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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.

Time To Make PhonecallNara My Coworker

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.
Claira Navigating

We met up with Amenda and Balanh and pedaled across the lake.  Their kayak easily left us behind.

Water LilyAlong Come Amenda And Balanh


Transfering To KayakHappy In The Kayak

Woodland Park Zoo

Riding Carousel

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 went to.


Hippopotamus
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 day.


Bird Taking FlightWatching Gorilla Eat
 
The Tiger ApproachingWatching Lions Sleeping  Penguin Swiming By

Giraffe Looking InGirls Playing On Hippo Statue
 

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.

Nara Walking Into Molly MoonsWaffle Irons Cooking
  Anyways, we went back for Ice cream before we started driving back to Vancouver. 


Eating Cones Together
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!

Claira With Chocolate ConeNara With Vanilla ConeEating Cones Outside

Visiting Courtenay

After our Camping trip at Rathtrevor, 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.

Arabella With Pink RibbonsFour Kids OutsideGreat Grandparents And Great Grandkids


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.

 
Arabella Walking To RiverThrowing Rocks Into RiverFour Kids On Log
 
 Nara Playing Shark TagClaira Playing Shark TagDogs And Kids At Sunset

Visiting Pony
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?


Walking Out With Egg BasketsCloudy Sunset SkyUpper Field At Sunset

Going To Chicken HouseClaira Getting Eggs

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!

Nara Getting Eggs

Victoria

Bewicks Wren On Old Branch
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.


Dark Eyed Junco Eating InsectsHouse Finch In Evergreen



Blue Dragonfly Red BlackberryWarming In The Sun
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 small park.

Cardinal Meadowhawk
 


  Claira Driving Nara

Kinsol Trestle 

Starting Picnic Trip
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.

Inside Curve Of Kinsol TrestleKinsol Trestle Covers SkyFlowers Next To Rail LineClaira And Her Bike
 
After lunch, Nara and I walked to the bottom of the trestle to appreciate it from other angles.

Nara Passed Under Kinsol TrestleReady For Bike Ride
 
 


Frog In Weed




Nara Playing Shark Tag
Person: Nara
Tags: Kitty Coleman Provincial Park
Eating Cones Together
Person: Nara, Claira, Helen
Altitude: 73m (239 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: ice cream, Seattle
Claira Getting Eggs
Water Lily
Altitude: 46m (150 feet)
Location: Go To...
Upper Field At Sunset
Tags: sunset
Walking Out With Egg Baskets
Dogs And Kids At Sunset
Tags: beach, Kitty Coleman Provincial Park, sunset
Ready For Bike Ride
Person: Claira, John, Lloyd, Nara
Altitude: 133m (436 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking
Claira With Chocolate Cone
Person: Claira
Altitude: 73m (239 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: ice cream, Seattle
Claira Driving Nara
Giraffe Looking In
Tags: Seattle, zoo
Arabella Walking To River
Dark Eyed Junco Eating Insects
Species: Junco hyemalis (Dark-eyed Junco)
Altitude: 33m (108 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Outerbridge Park
Cloudy Sunset Sky
Eating Cones Outside
Person: Nara, Claira
Altitude: 73m (239 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: ice cream, Seattle
Bird Taking Flight
Altitude: 104m (341 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Seattle, zoo
Riding Carousel
Person: Claira, Helen, Nara
Tags: carousel, Seattle, zoo
Waffle Irons Cooking
Altitude: 70m (229 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: cooking
Claira And Her Bike
Person: Claira
Altitude: 128m (419 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: biking
Penguin Swiming By
Altitude: 105m (344 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Seattle, zoo
Visiting Pony
Starting Picnic Trip
Altitude: 138m (452 feet)
Location: Go To...
Hippopotamus
Tags: Seattle, zoo
Arabella With Pink Ribbons
Person: Arabella
Frog In Weed
Species: Rana catesbeiana (American Bullfrog)
Altitude: 12m (39 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Swan Lake
Claira Navigating
Person: Claira, Helen
Altitude: 35m (114 feet)
Location: Go To...
Going To Chicken House
Along Come Amenda And Balanh
Kinsol Trestle Covers Sky
Altitude: 135m (442 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: trestle
Girls Playing On Hippo Statue
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 107m (351 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Seattle, statue, zoo
Claira Playing Shark Tag
Person: Claira
Tags: Kitty Coleman Provincial Park
Bewicks Wren On Old Branch
Species: Thryomanes bewickii (Bewick's Wren)
Altitude: 36m (118 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Outerbridge Park
Watching Lions Sleeping
Tags: Seattle, zoo
Nara Walking Into Molly Moons
Altitude: 69m (226 feet)
Location: Go To...
Flowers Next To Rail Line
Altitude: 120m (393 feet)
Location: Go To...
Time To Make Phonecall
Person: Claira
Altitude: 35m (114 feet)
Location: Go To...
Happy In The Kayak
Person: Claira, Nara
Altitude: 44m (144 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: kayaking, Seattle
Throwing Rocks Into River
Altitude: 17m (55 feet)
Location: Go To...
Four Kids Outside
Person: Arabella, Claira, Lexi May, Nara
Inside Curve Of Kinsol Trestle
Altitude: 121m (396 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: trestle
Nara Getting Eggs
The Tiger Approaching
Tags: Seattle, zoo
Nara Passed Under Kinsol Trestle
Tags: trestle
Nara My Coworker
Person: Nara
Altitude: 50m (164 feet)
Location: Go To...
Watching Gorilla Eat
Altitude: 105m (344 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Seattle, zoo
Cardinal Meadowhawk
Species: Sympetrum illotum (Cardinal Meadowhawk)
Altitude: 34m (111 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Outerbridge Park
Four Kids On Log
Person: Arabella, Claira, Lexi May, Nara
Altitude: 6m (19 feet)
Location: Go To...
Blue Dragonfly Red Blackberry
Species: Rhionaeschna multicolor (Blue-eyed Darner)
Tags: Outerbridge Park
Nara With Vanilla Cone
Person: Nara
Altitude: 73m (239 feet)
Location: Go To...
Transfering To Kayak
Altitude: 48m (157 feet)
Location: Go To...
Great Grandparents And Great Grandkids
Person: Claira, Edna, Nara, Philip
Warming In The Sun
Altitude: 33m (108 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Outerbridge Park
House Finch In Evergreen
Species: Carpodacus mexicanus (House Finch)
Altitude: 34m (111 feet)
Location: Go To...
Tags: Outerbridge Park
Tags: Seattle(13), zoo(9), Outerbridge Park(6), ice cream(3), Kitty Coleman Provincial Park(3), trestle(3)
People: Claira(14), Nara(12), Helen(3), Arabella(3), Lexi May(2), John(1)
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