Today I’m going to tell you about the quirks of Whidbey Island that we’ve found since moving here.
I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we moved to the Whidbey Island!
Almost every day we get a chance to see how different the Pacific Northwest is from our previous home in the Southeastern US (Alabama, to be exact). To be honest, we love it so far!
From the overall laid-back, almost hippie vibe of Whidbey Island, our current dwelling, to the breathtaking views that open up every time you turn around the corner – it’s all worth experiencing in this lifetime.
Right now the only drawback is that the weather is quite a bit cooler than what we’ve been used to living on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, but at least I’ve been enjoying the fact that I don’t sweat like a sasquatch when I go running outside.
Speaking of sasquatch…
We see this guy every day passing by Bailey’s Corner, a very laid-back community hangout/corner store/bar just outside of our neighborhood. Who cares that he’s made of plywood, he’s still pretty awesome!
Bailey’s Corner also boasts this handsome guy on its premises:
I’m a sucker for anything handmade and quirky, so seeing the sasquatch and the donkey always gives me a smile when I pass by Bailey’s Corner on my morning runs.
This past weekend we did a bit more exploring of Whidbey Island.
We visited Fort Casey, one of the historic military constructions on the western coast of the island that were built at the turn of the 20th century to protect Puget Sound and Seattle from possible attacks from the sea. The fort has been deactivated a long time ago, and now it’s a part of Fort Casey State Park.
We climbed around the whole place to enjoy views like this (picture above). That’s the fort building between the field and the water.
The fort up close was a bit spooky though:
If you happen to be visiting this fort, be careful as we’ve noticed a few possibly dangerous spots – some railing was a bit shaky, some metal sheets looked too rusty and fragile. Common sense always helps, so if it looks unsafe, use caution.
Aside from the fort itself, the park feels safe and looks gorgeous!
We also visited Admiralty Head Lighthouse that’s also located on the territory of the park:
The admission to the lighthouse is free (you can leave a donation), and the visitors get to enjoy a lovely view from the highest point of the park.
More quirks of Whidbey Island: on Saturday, we unwillingly became witnesses to a few local guys and gals skinny-dipping in a local lake in 50-degree weather while we were taking a stroll by the water. (No pictures of that event, obviously 😆 )
As the Dos Equis guy would say, I don’t always see a bunch of naked people walking around, but when I do, it must be Whidbey Island in April.
For our Saturday dinner, I threw together a few things to make this lentil stew that I served over brown rice. It’s a basic lentil stew recipe that I make pretty often.
This time I called it the Traffic Light Stew because I used two types of lentils – green and red. The Traffic Light was complete with the addition of yellow turmeric.
The side salad on the side was both delicious and easy to make. I tossed some red leaf lettuce with tomatoes, red onions, avocado, carrots and yellow bell peppers, and squeezed some lemon juice on top.
Who would have thunk that a simple squeeze of lemon works so well as a salad dressing?! It blends the flavors of the veggies and enhances them while not adding any fat or unhealthiness.
Check out other super-easy and quick vegan recipes I’ve been cooking with barely any kitchen equipment (as we’re waiting for our worldly posessions to travel across the country).
Also, if you’re planning to visit Whidbey Island as a vegan, see my roundup post with our favorite restaurants, stores, etc. to find vegan food on Whidbey Island.
If you feel kinda clueless about what to make for dinner that’s both vegan and easy to make, check out my post with 10 quick and easy plant-based meal ideas.
Your Turn: How was your weekend? Did you have any quirky experiences this first weekend of May?
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