Last year, Vic had gone to Vegas around this time so I took Chloe and my mom and went down to Seattle to visit Johann. We pretty much stayed in the city since Chloe was with us.
This year, we decided to venture out a little further and so left Chloe at home with Vic for the weekend. Mom and I drove out at 7AM on Saturday the 9th and got to the borders at 7:30, only to have an hour and half wait! I guess it was to be expected on a long weekend. After an uneventful pass at the border, we headed south to pick Johann up in Seattle so we could all head to Portland together.
The drive took us about 5 hours; 2 hours to Seattle and 3 hours to Portland. We checked into our motel and headed out to the outlets at around 4:00. We spent about 3 hours at the outlets and then decided to have dinner at the California Pizza Kitchen, which I hadn't been to since I was in the Philippines. It was a pretty disappointing dinner though, for the amount of money we spent, I expected more. Luckily, we went out to another place for dessert and the Mudd Pie I had made up for it.
I booked the motel in Portland and Johann was tasked with accommodations in Seattle. The motel we stayed at, Motel 6, was really disappointing. I felt like I didn't get my money's worth; I had to pay extra for internet (unheard of in this day!)
We stayed in Seattle overnight and headed out to Tukwila to stop by the famed Jollibee there. Jollibee is to the Philippines as McDonalds is to North America and it was so wonderful to have a little taste of 'home' so close by! It's been about 7 years since I've last had a Jollibee and it was exactly how we remembered it to taste. It was so awesome. I found it funny that Johann has lived in Seattle for a year and a half now and I was the one who had to tell him about it there! None of us had gone to Tukwila before, so it was nice to drive down there, have lunch, walk around and pretty soon it was time to come home since Chloe was on her own (Vic left for Vegas at around 5:30AM that day).
We got home around 6PM and Chloe was a superstar - we didn't find any messes and after taking her out, I took her and my mom to her house for dinner before I headed back home to pack for part 2 of my vacation.