Hold the Fort!

Trip Start Jul 08, 2006
Trip End Sep 03, 2006

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Sunday, September 3, 2006

Teens like to sleep late. Hey, I remember being a teen. "Do you want to get up for breakfast?" I prodded my sleeping teen and reminded him that breakfast was part of our package plan. "You go ahead," he mumbled. It was nice, served in the main dining room, table service overlooking the kidney-shaped pool. I watched as the pool-service person cleaned it, lining up the chairs for the morning crowd. 
Matt finally got up and showered. Then he decided he wanted to try on all the new clothes from yesterday. "I might want to wear some of them," he said. I sit relaxed, watching the train tracks outside the window. Yep, he liked the new old-worn-out looking jeans and pronounced himself Ready To Go.

Pt Defiance Park. I drove past the Zoo, pointing out to Matt just where Andrew and Sam and I had been the week before. There's the big tree too, and notice the fire hydrants spaced out in all these trees. We kept driving, there's a replica of an early logging camp. But it's the fort we want to see. Ft Nisqually, where so much of Washington settlement began.

Not too crowded yet, we pay the fee and start to check it out. Inside the old-timey store, we learn about the fur traders, the Hudson Bay Company, the way of life back then. Children's toys, musical instruments, entertainment, food, clothing, and the all-important security issues. Same things we think about today! In the gift shop, we study all the trinkets there. I settled on an orangey-apricot bar of soap, with a twine-ribbon bow. Matt chose a bag of marbles, hey, that's what your great-grandpas used to play with, I said.
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