This week is full of fun and frivolity.? Monday I had an acupuncture appointment, drove to Parkland to go pee*, worked and came home to prepare dinner for Tricia, Michael and Rita.? Tuesday the boy and I accompanied the Kenny family to Mt. Rainier.? I love that they wanted to do something besides the usual Seattle stuff.? Not that Seattle isn’t fun and we won’t be doing that later in the week, but there is so much more to see in Washington besides Pike Place Market.
After a struggle trying to figure out how to hook a car seat into the rental car (thank you Michael for driving… I would have lost my shit along those roads before we even made it to the park) we were on our way.? We thought we were smart and would stop early at the Copper Creek Inn for lunch.? Sadly they weren’t open until 11:30 and it was only 11.? We were hungry so we continued on.? Eventually we made it to Longmire for lunch (also too early).? Lunch was mostly mediocre.? Certainly not worthy of the $14.75 I paid for my Cobb Salad (that had tomatoes on it so I might die of ebola or something by the end of the week).
The plan was to continue up the “hill” to Paradise to do some “hiking,” but when we arrived there was still 12′ of snow on the ground.? We had a small boy in shorts, a lady in flip-flops and a little girl with a nasty cough so we did a National Lampoon’s moment and said, “oooo, look at the snow” and continued on down.? My child was all too disappointed that he didn’t get to play in the snow.? I was all for throwing him into a snow bank, but thought better of it.? I don’t want to cost the trusty husband any more in therapy than I already have.
On the way up to Paradise we stopped out a viewpoint to admire the vista and snap a few photos.
(There is a photo of Tricia and I, but I’ll post it tomorrow.)? Right after I took this shot
we tried to get the kids to stand together so we could take a photo.? Rita thought it would be a good idea for the boy to sit on the little rock wall and proceeded to “assist” him onto the wall.? I don’t think I’ve ever seen two women move so fast in their lives.? That girl is strong and the boy weighs nothing.? And on the other side of that wall… oh, a 300′ drop straight down.? Honestly!? Who puts a 2′ ledge between people and a sheer cliff?? Poor Rita was so confused as to what all of the fuss was about.? Needless to say we didn’t stay long at the Viewpoint.
We did stop at a waterfall on the way down.? That was only slightly less scary.
We finished off our afternoon walking along a little trail at Longmire.? Perfect length for two kids, easy to do in flip-flops and full of history and wildlife.
This has been a nice mini-vacation for me and the boy.? I’m so inspired by yesterday’s adventures that I hope to keep up the activity level.? So if you don’t hear from me for a few days, well, I’ve either died of ebola or we’re out having fun.
*I’ll tell that story another day.