Pike Place Market, and a whole lot more!
Two of my brothers flew out to Seattle from Ohio and spent 5 days with us earlier this week. We had a very full and very fun time with them! We got out to see just a handful of the many things in this area, and still had time for quiet woodsy walks, relaxing evenings, and some sleeping-in. :)
I was especially excited about getting to go to Pike Place Market for the first time! It was full of interesting things and people.
The produce displays at Pike Place Market were so beautiful. I bought a few bananas and apples for us to snack on. :)
One of the many fish displays at Pike Place Market. The boys even got to see live crabs swimming in a tank!
I didn't buy any salmon, although Joshua makes fabulous grilled salmon... :)
We saw these beautiful blue roses! A little too pricey for me though. No wonder the blue roses at our wedding were made from silk! ;)
We got to see Vince Conaway performing at the market. It was beautiful! My brother Phillip bought two CDs from him and we enjoyed listening to them. :)
Some random cuteness spotted in the original Starbucks store in Seattle... For the record, I have never actually bought or drank anything from Starbucks!
After spending the morning in Seattle, we went for a walk in a park near our house. There is a long trail and little hills everywhere, and we all walked for about 1.5 hours! It was good exercise and fun. :)
The children and I got our picture taken by this huge tree stump. :)
We hiked to the top of a huge hill and were able to spot the Cascades through the trees. Okay, so, we're folks from FLAT NW Ohio and mountains make me feel all happy inside. Haha! :)
It was a long ways back down! Yehoshua (4, above) and Eliyahu (3) really got a workout! :)
Yehoshua and Eliyahu, looking up at their Uncle Rich. :) This park is huge and mostly wooded, with nice trails, but no real views.
Back at home...
The park explorers read some stories with their Uncle Phillip.
Ruth got lots of holding from both of her uncles.
On Saturday, Rich and Phillip drove out to Eastern Washington to visit a friend of ours there.
They were cowboys for an afternoon. Fun! :)
Traveling on I-5 through downtown Seattle... a bit of beauty even amidst layers of freeway.
Looking up, up, up! Skyscrapers are difficult to photograph. Especially in a moving vehicle.
We arrived in Bremerton, WA and got to explore a battleship! It was a self-guided tour, and was quite fun. We spent almost 2 hours on and in the ship.
On one of the decks...
...and in the kitchen. I would not have wanted to live on a ship like this...
...even with a stainless steel kitchen! ;)
Rich tried his hand at navigating...
...while Phillip talked on the phone. :)
We took the ferry from Bremerton back to Seattle. Beautiful. :) It was a new experience for Rich, Phil, Yehoshua, Eliyahu, and Ruth. :) The hour ride passed quickly.
It was dusk when Seattle came into view.
Yehoshua and Eliyahu begged Rich to rough-house with them. What is it with little boys and rough-housing?! They frequently run circles in our living room. They also like to run around and around the kitchen table, driving cars along the edge... Like, the long hikes we'd been taking didn't do a thing for them! :)
On Tuesday we did some leisurely shopping and then stopped at Walnut Street Coffee for coffee and tea and scones. That was so fun! The experience made me totally want to use my fancy tea pot more often. :)
We walked around at Richmond Beach Park, just a few miles from our house. It was lovely!
Hilly terrain, lots of mountain views and lots of water!
I don't really get tired of looking at the mountains. :)
And now... it's late. We're coming down with colds or something. I need to get my teeth brushed and head to bed!! :)