We had our last bunch of visitors out for awhile. It’s been quite a year of people in and out of the guest room – we had people coming out before we even had all our boxes put away! – and it’s been awesome. Earlier in January, my parents and sisters came to visit. My sisters hadn’t been this far West yet and we were so excited that they’d spend some of their precious winter break out here. We tried to show them some of the best stuff around…..perhaps some day they’ll come back. 😉 I know, I know. College life is busy. Truthfully, I’m looking forward to getting back soon and seeing them in their natural habitat…..campus life…..
We had so-so weather – a little bit of all the winter-time options, from rain to fog to sunshine – while they were here. Still, it was a break from the Vortex of Awfulness that is sitting on the rest of the Midwest right now. We did some downtown stuff, took a ferry ride, hung out on a beach, took a little driving tour of the city, went snow shoeing, and even took my sisters out for some belated 21st Birthday drinks. Evelyn got to spend a day with her grandparents, Andrew and I got a reprieve from bedtime with the girls, and my sisters got to wander in the International District on their own for awhile. A special thanks to Tim & Deary for loaning us a vehicle that seated all of us. It was spectacular to be able to travel together the whole time and made our excursions SO much easier. Still, it also reminded me that I am NOT cut out to drive a humongo car like that. I can when I need to…..but I don’t want to very often…..My little mini-minivan is plenty for me! It was also really lucky that we finally got some snow the weekend before they arrived. The mountains have been pretty bare this year – to the point where folks are quite worried – seems it’s all stuck in the Vortex or something. There was just enough to warrant snow shoes on one of the trails…and the other was spectacular.
Plenty of pics – some from me and some from my sister. Enjoy 🙂
Their flight got in late, so the girls woke up to happy faces 🙂
A little fun with the iPad….
a super cool new app to play with…
A perfect Seattle day for the market. It actually hailed. HAIL. Ick.
Claire stayed nice and toasty in Papa Hank’s coat.
The girls explored my neighborhood during a lull…..and promptly got SOAKED. It was funny…to me…
All loaded up in the Expo!
Ferry to Bainbridge Island…
Hanging out at Fey Bainbridge – it was actually warmer out there than Seattle-side!
My sisters hung out downtown while I took Claire to a doctor’s appt. I think they had fun wandering in the International District
Then I took them on a driving tour of the city while we caught up. LOVE my sisters!!
We ended up in a great little park in Magnolia – the sun came out, the mountains peeked through, and I think they got to see a bit of what we love so much out here. Except for the hills. We don’t LOVE those.
Next day we headed out for some Snow Shoeing. I was proud of myself – Andrew was at work, so I got to lead the whole expedition….including driving the Expedition!
Mom & Dad did their own thing about the 1/2 way point, leaving just a group of sisters to go on.
One set of sisters promptly fell asleep.
I *might* have taken a little scenic detour. Luckily my sisters know enough to expect as much from me. It was all good.
At one point I even got to pull them both on the sled. That didn’t go so well….and then I wound up pulling Evelyn and carrying Claire. Thankfully they’re easy to pull on the snow!
We took my sisters out to a great little 21+Up establishment. There were freebies. It was fun 🙂
Last day – ROAD TRIP! Off to Mt Rainier!
Lunching in the Lodge
(she loves pickles, just like me!)
It had snowed 5′ in the last three days. This is a LIGHT year for snowfall….as in people are really worried about how little there is….which amazes me!
It took us forever to do a little loop because we kept stopping to take photos. Oh well. It was just SO beautiful up there 🙂
This entry was published on January 28, 2014 at 11:00 pm and is filed under Hikes
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