Lily thought it was cool that Starbucks was in a barn
Argosy dock, which is where we would board our day0cruise to Blake Island and Tillicum Village
A couple of cruise ships at the port
Jaime and the kids
Lily onboard the Goodtime II, headed to Blake Island
One of Lily's pictures as we were leaving Seattle
Wider view of the city, with the Space Needle on the left
Arriving at Tillicum Village
Longhouse where lunch was waiting
Native American show and dance during lunch
Owen loved the playground on the island
Lily enjoying the view
Arriving at our hotel in Olympic Rainforest, right after sunset. This is the view from our balcony
Breakfast in the main lodge required walking by the lake, what a hardship!
Several tree stumps by our room had been carved to look like mushrooms, the kids thought it was cool. Though it had been a little spooky the night before when they actually DID look like giant mushrooms from our balcony.
On the trail...
Really, really tall trees. And many had no branches until the top!
Weird, gnarly roots and tree trunks everywhere, and tons of giant ferns. Definitely in the rain forest
Jaime and Lily
The rainforest was so different than what we are used to at home - it felt so tropical! Just dripping with green everywhere
These red berries were everywhere... guessing they are not edible though
Coming into the city
We picked up our cruise tickets, then had some time to explore
Hanging out at the pier before our day-cruise
Brian and the kids
We walked down a little closer to the warships, but didn't have time to take a tour
Brian trying to photobomb
Mt. Rainier in the distance. Locals said this was a much better view than their foggy weather usually allows
Entrance to Tillicum Village from the boat. The had a clam appetizer waiting for us when we got off. Owen was unsure he wanted to try it but I stuffed some in his mouth anyway, and he immediately demanded more.
Our boat waiting at the dock
Lily gazing out at Mt. Rainier
Another view of Mt. Rainier, we couldn't believe how massive it looked on the horizon. It's as tall as Pikes Peak, but rises from sea level.
Owe had fun throwing rocks into the water and watching the boats go by
Same view the next morning
We loved Lake Quinault Lodge. Beautiful and perfect in every way! It was a great escape from the city for a couple of days.
Lots of really tall trees here!
The lake was serene and beautiful that morning. Glad we saw the view when we did, because it didn't last.
And there it is... the world's largest spruce tree
It was like walking through a tunnel of trees
Owen was excited to be trying out his very first pack
Owen loved having Brian read him all of the signs
Yes, you really could crawl through a hollow tree, so of course Brian (and Owen) did
Walking along the pier, since we were early for our cruise
Two navy warships were on display a few piers down
Big ferris wheel - we didn't ride but the kids enjoyed watching it
One of the Argosy boats, similar to the one we would ride
On our way to Tillicum village
The city as we sped away from it
Alki Lighthouse with Mt. Rainier in the background
Brian and Lily
Salmon roasting on the fire
Mt. Rainer and a ferry boat
And more Mt. Rainier
Really pretty flowers all over the resort
Lake Quinault Lodge, main building
(I take pictures of signs just so I don't forget what I was looking at!)
Family photo in the rainforest. A nice lady stopped us on the trail to ask if we would like one. Unfortunately, Lily had wandered off ahead of us at the moment and we had to call her back.
Lily, as usual, was attempting to maintain her "sparkle look" even in the wilderness
Very gnarly roots!
Lily's mood can oscillate wildly while hiking, but she did pretty well today for the most part and enjoyed taking lots of pictures