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Thursday, August 15, 2013

After 9 days of what seems like a whirlwind tour we are back home again from Seattle struggling to get back on Ohio time after not sleeping on the Red Eye and spending so far one day being confused about napping and bedtime. We had a great time seeing two of our granddaughters and their mom and dad. We took them to swimming class at the pool, and spent an afternoon at a Splash Pad. We took them to the library to pick up their stickers and certificates for being summer time readers, and we went to the park to watch them ride bikes and play on the swings. We visited museums! We saw the museum at the Tulalip Indian Reservation which is north of Seattle. We sat in the long house and learned all about salmon fishing in northwestern canoes and harvesting natural foods for the winter. We also saw MOHAI, the Museum of History and Industry which our son worked on for 5 years as the art designer. What a fascinating place to learn about Seattle and all of the people who lived there in the past and present and all of their achievements. I could have spent another day there because there was so much to see and read. We also spent a whole day at the Woodland Zoo seeing all the animals and watching the elephants while listening to a zookeeper tell us about how they use their trunks to open deadbolts and sliding locks and other interesting things. We watched a raptor show with the birds flying over our heads and landing on nearby perches. We saw owls, a turkey vulture, a falcon, and a golden eagle learning about each one. The Golden Eagle weighed almost 7 pounds and is a huge reclusive bird with a great wingspan. Our 7 year old granddaughter has the wingspan equal to a red tailed hawk and our little 4 year old has the wingspan of a barn owl. We also saw animals in natural settings including a pack of Arctic wolves, grizzly bears, river otters, a trio of baby jaguars, lions cubs, and a baby giraffe. We were as excited as our granddaughters as they enjoyed showing us around the zoo and riding the carousel. What fun! My husband and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary with our son and his family at a vegetarian Thai restaurant. We also enjoyed wild Pacific salmon a few times and lentils and rice, grilled chicken and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables from our daughter-in-law's garden. They raise a few chickens for fresh eggs in a small backyard coop and also distribute raw milk from a Creamery on the Olympic Peninsula from a small building behind their house. Our son with his slingshot and Sofie, their Olde English bulldog protect the chickens from a neighborhood cat who stalks them when they are out of their coop cleaning up the garden and yard and enjoying vegetable scraps. So we never had a dull moment while we were enjoying the smell of western red cedars and salty air from the Sound and the sea. Seattle is so different from our Ohio lake environs and the corn field across the road, and was just the vacation we needed to share time with our little grands and to catch up on their lives so far away from us. So far this summer we have managed to see all ten of our grandchildren and they all plan to come home to be with us for Christmas this year. Then we will make some more memories and share lots of hugs and kisses...

Because we were so busy and I walked and climbed hills and steps I was able to maintain my weight while on vacation which is always good to see when one steps on the scale getting back on track! WooHoo!
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