Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Trip Start Mar 28, 2013
Trip End Jul 31, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Washington
Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Everyone was looking forward to our drive today because some of it would be spent on a ferry boat! We passed some deer on the highway and drove by a lavender field which was common in the area. After calling to get information about the ferry a few days previously we were told to be there at least 30 minutes before the departure time to make sure not to miss it as they sometimes fill up. We thought we would try to catch the 10:25am boat and prepared the kids we may have to wait awhile on the dock. We ended up making great time on the highway and were the last ones to board the 9:35am ferry. Perfect timing! We boarded at the Bainbridge dock to take the 35 minute ride to Seattle. Everyone eagerly got out of the truck and headed upstairs to the observation deck. There was tons of jellyfish in the water and we kept our eyes open for other animals as well. It was great to get out and stretch our legs and be able to cover some distance without being confined to the car!
It was only a 25 minute drive from the dock to the KOA we were staying at. The kids were excited to see a huge blow up castle with slides and an obstacle course upon arrival. We spent the rest of the day at the campground playing on the air castle, swimming, and riding bikes. They had banana bikes you could rent where you sit in a seat and steer with the tire in front of you. The boys had a blast driving them and met a really nice family from England they played with most of the day.

Cohen ended up not feeling well that night probably from burning around all day in the sun and not drinking enough water. Fortunately, he felt fine when he woke up the next day!

Seattle's Central Public Library is not like any other library we have ever seen. It is an amazing 11 stories high made from metal and glass with a very unique architectural design. It has almost a million and a half books and 400 computers open to the public. The children's section was phenomenal with so many types of literature, resources, toys, and learning materials. We had a great time hanging out in this section then checked out all the other floors.
A bit more bad luck in the state of Washington as we got our first parking ticket outside the library. It was totally our fault as we voted whether or not to pay the meter thinking we wouldn't be that long in the library. I'll give Cohen credit because he was absolutely opposed to us not paying for parking! We should have listened! We ended being in the library for a couple of hours and the ticket was for $44! Lesson learned! 
Next on the agenda was Pike Place Market, famous for the fishmongers who throw their fish back and forth to each other and to their customers! It was fun to watch and some of the fish were a pretty amazing size. The market had lots of other booths selling everything under the sun. The flower stands were beautiful and outrageously cheap. The market was so packed with people, certain areas were hard to walk through. Glad we didn't have a stroller.

The first Starbucks was opened in Seattle and was right across the street from the market. The line was crazy long so we continued on to the gum wall. Yes, I said the "gum wall". It is actually an alley where millions of people (no joke!) have taken the wad of gum out of their mouth and found a spot on the wall to stick it! Gross! We still had to partake of the tradition and found a spot to stick our Double Bubbles to. You can imagine how much the boys loved doing this!
We had dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe before heading to Safeco Stadium to watch the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox. The game was lots of fun and the stadium was really nice. It had an open roof like the Skydome in Toronto. There was tons of different kinds of food to choose from like sushi, garlic fries, clam chowder, and fish and chips and a big climber for kids under a certain height. We noticed how die hard the Seattle fans were and so many people just seemed to be having a blast dancing to the music in the stands. It was really fun to watch and it made Canadians at the Blue Jay games we go to sometimes seem really reserved! It was an evening game so we weren't sure how long we would make it through. We knew the boys wouldn't have any problem and Clare did great playing on the climber with Aimee when she got bored or stuffing her face with popcorn! We made it to the top of the 8th inning before heading home with three tired children!
We loved Seattle and left a lot of the city unexplored for another trip. It was nice to have some down time at the campground and we really enjoyed ourselves there. We are staring to lose some steam when it comes to touring and may have to slow down our pace a bit! 
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Neil on

Reid currently has gum on his face from blowing bubble....will go stick it to your house and create new gum wall.

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