Snoqualmie Falls and Leavenworth

We started off our last day in Washington by having a picnic at Snoqualmie Falls. Then we continued east, up into the mountains, to the little “Bavarian village” of Leavenworth.

We went for a nice hike along the Wenatchee River and then walked around exploring the village shops. We finished up our day by having a delicious German dinner at the Andreas Keller Restaurant. The bratwurst and weinkraut were amazingly good!


Gas Works Park

We finished off our day exploring Seattle at Gas Works Park, which must have the best view of Lake Union and Seattle. The boys enjoyed rolling down the giant hill. I was very tempted to join them, but figured I would hurt myself.


Ballard Locks

Our next stop of the day took us to the Ballard Locks. We learned all about the locks in a nice visitor center, then got to see some boats actually pass though the locks.

Next we visited the fish ladder, where it was very difficult for me to get a picture of the finish jumping through the air. They have an observation tank by the ladder, where you can see the giant fish on their way upstream.


Exploring Downtown Seattle

We parked at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle, then walked down Pine St to Pike Place Market. We wandered around looking at all the shops and produce, visited Rachel the Piggy Bank, and tried to look (but not touch) the Gum Wall.

After seeing all there was to see at Pike Place, the boys and Aliciana caught the Seattle Monorail and visited the Space Needle. I picked up the car and then picked them up, before heading out for more adventures.


Ferry Ride Into Seattle

We started off a long day of exploring Seattle by catching the ferry from Bremerton to Seattle. We drove our car onto the ferry, which the boys thought was cool. The views were beautiful but the wind outside on the deck was quite cold.


Seattle Mariners Game

It wouldn’t be a Ladd summer vacation without a trip to a baseball stadium. This was the boys second time seeing a Mariners game at Safeco Field.

We got to see King Felix pitch, but unfortunately the Mariners’ closer ended up blowing the save. After the game, we walked around the Pioneer Square part of downtown Seattle.