The day before Eugene my husband left on a month-long business trip, we had one last hurrah by spending the day on Whidbey Island. The island is a favorite destination for us – it’s close, includes a short, but fun (and cheap!) ferry ride, and it’s a little like stepping back in time. Family farms are dotted along lush green hillsides, country inns and stores greet you every couple of miles, and everything slows down, as is typical of many islands that dot the upper Puget Sound. We had lunch at Anthony’s restaurant in Coupeville, which happens to be one of the oldest towns in Washington. I love this little town – it’s quaint in a touristy-sort of way, with gift shops, ice cream parlors, and espresso cafes, but it’s also authentic – many of the original buildings that line the street date back to the first half of the 19th century. We had ice cream after lunch at Kapaws Iskreme (warning: the single is actually THREE scoops, for THREE dollars!), and headed down to the beach to relax in the sun. The kids were fascinated with the fully intact crab shells and insisted in bringing them home. Needless to say the sunroof and windows stayed open the entire drive back. Good times though – check out Coupeville’s visitor site at http://www.cometocoupeville.com/.