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Our time was short, but oh so sweet in the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington! Keith and I had both been to the city before but not with the kids. It was fun to see everything through their eyes and enjoy beautiful sunny weather here as well! Here’s how we enjoyed our first 24 hours…

Sea glass hunting and fish and chips for a sunset dinner at Alki Beach!

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A perfect way to start any day in Seattle… in Pike Place Market

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and you of course have to have a frappucino at the very 1st Starbucks!

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I love wandering around the market. There’s amazing art and foods. Frank’s is one of my favorites for produce. I bought one of their hand painted canvas shopping bags the first time I came to Seattle and I use it for my groceries at home all of the time!

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I’d never been to the gum wall, let alone heard of it, until these kids took me here! Yuck!!

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Can you spot the Carney crew amidst the mayhem of ABC gum? If you too want to visit this lovely spot when you come to Seattle, just take the stairs down from the popular Pike Place Fish Co., where they throw the fish around, and turn left down Post Alley.

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We ended our day with the infamous Ride the Duck Tour, which takes you on a tour by land and then into Lake Union for part of the trip. It was lots of fun and we enjoyed seeing Gasworks Park from the Lake. We even had a picnic over there the next day!

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Our 2nd 24 hours…..

We are a family who loves our donuts, so we had to try Seattle’s Top Pot Donuts! They actually made the donuts for Starbucks up until a few years ago.

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We then headed to Fremont for most of the day. Our kids are big into the Geocaching craze and we were able to set up a visit to the Geocaching Headquarters here. Pretty hip and fun place with 70 plus employees now working for their parent company Groundspeak. I have a separate post coming all about Geocaching if you have no idea what I’m talking about… stay tuned!

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There are beautiful views of the waterfront behind the Geocaching Headquarters too.  You could see Mount Rainier in the distance. Can you spot it?

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Fremont’s Troll Under the Bridge is a fun find! I’m so glad Geocaching brought us over to this side of the city. It was a fun area with interesting shops and restaurants too!

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We decided to catch the monorail from Westlake Center Mall over to see the Space Needle. It was a quick, inexpensive and fun way to get over there. We did not spend the money to go up to the top of the Needle or to do any of the awesome museums in that area. It gives a good reason to come back one day!

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The monorail goes right between the EMP Museum and the Space Needle!

From the Space Needle we walked down to Olympic Sculpture Park for another gorgeous sunset.

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Goodnight Seattle! We had a blast exploring your beauty!

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Kids with KOA SLC sign

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We spent the last two weeks in Idaho hanging out in Wallace and Coeur d’Alene. Wallace was a cute, small town walkable from our RV park, which was great. We had a blast conquering the Route of the Hiawatha bike trail. We just came out of the first tunnel here and I was very happy to see the sunlight again. The ride starts out with almost 2 miles of riding through a pitch black and wet tunnel, meaning you have to have headlamps attached to your helmet to see in front of you!

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 The 15 mile trail is quite bumpy, but the scenery was gorgeous. It takes you through ten tunnels and seven high steel bridges. We opted to take the last shuttle of the day to take all of us back up.

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The town of Wallace is an adorable stop and has some fun antique shops and restaurants. We were able to do another bike trail from here, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene’s. We got a lot of bike time in here!

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This is honestly how we spent most of our time in Coeur d’Alene. Hockey camp took up our weekdays while Keith played in his first NHL charity legends game on the Friday night, which was a lot of fun to watch him having fun on the ice again!

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We took the boat across the lake a couple of times to Gozzer Ranch to hang out with our old hockey friends.

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You can see why the kids loved going over to Gozzer’s Lake Club!

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There is so much to do in Coeur d’Alene that we left untouched. Lots of amusement and waterparks and plenty of indoor fun to be found too. Luckily, we didn’t encounter any bad weather so we spent the majority of our time hanging out at the beach at our RV park and riding bikes into downtown. The kids loved renting canoes and water bikes and heading out on their own.

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And of course nighttime smores around the campfire with friends can’t be beat after a long week of hockey camp.

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Tubbs Hill is a fun little hike right past the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Marina. The kids loved jumping from the different cliffs and rocks, while we floated in tubes in the lake to watch them.

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We loved Saturday’s Farmer’s Market in Hayden. Plenty of organic produce to take home, treats to eat right away and all under beautiful shade trees!

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What are your favorite things you’ve done in this area? We will definitely make our way back here!