Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Places I've Been: WA

Seattle, WA

Here's to the last domestic post for my "The Places I've Been" travel series!

The first time I went to Seattle was either fall 1991, or spring 1992. I can't remember for sure. I'll let my cousin Kari clarify. The visit was to see my cousin Kari and her new husband Larry. I traveled there with my Aunt Kathleen (Kari's Mom). We stayed with Kari and Larry in there apartment. When I look back and remember this trip I remember a few things. The first is the apartment. Kari decorated it beautifully. Her wedding colors were teal, and all around the apartment were accents of teal and so many beautiful pictures from their wedding. I also remember the mermaids. My cousin loves mermaids, and all around the apartment were beautiful mermaid portraits, figurines, and even lamps. It sounds over the top, but trust me, it wasn't.
Another memory is hot tea. We drank cups of hot tea just about every single night. And I loved it. I can still remember the flavor, and it was so good. To this day I don't think I've ever had anything like it. I'm sure it wasn't anything special, but I remember feeling so grown up drinking hot tea and chatting with my cousin.
Lastly was our trip altogether to Victoria, British Columbia. I don't remember the name of it, but we went to this amazing botanical garden park, with gorgeous flowers everywhere! The hotel we stayed in was this old Victorian hotel.
The whole trip was so much fun.
I think my second trip to Seattle was in spring of 1997? Kari had just had her first son Riley. What I remember about this trip is the perfect weather, crab legs, the Seattle Space Needle, and babysitting Riley. Our weather was truly perfect. The day we went downtown to the Space Needle was perfect. I went with my Uncle Billy and we had dinner atop the Space Needle. It was a lot of fun, and very memorable.
One night I stayed home and watched Riley, and was so excited to have him all to myself. He was about 6 months old, and while changing his diaper he rolled over into his poop...but thinking about it I think it was the dogs poop because he pooped inside the house?! ...I don't remember for sure. What I do remember is freaking out that Riley literally had poop all over him! When Kari and Larry came home I was terrified to tell them in fear that they would be upset with me. Now I'm happy to report that we laugh about it.
With the birth of Riley, I'm pretty sure that I traveled to Seattle every year to visit Kari and her family up until they moved back to Albuquerque.
Seattle is a gorgeous city, and I would love to go back.
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the emily said...

Oooh, fun! I went one time, my freshman year of college for a BYU-UW football game. We left Friday at 4 in the afternoon, got there the next morning at 7, football game at 10, then left sunday at 10. It was a quick trip and I was exhausted, but I loved what I saw of the city. We went to Jet City Imrpov, a comedy show, that was awesome and so funny, and then the original coldstone. It was a fun trip. Yours sounds awesome! Especially the poop part. That's pretty much daily around here.

Nikki said...

That's a funny story.

Anonymous said...

Oh...those were such great times!! I LOVED living there and want to go to visit one day soon too! Lets see how well my memory is...It was summer of 1992. We moved there in late spring of 1992 and I am pretty sure you guys came out after school ended. I LOVED that little apartment/townhouse .. It was soo cute. I still have pix of it:). The mermaids may have been slightly over the top, but I didnt care. I loved them. I believe Riley just had a "blow out" diaper, as he did pretty regularly at that age. We had a great dane, named Lexi, who was very well trained. However, she had a super sensitive stomach and if she ate something that didnt agree with her (pretty much any kind of table food) she would get the worst case of diarhea imaginable... I can guarantee that if she had pooped in the house, you would have remembered that! LOL We had a lot of fun when you came out to visit didn't we? Good times :)