We stayed in Seattle to visit Steve’s family; daughters, grandchildren, great grandchildren. The KOA campground in Kent was next to multiple wild blackberry bushes. We had a good time picking berries, making jam, and eating homemade cobbler. We visited Pike Place Market, the Seattle Space Needle, Chihuly Glass Exhibit, Underground Seattle, University of Washington, Lake Meridian, White River, the little town of Olalla and multiple Starbucks. Maddison celebrated her 6th birthday and we celebrated our 6-year wedding anniversary with parties galore!

It was fun taking the Ferry to Bainbridge Island to the Cities of Winslow and Poulsbo. Norwegian immigrant Jorgen Eliason founded this “Viking City” in the 1880s; Poulsbo was settled in its early years by a large number of Norwegian and other Scandinavian immigrants because of its similarities to their native countries. Poulsbo has maintained their Scandinavian heritage that has earned Poulsbo the nickname “Little Norway”. We walked and shopped along the main street and enjoyed the sunshine on the Boardwalk along Liberty Bay in Puget Sound.

Caitlin and I drove through the Nisqually Entrance along the beautiful forest road entering the old growth forest of douglas fir, western red cedar, and western hemlock. We hiked from Paradise Inn Visitor Center to Myrtle Falls. In the distance was the highest mountain of the Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, and the highest mountain in the state of Washington, with the summit elevation of 14,417 feet. Caitlin tried to befriend a pika by offering blades of grass with no luck. Smart mammal wanted to eat potato chips instead.

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