Just after the July 4th weekend, my family and I took a little trip over to Orcas Island, which is part of the San Juan Islands that are just a few hours up the coast from where we live. It was so nice to get away for a few days to just relax and enjoy the beautiful weather! The girls went a little stir-crazy because there was no internet connection at the Mariner's Cottage where we stayed, but Kraig and I thought it was Heaven. ;-D The cottage was a wonderfully private oasis, overlooking the water and had a hot tub that we relaxed in every night. We enjoyed making s'mores over a fire, exploring the beaches, and even tried kayaking for the first time together. We also visited neighboring San Juan island and had fun shopping there, but definitely preferred the peaceful serenity and less "touristy" Orcas Island. If you're ever in the mood for a quiet retreat like this, I highly recommend this area!