattery

We had a free weekend last summer and we decided to make the trek to Cape Flattery Washington. You can’t get anymore Northwest in the lower 48 than Cape Flattery.

The drive up there is beautiful. Minus the super windy road that made the dog upchuck. Still worth it.

So many cool spots to hit on the way there. This spot is right before mile marker 40 on Hwy 112. The Straight of Juan De Fuca Hwy is one of the most beautiful drives in Washington State.

 

guy in car with dogs in backseat

Pulled off in downtown Neah Bay. Almost to Capy Flattery

You need to stop at the local store to pick up a Makah Recreation Pass so you can park at the Cape Flattery Trailhead.  It only sets you back ten bucks and is good for a year.

BOOM! Cape Flattery.

The trail down to the lookout is well maintained. There were plenty of places to sit and have a rest along the way. Not a bad trail with a cane or walking stick.

Motion in the ocean.

On the way home we looked for a sweet place to catch the sunset. Pillar Point Recreation Area was perfect.

Family selfie on boat ramp pillar point washington

Getting our nerd on.

 

Pillar Point washington Scion xB at sunset

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

The long day was well worth the good times and the great views.

Load up your favorite playlist and hit the road.

 

field of sea grass with lighthouse in the background

Port Townsend Adventure

Port Townsend, Washington

Port Townsend is an awesome little hippie town out on the Olympic Peninsula. We usually go up there to hit the food co-op and at least one beach. Gotta hit a beach, even for five minutes…that Puget Sound sea air is addicting. The shops downtown are a great stop as well. Something about the place draws you in.

We started the trip walking around downtown; the place is usually hopping on Saturday but it seemed extra buzzy this time.  We soon learned that the annual Strange BrewFest was happening. We headed to a few shops that we hit on the regular. One of them is Phoenix Rising — one of the largest metaphysical bookstores and shops in the country. You also can’t go wrong hitting the record store or one of the cool used book stores.

We shopped for a little bit, but the beach was calling, as it often does. PT has amazing sandy beaches. This trip we decided to go to Fort Worden State Park, which is full of army bunkers and has a cool old lighthouse. We don’t normally go all the way down to the lighthouse so this time we thought we would finally check it out.  The lighthouse is just over 100 years old. You can walk all the around the lighthouse which gives you great views of the Puget Sound and Whidbey Island. It was a beautiful day to get out and adventure. We had to take advantage of a 60 degree day in January.

Before we left we grabbed some groceries at the PT Food Co-op. I have to say that this co-op is the best one we have found; we head up to Port Townsend a couple times a month just to get awesome fresh, local and sustainable food. Even if you just want to grab lunch, the deli is top notch. After adventuring for about 4 hours it was time to head home. With so many rad people to chat with and cool things to do, leaving Port Townsend in a bad mood is nearly impossible.

car driving on Hood canal bridgeThanks to my amazing lady for taking this photo.  Don’t take photos while driving!
Brick building in downtown port townsend washingtonDowntown Port Townsend
assorted gem stones in dishesThe place with the gems and crystals in Phoenix Rising.  This store encompasses what PT is all about.  Store filled with rad giftsThis is Getables. It’s full of awesome gifts and treasures.  When we are looking for a thoughtful gift this is a great spot to check out.  man sitting with cane looking down at feetIt doesn’t take long for one of us to need a break or the restroom. In this case it was both.  With MS resting is a necessity.  PT has a perfect rest area in the public restrooms.  2 birds , 1 stone.  By this point we were all ready to hit the beach. Off to Fort Worden.
lighthouse at the beach fort wordenLighthouse on the beach at Fort Worden

climbing rocks

Climbing rocks and smelling the sea. photo by @yeahrockout

 

 

field of sea grass with lighthouse in the backgroundselfie of couple with fort worden lighthouse in backgroundGood times!