Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Walla Walla, Washington

Traditionally, we spend Mother's Day weekend in Kennewick, WA and visit our daughter Lisa and her family. This year was bittersweet knowing they will be moving this summer, and I relished every minute. On Saturday, we traveled to Walla Walla where the annual Balloon Stampede was in progress. This was our first trip to this quaint city and only wish we had more time to spend here. There was much more to see than we had time for. But we did enjoy eating lunch at The Olive with some Spokane photographer friends we met there, did a little shopping, and then headed to the sunny fairgrounds where we strolled through rows of antique cars

while the girls got their faces painted, and purchased drinks to cool off.

 We did not get up up to watch the 6 a.m. balloon launch, but we did see a few of them in the afternoon as they gave mini-rides to eager fliers.

 If you are ever in Walla Walla, you must visit Pioneer Park. Here we found a delightful pond with ducks,  and an aviary showcasing exotic birds.

"Mirror, Mirror in the Sea, who's the Fairest of we Three?"

 At the aviary, someone suggested to Paige that the birds liked grass, and indeed, these birds did.
This was Paige's favorite, the white peacock. I actually took these pictures through the cyclone fencing.

Back in Kennewick, as the sun was setting, we went to Highlands Grange Park. Such a magical time of day, when the sun's rays cast a warm glow on everything. 

Lisa and Oreo

Paige and Dakota
 The end of a perfect day.

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