Wednesday, December 28, 2011

3-Day Northwest Tour

Since my husband has never road-tripped with my road-trip loving family, this holiday we decided to introduce him to the great "Rienas" tradition - with a 3 day jaunt up I-5.  So at 7am on the day after Christmas, we all piled into the car and took off for Vancouver, British Columbia (where my extended family spends their holidays.) 

Nine hours later, including two strategically planned pit stops (hello, J.Crew Outlet!), we descended upon our destination... only to be met with some interesting discouraging terrifying news. We had miscalculated our sleeping arrangement - and we only had ONE room. ONE room for FIVE people (including one middle-aged snorer who shall remain nameless.)

It was a rough night.

Despite our sleep deprivation, the next day we were still able to cram in visits to some of the best places in the city: Granville Island, West 4th, Gastown, and Stanley Park.

{Fresh food at the Granville Island Market}

{View from Granville Island}

{Hot husband}

{Cute little boy feeding the pigeons}

{Holding hands with a moose}

{Polar bear beanie}

{Steamy clock in Gastown}

{Will you be gnome for Christmas? Ha.}

{Gastown lamps}

Due to our previous night's sleeping experience, after our quick tour of Vancouver we decided to make the 3 hour trek back to Seattle. Armed with Tim Horton's coffee and Esperanza Spalding's Chamber Music Society, we made it to my brother's Queen Anne apartment by 1am. 

The next morning we explored Arden's stomping grounds. 


{View of the Puget Sound from Olympic Sculpture Park}

{Jumbo lobster tails at Pike Place Market}

{Classic tourist picture}

{View from Arden's office building}

It rained, no POURED, all day (the downside of the northwest.) By early afternoon, we were soaked and ready to go home. 

So we did.   

Congratulations Zach... By sitting for 14+ hours in a car with 4 other adults, spending the night listening to resounding snores, sharing a bathroom with your in-laws, and never complaining, you've officially been named a "Rienas." (And that's a title you shouldn't take lightly.)

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