With a baby and toddler, traveling can be daunting, especially when kid-friendly doesn't turn out to be baby and toddler friendly.

We've realized what a difference that is, so we are here in hopes to share and learn about the best places to go with our babes and tots in tow.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Washington State Kid Scene Part I: Deception Pass, Tulip World and Guemes Island

We went out to visit my sister in Washington state again, but this time it was with my parents and my two kids in tow-hubby had to stay home. It was just as well as my sister's husband is a naval pilot and deployed and not home either. Poor Liam and my Dad had to endure a lot of girl power that week, but they survived.

We took a direct flight on Alaska Air and it was pretty much a breeze. Liam brought his rolling, giraffe backpack packed full of magnaformers, Edushapes Magic Shape and a lot of snacks including the squeezable apple sauces and squeezebox chocolate milk. We barely had to use the DVD! For my 14 month old daughter, a bunch of flap books and touch and feel books were all we needed to keep her happy and busy.

We arrived in Seattle and went straight out to Anacortes. We were out there for the Mother's Day weekend and took the moms, including my sister's mother-in-law to Guemes Island to a quaint restaurant, Anderson's General Store. We took over the whole outdoor seating area since we had just missed the lunch rush and it was perfect. We had a view of the water, the kids had plenty of room to "move, " and the staff was terrific!

We also met my mother's family and our kids met their great-grandmother, great-aunt and great-uncle. We had a picnic lunch at Deception Pass State Park. Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island and connects Skagit Bay with the Straits of Juan de Fuca. We drove, but you can walk across the bridge and see the site. I had to look up why it is dubbed as being deceiving and learned that it appeared to be a narrow bay instead of a strait, and it became infamous because many Chinese immigrants were smuggled in here for labor back in the late 1800s.

We drove across the bridge and then had lunch along the water with the family. It was a bit breezy and chilly, but we were able to enjoy lunch and let the kids play.

From there we took off to see if we could see the last of the tulips at Skagits Tulip Festival. There are several farms near Mount Vernon, Washington and we were luck enough to see the tulips in bloom the very last day. It was like we were in Holland and the kids had a blast running around the windmill and the beautiful mazes and paths.

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