Saturday: First Day at Folklife

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Last night, we stayed about ten minutes outside Seattle, so after packing up the car and checking out of our motel, we drove to Seattle Center in search of coffee and breakfast. Landon suggested we go to the first established Starbucks down at Pike Place Market, but to make things easier, we ended up driving down to the water and went to a Starbucks on Alaskan Way. As you can see, there were many choices:

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After enjoying bagels and hot coffee, we drove to our hotel to check in before heading to Folklife. Here was where we stayed, within walking distance of Seattle Center, where Folklife is held.

We arrived at Folklife right when it opened (around 11AM), and you can still see green space. An hour later, the crowds were so dense, there was no green space to be found. This picture was taken at the Mural Amphitheatre, where we heard the Clumsy Lovers later that evening.

Samuel running towards the fountain. Despite the forecast for rain, it was hot and sunny both days we were there. This fountain provided welcome relief from the heat. Samuel actually ended up stripping down to a t-shirt and underwear. Then we lost him. He disappeared in the crowds, and we spent about fifteen minutes looking for him, during which I thought I was having a panic attack. He finally found our stroller, and everything was okay again until a few minutes later, when he slipped and fell, slicing his knee and toe pretty good on some metal that was part of the fountain structure. At this point, it was 2PM, so I took the kids back to the motel room, Samuel crying all the way, and we rested, cooled off, and had snacks.

By the time I got back to Folklife with the kids, it was nearly dusk. We ate dinner, then went over to the Mural Amphitheatre to hear the Clumsy Lovers. I took this picture of the Space Needle from where we sat on the grass. The band sounded great, and it was good to see Chris and Trevor again. Before we knew it, the day was over, and it was time to head back to our room. It was already nearly 11PM! Where did the day go?


Rachel Catriona said...

Looks like a great day!! I should've gone!

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