July 26, 2013

Adventuring in Seattle (6/20/13)

 There is no better way to start the day than with another reading of "Dr. Goat".

 The littlest dude wearing Pops' hat.

The Seattle skyline.

Than it was off to Pike Place Market.  This place was so cool, but a bit overwhelming.

First stop, was Starbucks... and not just any Starbucks but the very first one.

The kiddies enjoyed sharing mine.

This gentlemen was putting on a good show out in front of the Starbucks shop.  He even sang "Itsy Bitsy Spider" for my little dude.

Inside there were more flowers than I have ever seen in one place.  So beautiful! 

I walked past a booth that was selling the WonderBun....

and beautiful pottery

and then the largest display of varying flavors of honey, and you could sample as many as you like.

My princess posing with the Princess Scrunchies.

Ahhh  I love these flowers!


Fish and Crab and Lobster.

and more fish and shrimp.




And then it was The Pike Place Fish Co.   This is the place where they yell and cheer and throw the fish.  And seem to enjoy their job with great gusto!

If you look very carefully in the middle of this picture, just above the man's head and just below the red/white ball, you will see a flying fish.  These guys were so much fun to watch!

I got a peach slice sample from this shop, seriously the best I have ever tasted!

Andy went into this little Bakery and bought a couple of pastries so...

... he could sit down at  Bakery counter and look out the window, so I could take his picture while he consumed part of his pastry. Then he brought the rest of the pastry out and shared.

Pops, Andy and I eating some of the biggest shrimp I have ever seen!  Delicious!
Me and my $4.00 cookie.  Seriously the biggest cookie ever! 

We then left Pike Place and headed to the Space Needle.  We didn't go up in the needle, but just wandered around and took a picture or two.

The other faces of the city.

While exploring and wandering throughout the city, I saw some sights that made my heart sad. 
While stopped at a red light, I watched as this man dug through the trash can until he found something to eat. 

I watched this man wander down the street in the drizzling rain, wrapped in a large piece of carpet padding.
 And I wondered as this man rode past if  he had all his earthly possessions strapped to his bike.

Then we dropped Pops and Janet off at the airport and bid them adieu.  Said farewell to the big city and headed for home.  I am certainly thankful that I don't have to deal with Seattle traffic on a daily basis!  It was crazy.

This concludes the Adventure series with Pops and Janet.  We saw many cool things and had so much fun! 

July 24, 2013

Adventuring towards Seattle (6/19/13)

It has taken me quite some time to blog my way through all the fun adventures we took while Pops and Janet were visiting. 

First stop of the day was The Yellow Dog so we could pick up coffee.  Then it was on to the totally awesome Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum-home to the Spruce Goose- in McMinnville, Oregon.  Since we also wanted to spend some time checking out Mt. Saint Helens, we chose to only tour the outside exhibits. Someday we will go back!

This museum is a huge complex with several large buildings to explore.  There is also much to see outside.  We wondered from plane to plane.

This is a picture of the Wings and Waves Waterpark.  The building is topped by a B747-100 aircraft and it is described as an educational waterpark.  There is also a waterslide that exits the plane.  I think it would be a fun place to visit.

The Chapel.

Touring through the tanks.

The older kiddies really wanted to check out the playground...

Together at the very top of the space ship.

The we motored on to the Mount Saint Helens Visitors Center.   If the weather would have cooperated we would have been able to view Mt. Saint Helens in the picture below, but alas we just had to imagine it there.

Hmmm... words fail me.

Pops and the littlest man.

I really enjoyed learning about Mt. Saint Helens.

 "At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted and blew down or scorched 230 square miles of forest...30 years later, recovery at Mount St. Helens continues... Read more..."     http://www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens 

What a fun filled, educational day.  We spent the night in Kent, Washington.  Stay tuned for my version of  "Adventuring in Seattle".