Posted by: thequaches | August 20, 2009

Road trip update… continued

We left you all off at Ballard Locks, right?  That’s when Morgan lost her first tooth!  I lost interest in blogging and was just too tired from the traveling, slow internet access… blah, blah, blah… so let’s finish up the trip with a wrap up review!

After a yummy breakfast, we headed out to the Locks to watch the salmons “jump” — that’s what we told the children and it’s what others were telling us as we were walking into this place!  The place is a mouthful to say, no?

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Here’s Vince and Ethan patiently waiting for the salmon to jump… every time one would jump, we would be so excited… but then it would take another 5 minutes before another would jump out.  So, do not expect any photos of them actually doing it — it was too random for me to even focus!

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There’s Alex, Matthew, Uyen and Ryan, and Ed’s Mom, Mrs. Yeh.

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It was hard to be patient… so we took a walk down further and watched the salmon just hang out in the water.

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Outside we saw these cool sculptures of waves….the children found them to be fun to hide behind.

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Vince liked these.. what was the name of this plant again???  My mom has these in her front yard.

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After the Ballard Locks visit, we went to lunch then headed over to the Pacific Science Center.  We only had a few hours, so we moved pretty quickly through the displays.  Oh, turns out that our Happy Hollow Zoo Membership allowed us into this place for FREE!!!!  I know… what an awesome deal!

Here’s our attempt at getting a photo of all 6 children at this cool place!

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How cool is that?  They could actually spin Saturn?!

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At the entrance of the critter area, Ethan saw this huge preying mantis…. “whao,” he said!  he stared at it for quite some time….

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Morgan and Vince attempted the chess game I think.. not sure how far they got!

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We first into the butterfly house and one just so happen to visit our backpack:

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Stand still  Daddy!

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Leaving the butterfly house, the children ran right into these.  I loved (ahem… I mean, they loved…) these 3D puzzles!  These made Morgan remember that Uncle Matt and Uncle Leo bought her some for her birthday!  Not life size, of course!  Smaller puzzles…

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I promise you I did not pose him here.  He literally climb up and requested a photo… of course he’s saying cheese!  I tried so hard NOT to scream!  😉

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Uyen was brave enough (or just crazy like the rest of us!)  to have this hissing Madagascar cockroach crawl up her arm — I never thought I would ever see her doing that… and she’s smiling!  🙂

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Matthew, on the other hand, wasn’t so sure he wanted to touch it….

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The boys tried playing a 3D version of tic-tac-toe…

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They all patiently waited for their turns to move this mechanical dino (Vince included :)):

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How big  were those dinosaurs really?   Well, see for yourselves!  Here’s a Duckbill footprint!

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This looks likes a fine spot to sit and rest.. no???

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As we wandered into the dinosaur section, Ethan was so excited!  He asked me to take a picture of each one.  “Uh pick-ture, uh pick-ture….”  When I asked him to stand in front of the dinosaurs so that I could include him in the photo, he replied, “No… uh cary… oohhhh.”  I kept asking what he was scared of and he just kept telling me… “No, uh cary!”  He didn’t say it in a scared way really – almost like a joke.  But in the end, he would not stand in front of any of the dinosaurs!  Oh well!

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After exploring the indoor part, we went outside and discovered some cool water features and scupltures.  Ethan insisted we took a photo here… he really liked the dinosaurs!

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Morgan was fascinated by this water feature:

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Matthew’s eye lit up when he saw this feature!  He did not want to leave!  AWESOME!

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Morgan, James, and Alex worked well together here (with the guidance of Ed’s parents) :

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Vince was brave enough to go up and ride this bike — made me nervouse just taking the picture of him up there!

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They all got in and turned the wheel — Ethan did an awesome job balancing himself while the others did the work!

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  1. Looking at this blog makes me want to take another road trip already! We had a lot of fun, didn’t we?

    • YES — that was a lot of fun and we would totally go again with you guys! ( including your FIL and MIL! )

  2. glad you guys had so much fun!

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