Summer adventures – trains, planes, ferries and automobiles07.16.14

To kick off the summer this year (3.5 days early) the kids and I took the train from LA to Seattle and then a ferry across to Victoria to visit my grandparents.  I was originally planning on driving back to Canada and doing the tour across 3 provinces but when attempting to figure out what that was really going to look like logistically, I found it was not going to work as well as I was hoping.  So this was the best way to at least get back to see the people that could not travel to see us anymore.  At almost 92 and 93, my mum’s parents are doing amazing but I don’t get back to see them as much as I would like to.  This trip allowed my children to see them as well as experience a really fun adventure along the way.

The train trip itself was 35 hours and actually was more like 39 on the way there due to an accident involving a car (the passengers were ok), an emergency stop when a train passenger fell down the stairs (hoping she is ok!) and then wait times for train issues in front of us.  We were not in any hurry so it was all good.  Friends of ours had mentioned that there were often delays and so I had planned to overnight in Seattle before heading to Victoria.  I am glad that we did not take the first ferry out that morning but also wish that I had planned for additional days in Seattle.  I could have spent a lot more time wandering around that city.  I will definitely be heading back there at some point.

We then enjoyed a number of days with family…dinners with my aunt and uncle, picnics and dinners with my grandparents, trips down memory lane, fish and chips with my in-laws (that happened to be on the island at the same time) and time for the kids and I to wander around Victoria enjoying its quaintness and beauty.  Mike then flew in to join us on the back end of the trip.  He had attended Royal Rhodes University (which at the time was a military college) so he had the opportunity to show the kids around his old stompin’ grounds and tell them all the funny stories that went on thereJ.

We then journeyed back to Seattle to enjoy some wonderful seafood.  My kids are such particular foodies that they were not big fans of the traditional battered fish and chips in Victoria but thoroughly enjoyed the seafood restaurant (Taylor’s Market) where we enjoyed Dungeness crab, calamari salad, seaweed salad and prawns.  Then it was back on the train and so nice to enjoy this unique family time together (especially over Father’s Day).

Although the main goal of the trip was to see family, the adventure part was a bit of a trial for trips to come – carrying their own luggage, ensuring kids could keep up with a more rigorous pace, making sure nobody left any items along the way (almost happened!!), trying different foods,…  Although Mike has traveled extensively and I have a little bit, we have decided that this will be a major goal while the kids are with us…we are also hoping that it will ignite enough of a bug that they will want to travel with us when it is really not cool to travel with your parents:).  I have had a very long list of places I have wanted to see for a long time and know that doing this as a family will educate and help all of us grow!

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