The Most Magical Treehouse Adventure
have you noticed i really like to stretch birthdays out? well, i do. ravery’s birthday present to me was probably one of the neatest things i’ve ever received and he gave it to me this weekend. we got to stay in a TREEHOUSE! yup, you read that right…a treehouse.
treehouse point is located in the snoqualmie valley in washington state, only a smidgen more than 3 hours from portland. we weren’t really sure what to expect but it outrageously exceeded our expectations. take a look…
our tree house was the trillium treehouse and the only 2-story one there. we kind of freaked out when we saw it. it had such incredible attention to detail and everything just felt serene, calming and magical.
after climbing the ladder to the top, there was just enough space for a bed and little back corner. i also contemplated wrapping myself in that adorable comforter and hoping they wouldn’t notice…but i left it. waking up right here was one of the best places i’ve ever woken up.
we literally slept among the trees and not just any trees but trees that slightly reminded me of a dr. seuss story because they were covered in amazing, neon green moss. i felt 100% at ease and in my element (until i sat still and ryan walked around you could feel the slight sway of the treehouse…i a little bit freaked out the first few times this happened). it was amazing to turn our phones off, leave the computers at home and the two of us connect.
we sat by these windows for hours; reading, talking and absorbing the world.
we obviously needed to explore before the sun went down so we grabbed our coats, slurped the last sips of our tea and cocoa and headed out with our trusty map. but honestly how magical is this map?! it too was a work of art. i am telling you that EVERYTHING was visually pleasing.
i should also mention that we were only a few hundred feet away from the river and could hear it inside our treehouse. love the sound of moving water, it brings such peace to my soul. naturally we had to go play along the river and ravery found some champagne bottle toppers, which we immediately started cleaning up because this is no place for trash-only rock piles!
next we found a gorgeous area where i said we should renew our vows in a few years. this was ravery’s response to my proposition while standing in that spot. thumbs up (this is real life…not movies or imagination…this is a real place people and it’s so magical).
ravery and i also decided to decorate our future home the exact same way they had…a rustic chic where everywhere you looked was something interesting but it fit unobtrusively. i will also need a sweet center piece such as this:
all this hiking around and introspection obviously made us hungry so we ventured a few miles down the road to a little place called “yummers-almost famous bistro.” it was here i proceeded to eat way too much. please see the below pictures for evidence. we started with a cookies & cream milkshake AND a cookie.
as i sat in my food coma thinking about how i was going to whoop ravery’s keester in a game of cribbage while seated in the trees…yummers‘ fabulous staff heard it was my birthday and surprised me with a treat (as if the milkshake and cookie wasn’t more than enough). of course i still ate it. and it was deliciously filled with raisin and apple pie filling with a drizzle of caramel sauce, granola and ice cream. whoa, i know.
i then felt a bit ill. turns out i can have too much sugar.
we got back to our treehouse (that’s the coolest sentence ever) and i obviously could not fit in my jeans anymore so it was pajama time paired with cribbage. something crazy happened during our 3rd round of cribbage…we both discarded the right cards so that we held the exactly same hand. if that doesn’t make us soulmates, i’m not sure what does (please also note that i’m winning).
i found so much clarity among the trees. it was also so freeing to disconnect with the outside world (aka technology) and truly connect with each other. no constant checking of text messages/emails/twitter retweets/blog posts/phone calls (i almost forgot phones still call)-it was just us in a beautiful, unique setting where my 29481 worries seemed to float along the river and away from me.
we also met a nice couple over breakfast (which consisted of fabulous homemade granola, yogurt, bread pudding, eggs, oatmeal and bread) and we did a little treehouse-viewing-swap to see in each other’s treehouses. i opted to be less creepy and not take pictures of where they were staying but certainly did ask them to take our picture in our treehouse we fell in love with! we are already planning where all of our family members will stay when we venture back here. thank you ravery for such a fun birthday celebration and always making our relationship a priority, both on the ground and suspended in trees.
life lesson: this world is full of wonder and your surroundings truly do make a difference. surround yourself with a positive environment and take time to have quality communication.
1) where is the neatest place you’ve ever stayed? (this absolutely takes the cake for me)
2) how long do you usually stretch out your birthday for? (this might have been my record..all the way to february!)
3) do you have rules in your family about when to put the phone/computer down and just connect? (we don’t have hard and fast ones but we usually say ‘no phones dinner/date/afternoon’)