Snoqualmie Falls

Mother’s Day this year was spent with Jesse’s Aunt and Uncle Rollie and Ginger Grant at their house in Kent, WA, just outside Seattle. Rollie took the boys to the Boeing Air Museum, and Ginger and I went shopping to treat ourselves. The best part about visiting this time of year is all the color in the trees and bushes and flowers. Tulips have passed by now, but huge Rhododendron bushes are full of huge flowers! Ginger liked to call them “rhodies” and we all picked up saying that too! Ginger had a ton of rhodies in her yard, as did Kristi back in Poulsbo. We even went through a small town with a Rhodie Festival. Perfect timing for that one!

The day after Mother’s Day, Rollie and Ginger took us to Snoqualmie Falls which was near their house. It was a huge waterfall in a beautiful area. Parts of that area were filmed in the TV show Twin Peaks too so that was interesting. It was a hot day too, you know we never got rainy weather the whole time we were in the Seattle area?! I remember visiting the falls on our last visit here, 15 years ago, and I hope to be back to visit them again sooner than later.

Nearby, Jesse’s cousin Josh works on an organic educational farm. We stopped by for a quick visit to check it all out! They do a ton of school field trips and sell their crops to fancy restaurants in the city. They do more then that, but that’s a quick overview! Josh is an awesome farmer and loved showing us around. The boys loved the snakes that kept popping up but I could take a hard pass on that. (MT)

Boeing Museum of Flight

Today Woody and I got to go to the Boeing Museum of Flight at Boeing Field with my Great Uncle Rollie. The first thing that we saw when we were driving in was the brand new KC-10 refueled that looked like they were ready to be shipped out. When we went inside we saw tons of planes in the main area. My favorite ones were the Beech 45, the Aerocar, and the F-4 Phantom. Next, we walked into the WW2 exhibit where we saw about 10 more planes. I learned about the American Volunteer Group that helped defend the Chinese from the Japanese during World War Two. There was also a case full of almost every airplane from World War Two. My favorite places from in there were the Heinkel He 111 Z-1 Zwilling, the off centered Blohm & Voss Bv-141, and the North America F-82 Twin Mustang which looked like two P-51 Mustangs attached.

Next, we went to the World War One exhibit where we learned about fighters during World War One and some of the things they did. For example, if a pilot shot down another plane they would try to land and get to the crash site quickly so they could take any memorabilia they could. After that, we went to the aircraft pavilion where we saw most of the bigger planes including the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-29 Super Fortress, the 787 Dreamliner, the 747, the F/A-18 Superhornet, the F-14 Tomcat, Air Force One, and the Concorde.

My Great Uncle Rollie retired from Boeing a couple years ago, so it was fun talking with him about airplanes and stuff.