One of my favorite past times is coffee & exploring. I'm always up for a delicious cup of java, made with love. Chances are- if it's a coffee shop or restaurant that puts the fancy art in the froth, then I'm game. I'm also a little, what they call, "basic" but that's okay with me! When my friend Niesha asked to go out to breakfast at The Bread Peddler in Olympia she didn't have to convince me further. I actually had a late little lunch at The Bread Peddler the night before my wedding. My bridesmaids and I had checked into the Double Tree Olympia the night before my wedding to spend some girl time away from my *then* fiance *now* husband and get some wedding jitters out of the way. The Bread Peddler is located just behind the Double Tree, so it made an obvious stop for some goodies.
I snuck in a few minutes before Niesha and ordered a medium mocha while I waited. Some say they're surprised I order such a simple drink, but I love my coffee and I don't need all of the fancy flavors & syrup combinations to enjoy it. She arrived and we chatted over breakfast- Eggs Bennie for her and the Classic Breakfast for me. This was my first experience with poached eggs and I didn't think they were much different from... well... eggs, but they were still tasty!
After breakfast we strolled over to Fluerae, a little florist and gift shop located in 222 Market. If you haven't been to Fluerae and you like all of the beautiful, handmade, artistic, and just plain adorable things, then you should probably run there now, or at least as soon as they open. I purchased a cool hanging "vase"- a wood plank stained with teas and mounted with a copper pipe to hold dainty flowers. It looks perfect in my downstairs bathroom where I've been searching for the very type of thing to decorate a wall! Thank you also to the sweet girl working in the shop for allowing us to take some photos!
The apple of our day trip eye was the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. I have lived in Washington State for my entire life and cannot recall a time that I have visited the refuge (maybe when I was little?) And Niesha, living in Lacey and new to Washington State, had the same desire to check it out. While still early spring, wildflowers are just emerging and leaves are slowing filling branches. We spotted a couple of beautiful blue heron and I was kicking myself that I didn't bring my larger lens. Niesha and I already have plans to return and play nature photographer. Can you spot the blue heron in the photos below? Toward the end of our shoot, I had Niesha jump in for some shots just for fun.
I can't wait to get out to Oly soon and revisit the wildlife refuge with Niesha! If you haven't stopped by her blog, please check her out and share some love!
Billy Frank JR. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Brittingham Photography is located in Orting, Washington and specializes in natural High School Senior portraits. We also offer Britt Beauty Sessions (individual women's shoots), Lifestyle Newborn, Couples Sessions and Intimate Family Photos. Thank you for stopping by to read my little blog!
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