Saturday morning we got up and continued the drive on to Washington, I dropped Lisa off at her sisters house and continued onward to Seattle to stay with my brother. The kids were so excited to be at Carson's house and to play with their cousins. Sorry that I don't have many photos of the cousins. I didn't take the camera with me, and I have found that I don't take as many photos when it is just my cell phone.
Here is a shot of my kids destroying Carson's toy room. They loved all the legos and toys.
Carson and I took a bike ride on some of the sweet trails that are all over his neighborhood. Seeing as how it was the day before Father's Day, we took this photo in honor of our dad. The name of the trail is "Old Mike". Our dad's name is Michael, and well, he is old, so there you go.
Tucker is fascinated by animals. He was in heaven in Carson's back yard catching tree frogs, giant slugs, and salamanders.
Aubrey was even super pumped to get in on the action.
That night after dinner Marisa made an awesome strawberry shortcake dessert. Aspen and Aubrey were her little "helpers" and decided to get silly with some of the whipped cream.
I seemed to have brought the sunshine with me from Utah because we had fantastic weather while we were there. This is the awesome view of Mt. Rainier (14,411 ft high) off of Carson's deck. He lives in a cool spot.
Once inside the aquarium, the kids were delighted and excited at the sights around every corner. The main tank at the entrance had the scuba diver in it. They thought that was so cool and even gave him some high fives through the glass.
We spent a fair amount of time at the tidal pools so the kids could see and touch all the sea stars and anemones. One of my favorite things about the Seattle aquarium is that it is set up to show case all the marine and sea life of the Pacific Northwest and the Puget Sound. It's cool to see up close and personal the local and native fauna.
They thought this skull of an orca was pretty awesome.
Aubrey was giving the statue of a seal a kiss.
A cool overhead view of a tank full of salmon.
After the aquarium, the kids really wanted to take a ride on the ferris wheel that was next door. The weather was so perfect that I decided it was totally worth it. On a side note, this bad boy is 200 feet high. I have an irrational and inexplicable fear of heights on man made objects. I don't know why, and I think it's stupid. I can dangle my feet from the edge of a thousand foot cliff, or jump off a cliff into a lake, or climb really tall trees with ease. But for some lame reason when I am on bridges, sky scrapers or ferris wheels my chest feels like it has a vice grip on it. Even when I breathe slowly and tell myself everything is alright, I can still feel the fear gripping me. I know, dumb. I'm not afraid of anything else in this world. Not spiders. Not snakes. Not the dark. Not fights. Not even death. But freaking heights on man made structures.
Here is a view back at the aquarium we just toured.
So we waited our turn in line and then got our own gondola. I was curious and worried if any of my kids had inherited this irrational fear, but thankfully they all thought it was awesome and loved it. Daddy was the only wimp this day.
The views were so great. We could see all the way to the Olympic Mountains. We had great views of the Puget Sound, the harbor and downtown Seattle.
They were loving all the sights from up so high.
Look how tiny the people on the ground look.
A cool view with the Space Needle in it.
Looking towards the Port of Seattle and the Stadiums for the Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders.
After the ferris wheel ride, we walked across the street and went to Pike Place Market. We had lunch at a cool Mexican restaurant. The kids loved the flavored sodas I got them. I believe we got mango, mandarin, and pineapple.
I had to get a photo of the kids on the famous pig statue.
It was delicious too. Carson's kids and my kids all loved it and gobbled it up. We had fun playing with them one final night before our long trek home on Tuesday.
On the way home I took this photo of the Baker City, Oregon sign to remind my family of our campout we had there last summer.
Our kids really are great road trippers. They behaved admirably for the 13.5 hour drive. I set up a DVD player on each bench and would throw them candy or jerky whenever they would begin to stir or get bored. Thank you kids for making it easier on me!
Because it was such a long trip and I was the only driver, I bought a couple of Monster energy drinks to keep me wide awake through out the drive. Let's just say that not only did it get the job done, it fired me up so much that I was rocking out for most of the drive.