Good day! Today, we will arrive in our new home for the next nine months. I am nervous and wondering what to expect. I need to learn my way around, find a job (soon) and figure out the whole area. It's a little overwhelming and consumed most of my free thoughts yesterday.
Speaking of yesterday, what a lovely day in Anacortes and La Conner. We set off in the morning, walking from our nice motel to downtown. Walked past a fresh fruit stand looking in awe of locally grown blueberries, raspberries and blackberries the size of walnuts. A half flat mix and match for $11. What a deal. Will have to pick some up on the journey back.
Oh wait... before we left, I checked the TV Guide and saw "Chopped" championship would be on at 3 p.m. Mental note to return to the motel to watch it. It is my all time favorite show.
We saw a sign for Antique Machinery Show today. Started off towards it and looked at several menus for local cafes on the way. What a great show! They had old tractors, steam engines, air compressors, farm tools, cars, and more. Pretty cool to see some of the tools in use. One of the tools was a drag saw, and it was really neat. Emil took plenty of pics to send to my Dad, who I know really would've enjoyed the show.
Next we headed to to the Farmers Market and looked at honey, cheese, crafts and picked up a garlic cheddar scone. Delish! After looking at some stores, we settled for lunch at The Calico Cupboard! I ordered the Skagit Hash. It is fresh broccoli, tomato, spinach, mushrooms, red onion, garlic, crushed red peppers & Feta cheese tossed with a generous portion of our famous country-style red potatoes. Topped with a little mozzarella cheese. A perfect serving with a little spice.
Check them out at http://www.calicocupboardcafe.com/index.cfm
On our walk back to the motel, we picked up berries and marveled at the freshness and low cost. Quite a nice change from Alaska prices.
After watching "Chopped," we drove over to La Conner to look around. What a super cute little town! Sort of reminded me of Aspen with the specialty stores and beautiful people. The Wood Merchant store is a particularly nice store with these fun wooden spoons shaped for all different uses like sorbet scoop, stir fry spoon or ketchup stirrer.
For dinner, we picked up food from a specialty market called The Market at Anacortes. Kind of like at Whole Foods or Fresh Market.
Now, we head to Redmond... ready for the big adventure to begin.