Friday, July 1, 2011
Seattle Day Four
I forgot to mention, at the end of the Day Three post, what was happening with my whole GPS fiasco. Earlier in Day Three before we headed into downtown Seattle I actually called the rental car place and explained that the plug wasn't charging my GPS. We plugged the GPS into Crystal's computer and it powered on just fine, that's how we came to the conclusion. They said they didn't have a replacement vehicle, but it was probably a fuse and I could come in to have it fixed. I had too much to do to be spending time doing that, so we just went about our day, it was charged for now.
Well, we ended up discovering a second vehicle power adapter outlet in the back seat. So we ran the GPS cord from the back seat to the front windshield. It just made it! Hey, whatever I had to do to get the most out of my vacation and not spend any more time with the GPS mess, right? It wasn't over yet. After we left the Space needle, we hopped on the freeway and headed towards Crystal's house for dinner. We were talkin' and talkin' when Crystal looked out the window and said "we're almost to Tacoma!" The GPS never spoke a word. It never told me to exit or turn. It took us thirty minutes out of the way. Needless to say, I packed that Tom Tom back in it's box, and stuck with my trusty Garmin for the rest of the trip!
On day four we went on a little hike. It was a bright and sunny day, perfect to go walking through the shady forests. Crystal was a sweetie and packed us a picnic lunch, and we stopped at a roadside produce stand to pick up some fruit on the way. I'm a destination hiker all the way. I like hikes that take me somewhere cool, give me something to work towards. This hike was to a water fall called Twin Falls. It was a very well traveled trail, easy enough for the little ones to do, and had hand rails and bridges in the places where the earth was really soggy. The forest was so dreamy and magical, I felt like any moment I'd spot a fairy in the dense a pretty greenery that surrounded us.
For dinner that evening Crystal and her family took us to a place called Ivar's. Crystal seemed shocked I had never heard of it, but it's true! We grabbed some fish and chips and sat at our dock side tables watching the sunset over Lake Washington.