Ok I have edited my trip and here is a rough draft of where and what we are doing and I would love some feedback as I fine tune this trip.
July 15. Arrive Seatac 5 pm. rental car..... Any difference in agency's? We have used all of them on various trips. Drive to Seattle....... Traffic concerns at that hour? Staying at LaQinita suites near Monorail in two bed suite....... Really wanted to stay at the Inn at the Market but couldn't justify spending the money for two rooms as we are traveling with two teenage boys. I thought the monorail would be a easy option to leave our car to get to the downtown area we want to explore. On the list for Seattle to do include but not in any order..... Pikes market, Aquarium, Underground tour, Space needle, Argosy cruise around waterfront, Pioneer square, International district, Olympic park, Fremont walking tour,
Eat......Ivars, Bambinos pizza, Top pot donuts, Red mill burgers and Pikes place chowder. The activities will depend on weather and desire with the boys. The boys like a local burger joint and pizza place. We will also enjoy local seafood.
July 16 Seattle
July17. check out of hotel and either do more in Seattle or head to Mikelto ferry to Whidbey island. Ferry tips....... Stop at grocery store along the way for cooler and supplies. We will eat breakfast and lunch from cooler and eat out dinner.
Fort Casey inn for the night, this place looks so cool! Whidbey island....Coupeville, Double bluff beach to tide pooling, Deception pass state park, kayak either Deception pass 1.5 hours or half day from Anacortes all depending on weather.
Eat....Front street grill, Shrimp shack, Ciao pizza, Christopher's on and or Oystercatchers Obviously we are not eating at all these places but I need to know options depending where we are and which activities we do. We may also hike......ideas?
July 18. Check out. I really wanted two days here but they are booked. I had to cancel my Olympic national park part of the trip and still wanted a beach, tide pool and kayak option and was thrilled to Whidbey island. Picnic lunch I hope we see wildlife, eagles, otters, seals and whales would be great!
More island exploring and head over to Gold bar to the Cascadia inn 2 rooms for 120$ total! What a deal. Drive via bridge and highway 5. Boy limited lodging options along rt 2! Hike Wallace falls state park. Dinner at Cascadia Inn or other options....... If weather is bad drive to Leavenworth and explore.
July 19. White water rafting at 9 am for boys and husband with Alpine adventures on the Skykomish river. I will be checking out, hiking Barclay lake trail....I figured its a Saturday and there would be plenty of others hiking. Pick the boys up, picnic lunch...... Where? Hike other options....Dorothy lakes, Lake Serene, Deception creek trail, Bridal veil falls. Again we are not hiking all these areas but these are on my list. .......favorites from experts? Drive to North bend to stay at Roaring rivers in Herbs place.
July 20 hikes along 90.... Snoqulalmie falls, Twin falls, Denny creek, Snow lake, Franklin falls,Little Si. Annette lake and or Boulder garden loop. We may do one longer or several short hikes per day. Picnic lunch and dinner ideas.... Frankie's pizza, Los canoes! or North bend bar and grill.
July 21 boys will fly fish with Creekside anglers guide. Depending on hatch, weather either am or pm. I will hike then we will hike as a family.
July 22 we will need to restock lunch meat ect so will stop along the way. Grocery store? .. drive to Crystal mountain resort for the night. Hikes in the area include.....Sunrise lake, Tipsoo lake, Emmons glacier view, Palisades lakes,Berkeley park, Shadow lake, grove of the patriarchs, Crystal lakes, Spray park, Rainier view, and Bouroughs mountain. We may take Gondola to top and or bike ride.
Horseback ride with chinook pass outfitters for three hour ride
Obviously only a few above hikes!
July 23 check out. Hike area. Stay at Paradise inn. Hikes on the list include....Bench snow lake, Narada falls, Box canyon, Silver falls, Skyline trail, Deer creek falls, comet falls, Nisqually vista,
July 24 Paradise inn. Hike, picnic dinner at the Inn. Need reservations?
July 25 check out hike, drive to Seatac via Ashford. Turn in car stay hotel with shuttle
July 26 fly home to Columbus, ohio......start planning for next year!