For our third Mystery Day Trip, we picked Carrie’s plan. It was a great day, and a wonderful reminder of what a great place the Puget Sound is.
First up: Downtown Seattle!
The weather was a bit stormy as we approached Seattle, so we opted for Pike Place Market (with its indoor options) rather than the waterfront. It had been quite a while since I’d made a trip to the market. I’d forgotten the bustle of a gazillion people shopping for fresh produce and flowers or artwork or music. I’d forgotten about all of the colors, and the musicians and the tons of different shops. It was nice to go back, and fun to see all the sights. Plus, A got to feed a giant piggy bank. No photos of the gum wall, even though we walked past it. Mostly because it’s incredibly gross. Someone had made a marriage proposal in gum, which made me think that Hubby’s driveway proposal was pretty romantic, in the grand scheme of things.
After wandering through Pike Place, we headed back to the waterfront. The weather was still a bit soggy, but that just allows for photos in the rain. We meandered to the arcade and then headed back to the car for a snack. The car was important, because…
Next stop: Ferry Boat…
Gotta tell ya: it’s adorable when a 3-year-old gets excited about an approaching ferry boat. It is also adorable when she spies another ferry boat out the window of the first ferry and gets excited about that one, too. It’s even more adorable when she literally RUNS around the outer deck of the ferry you are currently on, trying to find the boat we’re supposed to riden. Perhaps a giant ferry boat seems more like a building than a boat?
… to Bainbridge Island!
We headed off the ferry and to the Kids Discovery Museum. I thought it was amazing. There was a whole city in the downstairs area, with a grocery store and a bank and a doctor’s office. There was a postal box and letters, and you could deliver those to the businesses. The grocery store had a register and you could either shop or work in the store. The register was full of five-hundred-dollar bills, so I’m not sure that they have a great policy for when to take the money over to the bank. I (sadly) had to force myself to stop re-merchandising the whole store. I may have a problem. The upstairs area had a craft room, a giant, person-sized lite brite, and various games that involved golf balls rolling down inclines. I think they may sneakily be teaching kids science at that museum.
Outside, there was a play ferry boat and a chalk wall. You know what you do if a 3-year-old asks you to draw on a chalk wall with them? You say, “of course I would love to! What should I draw?” and you draw their requested ferry.
Then, when they look at you kinda funny and say that they think it needs a wand, you realize that she’d said FAIRY and you quickly draw that instead. You know, to prove that you weren’t an idiot that assumed that you were supposed to draw a ferry, just because you’d recently waited for a ferry (while jumping up and down with excitement), ridden on a ferry (while running around the deck), and played on a toy ferry. Silly grown-ups! I did really like that A didn’t tell me I drew the wrong kind of fairy. I’m under the impression that she just thought I had horrible artistic skills. Or perhaps that I was drawing some sort of robot-fairy. Either way, she was very kind when she asked me to add a wand.
After the museum, we walked Winslow Way, which has a lovely little Main Street USA vibe, and did a little shopping. Carrie and A picked out treats for the dogs at B.I. Barkery, I picked out chocolate-bacon candies for Hubby at Bon Bon Confections, and we perused a bead store and a book store and a grocery store. My top tip for shopping Bainbridge? Go to Danger and buy me this couch. The one with the circular area for curling up with a good book and a glass of wine. Thank you! Ok, my REAL top tip? Bring a three-year-old, and make her carry ALL of your purchases. They’re young, and have lots of energy. Besides, they look so cute when your purchases are just their size.
Next up: Poulsbo!
I will be honest: by the time we got to Poulsbo, I was getting a little on the tired side. I’m pretty sure that’s why I have almost no photos. Since the Poulsbo Marine Science Center had already closed, we went to a bakery, window-shopped Front Street, and played in a park on the waterfront. It was time to call it a day. Even though A hadn’t had a melt-down all day (which is pretty impressive for such a young child, starting at nine in the morning), it was nap time as soon as we hit the freeway.
Home again, home again…
We headed back home to complete the circle, and I for one was ready for bedtime.
I love our Mystery Day Trips, and I always feel like we find treasures in our area that I never knew existed. It’s also so fun to see what other people have selected as a fun thing to do. I hope our little Mystery Day Trip has inspired you to get out and do something fun in your area – share what you’ve done in the comments!