Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bucket List #81 | Windemere Cup

I'm really not sure why, but I had heard of the Windemere Cup prior to moving to Seattle. It's a fairly prestigious rowing competition held yearly on Lake Washington.
It was so random, but the whole thing is free and we thought it would be fun to go cheer on the Huskies. We were pleasantly surprised by how fun it ended up being! There were thousands of people gathered, the weather was beautiful, and the final race was quite exciting! (The New Zealand olympic team barely edged out UW)
The weather was great and the event was set up with all kinds of fun extras - a bouncy house for the kids, food trucks, flags, and a photo booth.
We arrived pretty early, and got a decent spot, but I wish we'd have gotten there just like 20 minutes sooner and been closer to the water. That way we could have avoided some of the rude college students who showed up later. :)
Overall, this is such a fun event, and will we probably go back if we're around next year. We give it:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Bucket List #13 | Alki Beach

A couple of weeks ago, the weather was straight up GORGEOUS. It was like 70 degrees outside. Landon had to work so I worked on some projects and played with the kids, but I started to get restless. I went in where Landon was working and said: can you be done in about an hour and go to the beach with us? He's a good sport, so we packed up and left!
We ran into some pretty bad traffic, which was annoying, but once we got to Alki we found an amazing parking spot, loaded up our stuff and staked out a spot on Alki Beach. Alki (way on the South end of Seattle) is famous for it's actual sand and it's view of the Seattle skyline. It's also the only beach in the area where you're allowed a fire. Because of these factors, it's also extremely crowded and very touristy. There are a ton of little shops and restaurants around.
We only stayed for a few hours, but it was a beautiful afternoon. Something that is good to know: there are a very limited number of fire pits, so honestly if you want to do a fire you need to get there pretty early in the day. We lucked out and a nice woman who was holding a spot for our group let us start our fire and cook our hot dogs while she waited for them to come.
Overall, Alki was a pretty fun trip and I'd be happy to do it again, especially if we had a bit longer and got there earlier. That said, Discovery Park is still my favorite beach in Seattle. 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bucket List #15 | Victoria, BC

The best thing about going to Canada is the beautiful ferry ride over - or at least Walt sure seemed to think so! I'm telling you guys, this is the way to travel.
Or maybe it's the chocolate. They just don't make it like that (for reasonable prices) here. We may have come home with an exorbitant amount. The grocery store checker made fun a me a little bit.
Or maybe the best thing is just how gorgeous it is.
And seeing some awesome stuff didn't hurt, including the Royal British Columbia Museum:
Where Walt proceeded to pick out every possible electronic device and spent all of his time staring at screens. :)
And the BC Parliament Building, which is seriously cool.
And the Fisgard Lighthouse. (Wow!)
Or the best thing might also be the fish 'n chips we had in a sleepy area of Victoria, right on the pier. Best fish I've ever had.
Probably the actual best thing about going to Canada is simple: international cell phone service. It forces us to shut down our phones, look out the window and actually talk to each other.
I'm so glad Landon was a good sport and let me talk him into this island getaway. :) It was beautiful and a great way to spend spring break!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bucket List #49 | Kerry Park

The last stop we made with Grandpa Burgener was the iconic Kerry Park in Queen Anne. I've always wanted to go here and it seriously lived up to the hype. You park along a quiet neighborhood street, round a corner, and this fantastic view just sort of smacks you in the face:
We were also super lucky, because there happened to be a professional photographer hanging out up there wanting to practice lighting, and we were the lucky subjects. :)
The park is small and there's not a lot to it, but it's worth the drive up the hill just for the photo op.
Our little boy of course had to see the playground, which is down the hill a bit from the view point.
My kids both loved it. This slide set into the hill is pretty epic:
I would easily give Kerry Park:
It's just a quick stop but if you have a car - do it. Take lots of pictures, stretch your legs, and keep on site-seeing. You won't be sorry!