On of the busiest months of the year
Weekend Trip to Seattle
The Canada Day long weekend was fast
approaching and we didn't really have a plan. Our summer
vacation (Helen gets two weeks every year) started a week later so
we had spent our planning effort there. We have friends in
Seattle so a short road trip was the low planning option.
After driving down (Outlets!), we stopped at Bellevue square for
dinner. The next morning we went to Green lake for a morning
paddle. We thought a paddle boat would be fun! Amenda
and Balanh planned to put in their kayak at the aquatic center so
we started paddling in that general direction.
Paddle boats with kids is a bit of mismatch. Because it's a
boat, you want balance - front to back and side to side.
That means you have an adult and a kids pedaling together.
Nara tried hard but the load on the pedal's is asymmetric and has
lots of the friction. We took lots of breaks.
We met up with Amenda and Balanh and pedaled across the
lake. Their kayak easily left us behind.
Woodland Park Zoo
Nara went to the Vancouver Zoo as part of school field trip so
zoo's were something we were talking about a lot at home.
The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is better zoo - large enclosures
and reasonable crowds so we decided to take some of our holiday
Monday walking around. I don't really understand why, but
our kids really like carousel's so that was the first thing we
It was a warm day so a lot of the outdoor
animals were sleeping or in the shade. The indoor aviary was
a favorite. We had lunch at the restaurant on site.
The kids recently figured out that chicken fingers and fries is
their favorite meal out and even if we don't see it on the menu,
they will check what the other kids are eating to see if it is an
off menu choice. Needless to say, today was a chicken strips
Molly Moon Ice Cream
Their is a stretch of Wallingford we used to
visit quite a bit - a flew blocks around Molly Moon Ice
Cream. There was a nice kids book store (still there) and a
really nice consignment kids place and a few good restaurants for
dinner. And ice cream. Nara had her first lick of ice
cream there - she got a lick of my strawberry cone (just straight
up strawberry - not strawberry and balsamic vinegar or anything)
and she didn't like it. It was another 6 months before she
finally figured out ice cream was a treat.
Anyways, we went back for Ice cream
before we started driving back to Vancouver.
Molly Moon really stretches the
definition of "one scoop" - for example you can have two flavors
for the one scoop price. Their kids cones are
similarly over delivered - the ice cream volume is reasonable, but
they roll the ice cream in sprinkles to make it over the
top. The kids thought this place was amazing!
After our Camping trip at
, we came up to Courtenay to visit family.
On Saturday we dropped in to Visit my grandparents and met up with
Jessica and her kids.
The grandparents are gracious hosts, but four kids gets on anyones
nerves after a while. We decided to go for a walk. We
visit the Malard Nature park with a walk along the trails.
Kids, rocks and a river - who isn't happy.
This weekend happened to be the same
weekend as the Vancouver Island Music Festival and there wasn't a
hotel room anywhere. My Aunt kindly offered to put us up on
the farm. How can kids not love the farm?
Of course, when you are on the farm, you have to do chores.
The kids chore is getting the eggs from the chickens. Eggs
don't come early in the morning - you want to wait until later so
you don't rush the hens. The eggs are still warm so you have
to be quite gentle when you put them in the basket. The kids
were really good!
After a few days of visiting in Courtenay,
we drove down to Victoria to visit my parents. My
parents live within walking distance of Outerbridge park and with
four adults in the house, there is always someone to parent.
Outerbridge has few different bodies of
water and is quite productive for flying insects. I was
surprised to see three different kinds of dragonflies in such a
For a big activity day, we decided to
visit the Kinsol Trestle. This is a new thing for me - this
Trestle was in disrepair when I lived in Victoria and has been
restored in the last few years to make it a local
destination. There is no sign out on the highway for the
Trestle so you still have to know it's there before you go drop
in. My mother had a plan - a cooler full of lunch fixings
and a wagon to get it to the trestle.
My Dad, the kids and I biked to the trestle. The trail is flat
and wide so the kids biked down pretty fast. The trestle
really does impress you - it's huge and curved so you can see how
big it really is from either end. We went to the far side and
setup lunch on the benches in the shade.
After lunch, Nara and I walked to the bottom of the trestle to
appreciate it from other angles.
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