Sunday, 30 January 2011
Kurt, Coffee and King Salmon
We only had a day here and stayed with friends who have a six year old daughter. Our day could not be more different than if we'd had a child free stopover. In the old days we'd have feasted on the excellent local seafood, took in a band, savoured the ambience of coffee shops and sampled a few of the local microbrewed beers . There might even have been a sightseeing visit or a peaceful period of browsing in a secondhand bookstore.
But kids change all that. Louis was not quite 'Sleepless in Seattle' but stayed awake until 10:30pm chatting with his new partner in crime, Ava. There was a trip to the local park where artistic swing shots didn't work out. And although our visit to the mecca of outdoor stores, REI, would definitely have been on the menu in our 18-plus stopover, in the olden days, it would have been for retail therapy rather than to escape the rain and check out the climbing tower, run around the boot testing 'mountain' and use the play area.