Adventures in Seattle

21 Jul

Ever wanted to go to circus school? After meeting one of Andy’s friends who did just that, Peyton decided she must give it a try. It just so happens that Seattle has a circus school with introductory weekend classes! With Robin’s mom, brother, sister-in-law, and nieces coming up for the weekend, Peyton also strong-armed her cousin into taking the class with her. While there were a few activities that Peyton and Em didn’t get to try in the two-hour class (like the tightrope and German wheel), they did get to trapeze, juggle, trampoline, and all kinds of other fun activities.

Peyton’s synopsis: “That was two hours? It felt like five minutes!” Sounds like success to us…

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Little big top

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Ta-da!

After circusing, we headed down to the Seattle center to brave the Bite of Seattle crowds and visit the Space Needle. Big crowds aren’t as much fun as they used to be…and we tried to find quieter corners where we could hide. When did we become so crowd intolerant?

Robin’s sister-in-law had exacted the promise that we wouldn’t do the space needle without them…and we kept our word…although we must admit we did get impatient and almost snuck in a visit. Not really. Even visiting the observation deck is expensive now…inflation and demand have made this more of a “once in a lifetime” kind of thing. Hope you remember this girls!

While waiting for our time slot, we chanced upon this most awesome carnival ride…giant inflated balls on water! The three cousins HAD to give it a whirl. This activity was Robin’s favorite, and she could have watched those girls all afternoon. Much cheaper than the space needle too! Peyton figured out a technique, and actually stood several times, and got in a few steps before the ball slid out from under her.

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Peyton getting inflated with a leaf blower type thing

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Madi trying hard to stand up

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Peyton and Em running the maze at the EMP Museum

We made it up to the observation deck…very cool elevator ride up! Last time Robin and Andy were up here we were kids (about 30 years for Robin and she wonders how in the world she could be old enough to have done something 30 years ago…), so it was like a new experience for all.

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Pondering the view

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There’s Tango…somewhere in that crowd of boats

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Our free photo included in admission…just a little off center

After all that excitement and crowded activity we decided to take it down a notch on Sunday. The original plan was to go sailing, but with no wind and a light drizzle, we decided to stick to shore activities and visited Green Lake Park up in Ballard. We walked the lake loop and geocached along the way. Lots of crazy northwest people were out in bathing suits swimming in the 65 degree air temp under cloudy skies…what were they thinking?! We even saw a bald eagle poop…and that’s not something you see every day.

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Ducks!

Thank you again family for braving nine people sleeping on Tango! We love visiting and making memories together.

2 Responses to “Adventures in Seattle”

  1. FAVORITE uncle July 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    It looks like nearly is leaning to the right, what was going on?
    Wish I could have been there to make it an even ten, isn’t that how many sardines pack into a tin?

    • four2tango July 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

      I noticed that too and almost said something about it!!! I have no idea what that was about. We would have LOVED your addition to the pack.

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