San Juan Islands Birthday Trip

I turned thirty this past month, and decided I wanted to spend a long weekend up in the San Juan Islands to ring in a new decade.  The San Juans is a place that has captured my imagination even though I've spent little time there, and this trip was no different. Our adventure was just what I had hoped for and included a few nights at Doe Bay sleeping, soaking, and eating stunningly good food at the warm, elegant cafe there.  We explored Orcas, driving its backroads in the rain, stopping to take photos of weatherbeaten cabins, colorful skiffs pulled onto rocky beaches for the winter, and misty alpine lakes.  We hiked, ate, talked, and took in all of the beauty the islands have to offer.  I also finally got the chance to meet Lissa of Barnacle Bags and her sweet family.  Lissa and I met through Etsy years ago and have stayed in touch over the years through our blogs and Instagram, chatting here and there about this creative, entrepreneurial life we're both leading.  It was inspiring to see her beautiful home and piece of land, and to talk to another maker about their journey, struggles and successes.  I hope our paths will cross again soon (and if you haven't already you should check out her bags, I have one that I've carried around everywhere for the last few years and I LOVE it).