The Fry Family Quartet spent the day as tourists in our former hometown today. While I biked between business meetings, Kristine, Henry and Ruby visited some of our favorite Emerald City places. Daily Dozen Donuts and the comic store in the Pike Place Market, Ballard, and PCC in Fremont. We ended the day with a picnic at Gasworks Park near the old Fry Lodge in Wallingford, while we waited for traffic to subside to an acceptable level before our drive north back to Bellingham. Seattle: a great place to visit.
For the past two nights, while staying at Fry Lodge Seattle, we’ve taken a family walk after dinner. Last night we went to the waterfront and enjoyed the telescopes at Pier 66. Tonight we ventured into Seattle Center, which has the best playground we’ve ever experienced – complete with a vertical ropes course leading to two long, high twisting slides. Both kids loved this new find. Henry’s only complaint was that the spiral slide “smells like armpits.” This was good family fun, and I hope we make a habit of these evening walks.
The Fry Family Quartet spent the weekend in Seattle after my return from an east coast business trip Friday night. We had a great time taking advantage of the big city amenities. The kids got their summer haircuts. We took in a movie (Inside Out). And, on Father’s Day, we went to Home Depot, where Kristine and the kids bought me a nail gun. I’m very thankful for my family today. Tomorrow, they return to Lopez while I stay in Seattle to prepare for the official launch of 468 Communications (Thursday, June 25).
Today, Kristine and I walked around Seattle all day. By ourselves. This is the longest no-kids stretch for us together all year. We hit some Seattle landmarks on our walk, including REI, the Center for Wooden Boats and Dick’s Drive In, where we had this amazing chocolate shake. Thanks to Carl and Kaye for taking Henry and Ruby for a few days while we recharge our batteries.
Today was a double celebration at Fry Lodge, combining Easter and our 9th wedding anniversary. We started the day with an Easter egg hunt in the apartment, followed by mass at Christ Our Hope church in Belltown and a family walk to Olympic Sculpture Park – where we had a picnic in the sun. The traditional ninth anniversary gift is willow – standing for nature and flexibility – so Kristine and I bought a picnic basket as a present for each other. It came in handy today.
Happy 4-5-6 Easter, Kristine.
The Fry Family Quartet is in Seattle for Easter weekend. It was a beautiful day in the Emerald City. We spent the day at many of our old haunts, including the kids’ favorite park on top of Queen Anne – where we took in some little league baseball and soaked up some sun. We ended the evening with some egg art and good laughs. Holy Saturday.
Two years of constant packing and unpacking came to an end this weekend for the Fry Family Quartet. We took possession of a downtown Seattle apartment on Saturday, which means I’ll now have a consistent place to stay and work when I travel to Seattle for business. We all love the view from the apartment. For the foreseeable future, that view will be a deep pit, construction cranes and cement trucks as another Amazon high-rise goes up across the street. It’s interesting to juxtapose this view and vibe with that of Fry Lodge Mud Bay.
Before returning from America, the kids got their quarterly haircuts. I can’t believe Rapunzel let us cut off four inches.