The in laws blew in like a summer storm and now are gone again. We were soooo busy - lots of sight seeing, lots of activities and I put a thousand miles on the clock on the car - not that much really but it seemed like a lot of driving!
We went to Pike's Place Market (hmm, any shots? Yes!) and made some really nice pasta with a fab GF mix of wriggly pastas
|Love the sanitary market across the street|
|Chihuly flowers, slightly fuzzy, thanks phone|
|I call this ship of fools|
|Hope there's no hail|
rode on the monorail (a five minute trip each way if that - how bored must the driver get?), dined at the restaurant on the Space Needle (how I love thee, Space Needle!),
|They gave me a special sorbet, then had to give me one without the wafer....|
had a rest day where we just tooled around Ballard a little
|?Chinook? salmon in the fish ladder|
|Sunset from Anthony's restaurant|
took off on a four day tour of the Olympic Peninsula (Nathan had been telling people he was taking his mother to the Olympics for her birthday - they thought he was really nice taking her to London! But we meant the much more fun and a helluva lot cheaper Olympics) and Mt Rainier - that deserves its very own post because OMG I can't choose between photos and there is so much there. I should put it on my travel blog. However, you might have to put up with a few shots here just for the nonce
|Up on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic Mountains|
|Mt Rainier from Reflection Lakes|
had a rest day (well Nathan had to go to work) because we were knackered
drove up to Anacortes and did a whale watching trip (we thought we would see Orcas but instead we saw at least one Minke whale, sealions, porpoises and harbour seals. And lots of birds)
|A stinky Minke whale. Honest.|
|Young Steller sealion bulls|
|A justifiably paranoid harbour seal trying to enjoy a salmon lunch|
and then the in laws were in a cab and off to the airport before dawn yesterday! I sat around for a while wondering what I would do with myself - I felt a bit lost without having to choof people off to see more sights. As it turned out, I found plenty to do - several loads of washing, some cleaning and vacuuming, putting away the bed, some knitting, some reading remrants on Ravelry and a whole lot of sitting around.
I have to say that Washington state is quite lovely in summer (well most of the bits we saw were). I have a new favourite town - more on that on the Olympics tour post(s), a new least favourite town, and a whole heap more places to go check out whilst the weather is good. If only it was like this year round, it would be perfect!