Never too old for a trip to the zoo

What’s the funnest thing to do over Mother’s Day weekend with the family? A trip to the Woodland Park Zoo of course. But the weekend started on Friday instead when Knitting Hubby and I left for a trip to Seattle to visit Graham. This was our last trip before Graham graduates from Seattle University on June 14. We stayed at our favorite hotel that is directly across the street from the campus. The campus is beautiful, it’s filled with gardens and everything was in bloom. We’re going to miss it (but really looking forward to Boston!!)

Graham had class until 2:20 so KH and I were on our own for lunch. We ate at Jacks Fish Spot. For once we were able to walk right up and find a stool at the seafood bar. You can’t get any fresher lunch. Can you say yum?


From there we wandered through the vendor stalls in Pike Street Market. The flowers were beyond beautiful. Small bouquets were $7, jumbo were $10 and almost too large to carry were $15. Most stalls were charging 12 stems for $10 if you wanted to choose your own flowers to have arranged.


KH had a tattoo detail touch-up appointment at 2:00 so we walked down to Madame Lazonga’s Tattoo. Ruby Santiago – KH’s tattoo artist added detail to his tattoo and brighten up some of the colors. Everything now looks more 3-D in natural sunlight.



At the booth next to Ruby, Jacqueline Beach was working on a woman who graciously gave me permission to photograph her tattoos. The woman is a self proclaimed “Cat Lady” with 10 cat tattoos, each representing 10 of her 14 cats. Other tattoos were done at other shops, Jacqueline was tattooing faceportraits from photographs. The detailing was superb! And Jacqueline said that Cat Lady would be coming back for more touch up and detail later in the summer.


Graham joined us and we spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening just walking around, down to Pioneer Square and back. If you know how hilly Seattle is, you know how thirsty we got. We ended up at Elysian Brewing.

Saturday morning we drove up to Woodland Park Zoo. We hadn’t been there since Graham was 2 and screamed like a little girl when a baby elephant sniffed him with her trunk. He didn’t even scream in the spider exhibit this trip so 20 years between visits must have calmed his nerves. I took close to 200 pictures over the weekend. I could go on and on and show you all the pictures but instead I’ve just chosen a fun few. Enjoy!






Weaving content = Weaver Bird Nest





Oh and since this a fiber related blog, here’s the birthday sweater I finished last week. So Jennifer, if you are reading this don’t tell Hattie!!!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. heideho
    May 11, 2009 @ 21:22:44

    I love the sleeping gorilla picture! Graham is adorable (don’t tell your grown-up son that someone called him that). I like the cat lady tattoos. Hattie’s sweater is adorable. Where did you find the buttons?


  2. heideho
    May 11, 2009 @ 21:26:30

    p.s. Boston?! As in you can visit Dave, Miss Lulu, Dusty, etc.? As in you can ride a Duck? As in Tea Party? Or is there another Boston in some remote location where Graham has chosen to attend school?


  3. Carolyn
    May 12, 2009 @ 01:00:41

    Those flowers look SO gorgeous! I always can’t help but buy some tulips when I see them at our local farmer’s market.

    Great photos of the zoo! I haven’t been for as long as I can remember. I especially love the elephant picture!


  4. Chris
    May 12, 2009 @ 05:49:53

    You got some great pictures! Hmm, getting tattoos of one’s cats is definitely dedication…


  5. Jeanne
    May 12, 2009 @ 07:06:39

    Sounds like a great weekend – I can’t remember the last time I went to a zoo! Love the tattoo…the cat ones are amazing (although a little over the top for me!)


  6. jessalu
    May 13, 2009 @ 14:55:05

    Sounds like lots of fun!! That’s a heckuva lot of cat tattoos…


  7. Roxie
    May 17, 2009 @ 07:30:37

    What a marvelous expedition! Thanks for taking us along. The sleeping gorilla is my favorite photo.


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