In a vain attempt to escape the heat and smoke in the air–because check this out; when have you seen a weather forecast that says “smoke” instead of “sun” or “cloudy”:
…we headed north about 20 miles, to Snoqualmie. We read about the Western Railway Museum, where one could take a steam train ride–right up Sam’s alley!
Except no. Apparently that’s only on weekends. But I didn’t feel too bad, because the people right in front of us made the same mistake. The website said “Open daily 10-5” or whatever…and neglected to mention that while the visitor center is open daily, the train rides are only offered on weekends.
But c’est la vie: We got to look at a couple of trains, at least.
We spent a few minutes in a pretty little park a block from the trains:
I share this one for two reasons. (1) Sam’s amazing squatting skills, which I wish I possessed. And (2) Theo had twisted his ankle slightly, but was having a big drama moment about it. And Sam trotted over and squatted down to see if he was okay, which I thought was super cute.
Then, because our train ride plans were foiled, I looked up what else we could do in the area. This is where smartphones/technology are a beautiful thing: so easy to find reviews of fun activities in any given area! I happened upon blueberry picking. We’ve been meaning to go fruit-picking with the boys literally for years, but our farms are in a very hot area, and whenever the fruit is ripe, it tends to be prohibitively hot for picking (at least for my taste). So, we never end up going. But today we did, and it was great fun! Theo was actually silent and diligent for about 45 minutes, which is some kind of record. (I swear we need to live on a farm with that kid…if only we could afford it.)
All in all, we picked 4 lbs of delicious blueberries!
I took this shot to show the haze in the air, but the pic doesn’t do it justice. The huge mountain was RIGHT in front of us, but quite obscured by the orange haze in the air. It looks almost pretty in this pic, but it’s actually pretty gross.
After lunch at a taqueria, we went to Snoqualmie Falls, but very briefly because it was scorching and because my gut issues started flaring. (Because of course. I thought I was safe with a breakfast taco of scrambled eggs and a bit of bacon, but no…)
Thank god for pepto bismol, which made me able to function again for dinner at Auntie Lisa’s. The boys had an awesome time playing in the yard with the hose. Isn’t a hose like the greatest toy ever for a kid?!
Unbeknownst to me, Theo wrote a review of the Kids YouTube app and submitted it. When he showed it to me after it was published, I was actually kind of surprised how thoughtful it was.