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Pikes Market and Ballard Locks

Had a wonderful last day..... Brad and I took Alaiya and Benaiah out for an adventure day exploring some parts of town we hadn't yet seen.

We started downtown at Pikes Public Market. The kids loved seeing all the big fish and crabs on ice as well as all sorts of intereseting crafts and goods.

Over the road we walked past the first Starbucks that originated out of Seattle and it had a line out the door!!!! There are starbucks everywhere!!!

This area was full of interesting yummy places to eat. Brad and I had a Piroshky - a russian meat pie and followed it with a Naoloean ( vanilla slice ) from a french bakery. ( Best I have ever had) The kids loved their eclairs from the bakery.

Headed over a bridge to Ballard, a scandinavian part of town. We spent hours in this area by the locks. After parking we walked through a pretty park where we had fun chasing and watching squirrels.

The kids loved watching the boats come through the lock and seeing the gates open and closing to let the boats through on the raised or dropped water levels. On the other side of this dam was the salmon fish ladder where you can go underground to watch the salmon swim upstream . Unfortunately it was the wrong time of year to see the fish.

Walking along the other side of the river were signs about not disturbing baby seals thtat come up on the beaches. We hunted for seals( wrong time of year ) but had lots of fun doing that. In another little park we found a really high pole and platform where Osprey eagles nest in the summer.

Need to come back in summer to see all the animals

We drove further north to another nice park on a beach and could see across Puget sound to islands.

The day was finshed with dinner at Maccas and a couple of hours play in the indoor play zone.

We all had so much fun!!!

Fish Market

Fish Market


Ugly Monkfish

Ugly Monkfish


Crabs

Crabs


Public Market

Public Market


Canadian Geese

Canadian Geese


Beach on Puget sound

Beach on Puget sound


Park on Puget Sound

Park on Puget Sound


Papa and Alaiya at Pikes Market

Papa and Alaiya at Pikes Market


Cuddle time

Cuddle time


Stalking a squirrel

Stalking a squirrel


Cute squirrel

Cute squirrel


Lock gates - watching a boat come in

Lock gates - watching a boat come in


Narrow squeeze

Narrow squeeze


Benaiah loves his Papa

Benaiah loves his Papa


Gates are opening

Gates are opening


The weir

The weir


Looking for seals

Looking for seals


Exploring fun

Exploring fun


Parkland

Parkland


Osprey platform

Osprey platform


Laylay

Laylay


Squirrel

Squirrel


So close to me!

So close to me!


Beach on Puget sound

Beach on Puget sound


Park time - it was freezing!!

Park time - it was freezing!!

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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