Secondly, it just so happened that the passport place is next to Chinatown and the International District of Seattle. This piqued my interest immediately, because I was in the middle of a book for my book club called, "Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet." And so I asked the passport lady if we were near where the book was set, because on our way to lunch, I had spied the Panama Hotel, a place in the book. The passport lady said, yes, indeed it was the area in the book and to go to the hotel so I could see some of the artifacts there. So while we were waiting for Brady's passport to be processed, we went to the infamous Panama Hotel!
After the hotel experience, we took a quick walk through Chinatown and then Brady went to pick up his passport while the little B's and I went back to the Roughie (our beloved van!) to wait for him, and as we walked into the parking lot, a man leaning against the wall with sunglasses on said to us, super fast, "Hey do you want to buy some marijuana I'm a celebrity." I didn't even catch what he said! So I said, "What?" And he looked annoyed and shook his head and said "Never mind." And then my B's piped up and told me what he said and asked me what that meant... And then I was pissed and a frankly, shocked at the nerve of that idiot to ask such a thing to a mother and her kids. But then we had a good conversation about why it is important to always know your surroundings and how there are people like that out there and to JUST SAY NO to drugs - even pot! The B's now know that marijuana, pot and weed all mean the same thing and that it is a drug, even if it is legalized in Washington. We texted Brady about what had happened while we were waiting for him, and he texted back, "Don't buy any." Always a comedian, huh? At least we found the humor!
The Merritt Rodeo Grounds were awesome! All the seating is under cover, and the background was a sight to behold, any way you looked! Mountains, trees and lush green grass.
Above you see the bridge on I-5 that was wiped out by an over-sized truck and added quite a bit of time on to our drive, due to the detour. And then Seattle, where there is always traffic, no matter what day it is.