Friday, February 3, 2017

Adventure Day

Hi Friends, 
 Yesterday was our second Adventure Day of the year, and the first with our "adventure friends"!

We had plans to go to MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry).   The last time we went was for Daniel's birthday a couple of years ago. You can read about it here, if you like. 
We really enjoyed it because it is such a great museum for young ones with lots of hands -on/interactive things to explore. 

We made good time down into the city.  Hannah sat shotgun to run the GPS.  Taking us the shortest route, it took us by way of the floating bridge, which is a toll bridge, ๐Ÿ˜’ but by the time I realized the route, there was no other way to go.  I figured, hey, it's adventure day, and the kids have never been over the floating bridge so...
They thought it was pretty great.

Driving in the city can be confusing and frustrating!  The signs are sometimes hard to find, and there are lots of one-way streets, and of course, there is always construction of some kind.  Anyway, I missed the road leading into the parking lot so we had a little city tour too.  ๐Ÿ˜‰
Once we were back at the parking lot, we discovered there were NO parking spots, and that we would need to find street parking (and not free).  Around the block we went a few times for a little more city touring...
NO parking still, BUT I had an idea.  The Center for Wooden Boats is a fun little historical center - and it shares the parking lot with MOHAI.  All the free spaces for the CWB were available... and since it was adventure day - we decided to be adventurous and enjoy a new plan - we would visit the Center for Wooden Boats!

It was super fun to walk on the docks and check out the boats.  It was a beautiful sunny day, but it was sooooo cold because of the wind that whipped across the Sound.

We walked past the boat house where a couple of gentlemen inside were restoring a boat.

Look at this perfectly organized workbench.  I particularly like the bottom left drawer. ๐Ÿ˜‰

All the boats along the docks can be boarded for you to check out!  All they ask is that you where a life vest.  We decided to just check them out from the dock, because it was super, super, cold where the buildings were not blocking the wind, and no one wanted to take the time to fit the vests over their jackets. 

Once we were all thoroughly frozen popsicles, we decided to head into the MOHAI and meet up with our friends.

We said our parting "Good-byes" a little early as Margo's little one wasn't feeling too tip top.  It worked well for us too, as Hannah wasn't feeling too tip top either.  But we had this adventure day planned for a while.  I was hoping the outing would be a bit of a distraction.  Good friends, always help.

We drove home a different way (to avoid the toll again).  I figured we could add one more thing to adventure day ๐Ÿ˜€...
a clean car!

In spite of the hiccups in the beginning, I'd say it was a very successful adventure day.  The kids enjoyed the day, and I am always so happy when we can find something fun and memorable to do together.

- Carol

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