In March, Andy’s family was planning to come out to Tacoma from New Jersey for their first visit ever..to our new home, to Washington, to the West Coast! At the last minute they had to cancel and were able to reschedule their trip recently. On October 16th, they finally made it out and in some ways, it was better this way. They were able to see our new house! We took them to all our favorite spots, did a bunch of work on the house, and took a daytrip to Olympic National Park. I was a little worried they wouldn’t “get” the Pacific Ocean. After all, they grew up at the Atlantic Ocean beaches! But the Pacific is so totally different and so impressive, the way the huge trees grow right next to the beach and the rock formations dot the horizon and add interest. And the mountains are right there, too! Being from NJ, the mountains and moss are so foreign and cool. I think they were also impressed. Here are some photos from their visit, across two blog posts, this being the first installment. We saw what we could of Hurricane Ridge first. Then we headed down the beaches, for rock collecting, tossing the football, and an epic sunset.