And it is time to post about our annual summer trip back to the States! As usual, we went first to Seattle for a few days, and then this year I really wanted to go to Tampa, FL to visit my brother and family, so I was able to meet a lot of people there and enjoy a great trip!
First off is Seattle. There were a lot of events, such as finally being able to visit the Seattle Aquarium, SeaFair and the Blue Angels, and also my dream of seeing Mt. St. Helens finally coming true!
Looking down at cool-colored water from the plane
The next few days were various activities, relaxing, and enjoying the nice (chilly!) weather after the heat of Japan. We went for dinner one night to Alki Beach with Kenji’s parents for some fish and chips, and also spent some time downtown and at the Aquarium, which we hadn’t been able to go to the year before. We also had fun watching the Blue Angels perform for SeaFair from the house. Finally, we went to another beach north of Seattle to run some errands and take some pictures. A lot was packed into a few days!
Starbucks and cupcakes from going to the mall our second day! We spent a lot of time shopping for various things we needed, then headed back for a rest before heading to Alki Beach in the evening.
A video (click to watch!) of the octopus. Unfortunately, right before I took this it did this cool color-change to white and back to red thing, which I wasn’t fast enough to catch. And of course, when I started the video, he didn’t do it!
Next are pictures from my favorite part of the trip, Mt. St. Helens! I was so excited to go!
A talk at a the first station leading up to the mountain on what happened and the after effects. The pictures the ranger is holding up shows the mountain before and after the explosion… a HUGE change
Mt. St. Helens was really awesome, but then it was time to go to Florida for a week! We had a rather grueling travel time, but were excited to get there! We went exploring the island on scooters with Mason, cooked a yummy shrimp taco dinner with Curtis and the family, explored another aquarium with Manatees, and went to the beach with everyone! The highlight was the last day, when we took a boat out onto the water for a day.
But first, my adorable niece, Makaira, making funny faces at the camera!
And an awesome video (click to watch!) of the manatees at the aquarium. They are my new second favorite aquarium animal ever, replacing Otters as the number two. Number one will always be jellyfish, but manatees are pretty close. And they make better stuffed animals.
Our last full day, my Brother borrowed a friends boat to take out to Egmont Key to enjoy the day. We got a bit of a late start, but had a great time out on the boat and on the island!
At the Rod and Reel Pier again for breakfast in the morning
We headed to the airport the next morning after breakfast, and went back to Seattle for a night before getting back on a plane the next day for Vancouver. We stayed the night in Vancouver before the plane back to Japan the day after that. It was a lot of exhausting traveling, but it was a great trip! It’s good to be back home in Japan though!
My last cupcakes from Seattle!
And that’s it! where, long post!