Getting Wet

It seems like visiting Seattle is all about getting wet!

Yesterday, we visited the Japanese Gardens in Seattle, where there was a pond full of gold and white poi and red-eared slider turtles, cousins of our pet turtle April.

Matt and Laura in the Japanese gardens

Matt and Laura in the Japanese gardens

If we had known red-eared slider turtles could live out here, we would have brought April to set her free!

At the Arboretum, we got caught in the rain, riding in a jeep without a top – a wet and windy ride!

Today, after watching the Blue Angels practice from a traffic jam on I-90, we had some yummy Mexican at Aqua Verde, a restaurant that rents kayaks for paddling around Lake Washington. Lake Washington is a free-for-all with boats – our friends Heath and Chrissy almost got run over by a cruise ship

Our friends racing away from a cruise ship

Our friends racing away from a cruise ship

and sea boats kept landing on the lake. Here is a picture of Matt and I getting wet in the kayak in front of Gas Works Park, a kind of spooky, rusted old gasification plant in a pretty city park.

Matt and Laura in front of Gas Works Park

Matt and Laura in front of Gas Works Park

There were cute little floating houses along the lake. One newer one was a small version of a Meditarian mansion, goldenrod yellow with spiral wrought iron in front of the windows.

Tomorrow, we’re going to go watch the Blue Angels show for real – we should have some good pictures!

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2 thoughts on “Getting Wet

  1. Yup. It’s me again. I’m at work and what I do is, I refresh this page every millisecond (I’m a fast clicker) and to my delight, you’ve updated the page for me to comment on. It’s not that I’m bored at work, it’s just that I’m choosing to be lazy. Love the pictures of you guys kayaking. As a matter of fact, I’ll be updating our page as well with pictures of US kayaking from our recent trip up to Fairlee Lake in Vermont.

  2. Freeing the turtle sounds good, but would she have been able to survive in the wild? She’s been living in a tank and hand-fed for so long — even if she does still have survival instincts, I doubt that she’d be able to apply them skillfully seeing as how she lacks experience completely.

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