Saturday, June 18, 2016

Washington

The big kids and I did about a 9 day trip to WA a few weeks ago while my husband stayed home with Baby T.  We saw my family on the Olympic Peninsula and Seattle and my MIL in Seattle.

Here's some of what we did on the road:
  • C took her ukulele on the road for the first time, along with four (!) books of sheet music, and got in a lot of performing and practicing.
  • On the Olympic Peninsula, we got to see the kid's 1-year-old cousin who is at run-around-all-the-time age.  We had a cookout (grilled corn!) with my sister's family and my parents, played Rook with great-grandpa, saw the beautiful contemporary-meets-Craftsman cabin the family is building, went to the beach (where the kids built a shelter) and visited the rain forest.
  • If you're eating brunch at Chestnut Cottage in Port Angeles and they offer you a pastry, GET THE PASTRY.  I went for toast but eventually got a couple bites of great-grandma's amazing cherry strudel thingy.
  • The kids got a lot of use out of their Kindles during our down time.
  •  On the last leg of our trip, we took the ferry back to Seattle and my sister met us at the ferry docks downtown.  We walked around, visited Ye Olde Curiosity Shop on the waterfront (warning:  mummies and shrunken heads and weird stuff, but also a very nice Indian art display), went to Capitol Hill, checked our stuff into our massive Tudor B&B, and then had dinner at Rom Mai Thai with my sister.  (Very good, by the way!  Try the pad thai.)  
  • The only thing I have against Capitol Hill is...the hill.  Getting up and down from our B&B to Broadway was challenging.  
  • We stayed at the Shafer Bailie Mansion for three nights mostly with my MIL.  The only hitch was no laundry (it being a B&B) and exotic plumbing.  Otherwise, a very pleasant breakfast and cable for watching our now traditional HGTV on the road.
  • As on previous visits, we spent the bulk of our time at Seattle Center.  I had found out about the Star Trek exhibit at the EMP on the plane and the kids were clamoring for it, so we went.  The kids also spent a lot of time in the sound lab (a music space) at the EMP and we got to listen to some elementary school student steel bands.  The Star Trek gift shop was fantastic and I was able to pick up a couple of items for my husband for Father's Day.
  • We were finally able to have a good long visit to the Science Center.  We saw the Galapagos movie in 3D (which was actually pretty good--I'm not normally a 3D person), the LEGO art exhibit (very nice gift shop, of course!) and did other Science Center stuff (like the gerbil wheel in the water and the water cannons).  The kids also paid another visit to the massive newish playground near EMP.     
  • Basically, Seattle Center is one-stop shopping for tourists.
  • It turned out that our B&B was just a couple of blocks from Volunteer Park.  There's a good playground and a massive picturesque round brick water tower that you're not supposed to climb, but people totally do climb.  Volunteer Park has massive ancient trees and Craftsman (not making this up) public restrooms.  We didn't manage to go (just ran out of time), but it also has a conservatory and an Asian art museum.
  • On Saturday night, we went to Mass at St. James Cathedral downtown.  We were there for the blessing of about 50 pilgrims who are going to World Youth Day in Poland.  Beautiful church!  There's a lovely chapel--we lit a whole bunch of candles.
  • Seattle taxi service was good and fast.  
  • Thank you, MIL!  It was great fun!   

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