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S: Our trip to Pacific Northwest July 2011

BC: "Family is what you make it. It is made strong not by number of heads, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show you to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit." Happy 70th Grandma & Grandpa!!

FC: Summer in the Pacific Northwest with Thompson/Peterson Family July 2011

1: July 2011 brought the first full Thompson family vacation with spouses and children in quite some time. We ventured to Seattle and beyond, and what a trip it was! All in celebration of a milestone for Grandma and Grandpa: turning 70 years old! The Space Needle, Pikes Market, Museum of flight, Chinatown and Ann's college friend Sondra Chang and family; these were just a few of the fabulous sights and experiences we had in Seattle. Then on to glorious Olympic National park with Grandma and Grandpa as well as Deanna & Neal's family. Crescent Lake, Hurricane Ridge, Sol Duc Falls, the challenging Storm King hike, and Ethan and Evan's illness were some of the high and lowlights. Lastly, a rocking ferry ride onto Victoria, BC capped off the trip. The best part for the kids was ziplining, but parents loved Butchart gardens and Craigdarroch castle. The beautiful city capped off a great trip!

2: Exploring the famous Pikes Market and waterfront.

3: An amazing visit with the Chang family. We are grateful for their hospitality, fabulous food and the ongoing friendship.

4: The Museum of Flight, home of Boeing!

5: Touring America’s first planes and airforce jets.

6: A fabulous afternoon with a bird's eye view at the Space needle

7: Majestic Mount Rainier

8: Fireworks at the Port Angeles Beach Aunt and Uncle, and cousins

9: Incredible views of Crescent Lake

10: Crescent Lake, family and a perfect afternoon

12: Making memories with Grandma and Grandpa at the Rialto Beach!

14: Hiking the steep Mount Storm King Trail and enjoying the Views of Lake Crescent

16: Hiking to Magnificent Marymere Falls while Ethan stayed back (sick) with Grandma in the hotel.

17: Amazing Hurricane Ridge

20: We can see Victoria | Playing Frisbee | Hike with Dad | Nap time | Snowballs in the Summer!

21: The Famous Butchart Gardens outside of Victoria, British Columbia.

25: Dancing at Butchart, Merry-go-rounding with Grandma, and one of the many great meals in a wonderful town.

26: A Visit to the Parliament and to the Royal British Museum.

29: Wandering the streets of historic Victoria By day and night - love it!

30: We grabbed the last 6 spots at Adrena Line Zip lines - a "favorite" by the kids' esimation.

32: Craigdarroch Castle - was built in 1887 for the Dunsmuir family

33: When the castle was built, this was the highest view in all of Victoria. | An actual 12 foot billiard table

34: Our Last night in Washington, stopping by Port Orchard, with Bremerton and the Naval base on the other side of the Bay.

35: Ending our seafood odyssey at Amy's on Bay, with a view you don't see everyday: 2 oversized U.S. Naval ships.

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