Saturday, December 22, 2018

An unexpected staycation

Fairhaven Inn lobby
On Thursday when I returned home from that windy hike, and finally connected with my guy, we decided to take advantage of the power outage (with no idea when it might come back) and spend the night at the Fairhaven Village Inn. That's where I wrote my last post, because it had (1) power and (2) internet connection. Very different from what was happening at home. And it was a very nice interlude. We're calling it our Christmas getaway.

While eating dinner at a nearby restaurant, I overheard others talking about having no power, either. Many places around the area were all down. After a nice and comfortable night, SG and I went our separate ways: he took all our stuff back home (where the power had returned), while I walked a short distance down the street to my yoga studio and took a walk-in holiday yoga class. It was really lovely. Then I caught the bus back downtown. This was the bus I rode on.
Decorated bus with Christmas music, too
Apparently there are two buses like this, and I just happened to get on this one, which was really fun to see. Even the ceiling has cotton batting, decorated with snowflakes and Christmas lights. Delightful! Then coming home to a warm and fully functional apartment was also a treat. You forget how essential electricity it is until you don't have it.
Cindy, Nancy, Betty, Meredith (and tree)
This morning we ladies (and one man!) walked twice around Lake Padden, one of our favorite places to walk, and stopped afterwards for coffee at the local supermarket cafeteria. Some wore jingle bells or unusual hats or sweaters today, and I was able to capture this festive shot before taking off for home.
:-)

18 comments:

  1. That's some bus! We went 10 days without power during Hurricane Sandy. Three nights home; three in a hotel; four more at home. It was a long 10 days. Some of our friends got home generators after that. We moved instead.

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  2. At one time Fresno had such a bus, don't know it's still in service. What was really nice, if it was your bus that day, you got to ride free.

    San Francisco Muni decorates the inside of the cable cars for Christmas. Not free to ride, but very merry.

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  3. That bus looks delightful. Nothing like it here (I don't think).
    I am glad that you have power again and unsurprised that you are still walking and exercising.

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  4. That windstorm must have hit over quite a considerable area. It was noted in another area blog.

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  5. I like how you "rode out the storm"! All fun and pretty and warm and comfy.

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  6. That is a lovely, old fashioned looking hotel lobby! You will remember this Christmas for your special holiday getaway!

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  7. Wow! DJan, that unexpected staycation turned out well. That's what I call handling a situation! Glad it worked out as it did. Love that bus!

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  8. A power outage in winter doesn't sound fun. Although, at least it is easy to keep freezer items frozen. It definitely sounds like a great excuse to stay at a hotel. Merry Christmas DJan!

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  9. I want to find a bus like that. I've read of the storms up in the Pacific Northwest. Seems we are all experiencing odd weather these days. Hmmm.

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  10. No power in Abbotsford Friday either.

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  11. What a relief to get back home and power.

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  12. You turned the power outage into a sweet getaway--nice!
    The ladies look like it was a wonderful morning. Glad all is well again. Yes, we don't think about how important electricity is until it is gone! Merry Christmas, you two! :)

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  13. Yes you made lemonade from lemons! Glad all is well with you now, what fun someone had decorating a bus! :)

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  14. Now that is how to turn lemons into lemonade. I can do without power for 3 days for it is a bit like camping. Day 4 however and I am one cranky person. So glad you are back to normal.
    That bus was a delight.

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  15. Taking an unexpected break was a great way of making the most of the situation. I hope you havefull power over the holiday.

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  16. I like the idea of an impromptu get-away! Y'all have had some weird, nasty weather.

    Happy, happy Christmas to you & your family D J. And, a MERRY new year

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  17. That's a good way to be comfortable in a powerful outage Love that decorated bus!

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