The weather was absolutely amazing the entire time we were in Seattle. I've visited four or five times now (I think) and I've never once seen the mountains that I've been told surround the city. I've now seen them with my own eyes! I can now understand fully why my brother and Courtney love it there so much. What an amazing place.
If I had my way in life, I would literally eat fish every day. Problem is that I live in a land locked state and fish does not seem as appetizing in Colorado (and Jan is a catch and release fisherman . . . for example we "caught and released" four huge trout today). Such is life. So when I go to Seattle, all I really want to eat is fish. However, we were walking along the Pikes Place Market and came across an outdoor restaurant on the second floor of a building with a beautiful view. We all agreed that the search for lunch was quickly over, no matter what kind of food the restaurant served. We had PB&M (that's marshmallow for you jelly folk) for the kids anyway. It turned out to be a Bolivian restaurant so we had steamed clams and oysters, paella, sangria and could have stayed all afternoon. But by that time, we had some pretty tired kiddos on our hands and some shopping to still do so we headed back to the market for flowers for Avery's communion and of course a lucky pig ride.
One of the many highlights of the weekend for Elizabeth was Lincoln Park. The park overlooks the water and is pretty amazing. I've gotten to go to many parks over the past 4.5 years and that one is at the top of the list. What really puts it over the edge (besides the beach, beautiful water views, dense forest) is the zip line. Yes, they have a zip line swing for kids, young and old alike. Needless to say, Madeline, Elizabeth and I must have rode the zip line 100 times until I was so exhausted from pushing the girls back up. So then we went on a nature hunt, looking for bugs. It's amazing what you can find by turning over a log. Elizabeth has the exact count but it was something like 6 worms, 2 centipedes, 2 snails, and 5 of the biggest rollie pollies you've ever seen! Those things were huge.
What's on the menu? This was of great interest to Elizabeth. I think if she had the opportunity, she probably would have tried a little grasshopper scampi.
For some reason, probably because of her book "Larry Get's Lost in Seattle," the main event of the trip was visiting the Fredmont Troll. Elizabeth talks about the troll all the time and really wanted to go visit him so of course Uncle Michael and Aunt Courtney brought us out of the way to check him out.
We miss you all already and can't wait to see you in July!!