Loaded up in the van, filled up with gas, took a nice family selfie, and hit the road. It was already raining, and would continue to rain all the way to Seattle, all day, and all the way home. Hey, that’s life in the Pacific Northwest I guess. From our house to Seattle is about 3 hours- an easy day trip!
We currently drive a 2010 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan. It has a CD player and an aux cord input. We usually use an aux cord hooked up to one of our phones, but it wasn’t working, so we fished around and found a couple CDs. The first one we put in was the Chicago soundrack. The boys thought they were being tortured. It was fun to remember going to the show way back at the beginning of our marriage. But you know how when you listen to something with your kids (or maybe your parents) and you become a LOT more aware of some of the not-so-great content? Well, we ended up skipping several songs and then just turning it off. The only other CD we found – other than Christmas music – was one that I had burnt probably 5 or 6 years ago. There were some goodies on there: On My Way Back Home by Band of Horses; A Long December by Counting Crows; November Blue by The Avett Brothers.. But for some reason there was also a lot of Katie Perry. I must have been going through a phase when I put it together.
We arrived at the Seattle Temple 30 minutes before our scheduled appointment, so we walked around the grounds a bit and took some photos. It was still rainy, but we had umbrellas and stayed dry enough. The boys were less apprehensive to let me take their pictures than normal on this trip. I hope it’s a trend that continues.
We went in and did baptisms as a family, including some family names from both Carey’s and my sides. Afterward, we took the boys into the temple cafeteria for some lunch. Every one of us picked the barbecue ribs and mashed potatoes. Super tasty- but it was a little more than I was planning on spending for lunch. We made up for that with a smaller dinner.
We headed toward downtown Seattle.
I really like Seattle. It’s really similar to Portland, only to me it feels a little more advanced, and a little shinier. I guess the part that really is the most like Portland (well, downtown Portland) is Pike Place Market. The area is a little grungier than other parts of Seattle.
Still- downtown Seattle overall is a big thumbs up for me. Michael (my oldest) also really loves it and as we were walking through town started wondering about careers in the area and the possibility of moving there someday. Steven was indifferent – at least toward the city in general. Ryan and Carey are not big fans of city life.
We parked near the Olympic Sculpture Park, moseyed through that and then walked a mile to Pike Place.
We strolled through the market (I mostly just wanted to see the fish throwers- I love those guys!) and then continued on another half mile to the Seattle Public Library.
Arrived at the Library.
Yeah, the library.
When we told the boys that we were going to Seattle for the day, we asked them what they wanted to do. The decision was quick and unanimous: The Seattle Public Library. We’ve been there once before, but didn’t have a lot of time to expolore. This place is amazing. The architecture, design, everything! So they wanted to spend a few hours there and who were we to complain.
After visiting each floor, including my favorite red area, the map room, and the look out from the highest point, we met down on the main level and had Italian Sodas (Carey had a peppermint hot cocoa),
then took plenty of time in their little gift shop where Michael picked some Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy themed socks, Ryan opted for the Shakespeare theme, Carey got a notebook and I got a patch for my backpack. Steven, our minimalist, didn’t want anything.
Arrived at Kerry Park, which overlooks downtown Seattle and has amazing views.
We each took some time with my camera and got some shots. The idea was to stay until dark but it was flipping cold, so we lasted until 5:30 or so and decided to head on home
As we began the rainy drive, Carey started getting sick. We stopped in Tacoma for a new aux cord (so we could listen to some decent music) and Excedrin. I also picked up a few pizzas which we ate in the car while I drove.
Carey thought we were going to die. He had to stop driving for a while because of a killer headache, so I took over. Unfortunately my night vision is not that great. I lose some depth perception. That along with the rain and no freaking street lamps had him on the edge of his seat. But we survived. After about 40 minutes we pulled into a rest stop. He got out, got some fresh air, vomited, and then felt a million times better. I happily handed the keys over to him and took control of the music instead.
We pulled in to our driveway, came inside and went to sleep.
Chatter about the day proved to be very positive- a good time had by all. It was just nice to get away for the day, and to spend some time together outside of the house.
We did not hit the space needle or some of the other “main attractions” in Seattle this time around. We’ve done them before. It really was nice to just take it slow.
PS: The photos of and in the library were not taken on this trip. I put the camera away to enjoy the time. These were taken on a trip back in 2014.