Our good friends Paul and Allison made the trip north to Seattle to join us for a weekend in the city. It was wonderful
to get to spend time with them and their daughter Tamaya.

Video of Tamaya walking around the market


Video of Tamaya with some sweet dance moves



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We started our Saturday with a walk around Pike Place Market. The ladies found these hats, which they loved, and even though
the lady had a 'No photos' sign, I still sneaked one in.


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Tamaya found this fisherman carving. His shirt says, "Sometimes I feel like a slut and sometimes I don't"


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Right by the fish-tossers, we took a photo of Tamaya riding a pig. Ride 'em cowgirl!


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After lunch at the pier, we wandered through an amusement park area and took photos of Tamaya riding the merry-go-round.


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Tamaya is smiling in this one.


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She looks a little cautious in this one.


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Tamaya found a hook in one of the pirate bins and was running around with it.


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This might be one of my new favourite Tamaya photos. The tricorner hat is superb.


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Since our friends Ross and Kelli couldn't join us in Seattle, they decided to send another member of their family. Paul snuck into
our room ("Um, I left my phone in your room...") and blew this thing up so it was there when we got back from touring around.


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Ok, how awesome is this? Seriously! I was worried that my friends were getting older and lamer in their old age. Thanks to Ross and
Kelli and Paul and Allison for showing me that our friends are still young at heart. Did I mention that the head actually rotated and the
eyes lit up? Yeah, that's right.


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We walked back to Pike Place for breakfast (crepes) on Sunday and so Natalia could buy a chocolate krinkle cookie.


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It turns out that Father's Day was chosen in Seattle to have a 'Slut Walk'. This is to mark a police officer (not sure where) who made the
comment to a rape victim, "If you weren't dressed like a slut, this wouldn't have happened."


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Some interesting characters showed up to add colour to the march.


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This lady approached Allison and talked to Tamaya. Yeah, pretty amazing.


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The blue hair was a nice touch.


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I think this guy had Superman underwear on.


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Our next stop was the Ballard Farmer's Market. Natalia had seen a show on the Food Network that listed this pizza place as worthwhile
to stop at. This is their traveling clay pizza oven.


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Wood-fired pizza oven from the front.


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Natalia liked the prosciutto and arugula pizza. I would have preferred Vern's Pizza myself.


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Our last stop of the tour brought us to the Ballard Locks, also known as the Hiram Chittendon Locks. We happened to time it
just perfectly so that we joined up with a 3pm tour and learned a lot about the Locks and the history of them. This looks down the
Big Lock and towards the Pacific Ocean. The Burlington Northern Railway is the bridge that is up in the background.


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A better view looking down the Big Lock and towards the Ocean.


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These are spouts that allow salmon to get through the dam and locks without getting caught up in the turbulence. It's for the small
fry as they're making their way downstream. A neat fact is that the Army Corps of Engineers uses strobe lights to keep the salmon out
of the locks and to force them to use this spout system. They also are pointing with their tails downstream so that the baby salmon
can watch out for predators.


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Tamaya wasn't that interested in what the tour guide had to say. She was too busy working on her gratuitous heel hocks and climbing
up the concrete steps.


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This is a great photo of Paul and Tamaya.


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A coho salmon making its way up the fish ladder. The Army Corps built a fish ladder so that the salmon going upstream to spawn
at their place of birth would have a path without going through the locks.


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Natalia, Allison, Paul, and Tamaya with the train bridge back down, at the Ballard Locks, Seattle, WA.


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I took this for my friend Paula, who is living in Nelson these days.


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Just off where the Farmer's Market was on Market St, we found these great poles with art on top of them.


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Natalia pointed this out from the car. Her sister is named Elizaveta.

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