Meeting up with the Bro

Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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with the Earl Family

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Monday, August 3, 2009

We left Toronto really early and flew over the Rockies to Seattle. Travis, Virginia's sister-in-law’s step brother (who we had met skiing a couple of year’s ago) came to meet us as we were going to be staying with them - Travis, Laura, Emma, McKenzie and Isaac at their house in Ballard, Seattle.

What was also exciting was that Carl (Virginia’s brother) and family were arriving from California in the afternoon and that we would all be together. We had a mellow afternoon going to the local park and watching a team of children play American football. It was baking hot and the kids were kitted out in padded shirts, big helmets and were having to jog five times around the field. We sat in the shade and watched.

That evening when Carl, Kellie, Duncan and Jayden had arrived we all had a great barbecue in the garden and Shelby, Travis’ sister called by too. We had a lot of catching up to do and it was great to see all the cousins (on both sides of Kelly’s family) playing.

The next day Virginia had an early morning appointment with Apple to try and load all the tracks she had accidently erased on the iPod. The rest of the family got dressed and we all eventually met up with Carl et co and Virginia at the Pike Market. This is the Covent Garden of Seattle but only with a fully active fish market, which in itself, was highly entertaining. Imagine a London market with the stall holder yelling out produce and price and people shouting out for what they want and then it being thrown at them wrapped in paper, then speed that up 10 fold and you get the picture.

Before we ventured to the Aquarium we went for lunch and enjoyed some clam chowder.

The Aquarium was great fun for the kids – starting with a pool in which the kids could touch various sea creatures. Fynn was disappointed that there was not a shark there but forgot soon enough when they discovered the sub-aqua equipment they could dress in.

Travis dropped Ian, Virginia and Fynn at REI. This is an amazing shop if you are into outdoor equipment and are in the Seattle region. Within the shoe section is an artificial climbing area so you can test your walking shoes for comfort, outside there is a mountain biking trail and in the middle of all this a full size climbing wall. There appeared to be presentations nearly every day on various aspects of outdoor living (including this week’s talk on "Hikes in Scotland"). What a shop – what an experience.

The next morning we went to the beach. The kids played and searched the beach for various treasures. It was sad to say farewell to the Earl family, we all had a great time with them.

We then took a taxi to collect the RV and for our hour orientation video.

Then we were on the road and off to Anacortes before we left for Vancouver Island.
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