A Leppala Trip

Last Christmas, my brother surprised my parents with flights to visit me in Washington. It had been more than a year since I had moved and I couldn’t wait to show off my new home to the people I love most!

So in March, they packed their bags to come stay with us for a week! Like I said in my last post, this was a while ago but there are some great pictures and some great times that were had. So even though it’s late, I still need it up on my blog. Speaking of great pictures, I could call this post “Cute Pictures of my Mom in the PNW” because there is a ton, as you’ll see.

The first night, Spencer and I showed them around the hustling and bustling downtown Bremerton. Despite my sarcasm, Bremerton is pretty cute downtown. It hosts our go-to bar, antique stores, my favorite coffee shop, and there are lights strung along the roads. We walked around Spencer’s work. Well, we walked in front of Spencer’s work since we’re not allowed in. We went down to the waterfront for their first look at the ferries and the fat seagulls. (I swear seagulls here are 2x bigger than Texas seagulls, maybe everything isn’t bigger in Texas). Then we ended the night at our go-to bar, Horse and Cow. It is crammed full of Navy paraphernalia stolen off the ships and subs. You can even get a lime green shot called ‘Nuclear Waste.’ It was one of my family’s favorite stops. You can easily win my family over with cheap beer and wings. They also had their first tastes of Rainier or “Rainier Beer” as they would say.

The next day was spent exploring Point No Point Lighthouse, Port Gamble, Poulsbo, and more bars in Bremerton. Yeah, we take everyone to Point No Point. This time there were a ton of teepees made out of driftwood and we had a photo shoot for my Dad’s mixtape. My family loved Poulsbo, as they should. It’s the most perfect little Norwegian town. They specifically loved Sluy’s Bakery. So much so that we went twice during their trip!

We started the next day at Hi-Lo’s cafe in Bremerton. We got to eat outside in the cutest VW bus complete with heater. My mom was freezing and my brother had his usual fart attacks. Still it was cute! Then it was off to Seattle. While we waited for the ferry, we had the chance to stop in the Navy Museum. It was cool seeing how much Spencer knew about everything! In Seattle, we did the Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour. The company preserves what was the first floor of old buildings that were rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1889. All underground and all eerie. The coolest part was seeing the skylights that look up to street level. I would have never noticed them if I hadn’t been on the tour!

The rest of the trip we drove around to see different parts of Washington. We stopped at a casino for my mother’s sake. We lost some money. We forced my dad to try different craft beers, all of which he didn’t like. He finished them all, but he’s more of a Dos XX kind of guy. The sun was out for most of the trip, but my mom was still cold. You can see in some pictures, she has 3 heavy jackets on!

I’m so glad to have these memories with my family. I can’t wait to see them again!

My Dad’s mixtape drops soon.

My Mom left this stick in my car and it’s still there. She reminds me to bring it to her a lot.

Ridiculously good-looking.

We won $50 off these pull tabs! Basically a form of scratch off tickets in most bars here. You pull them open to see if you’ve won anything!

Gum wall!

Found him!

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5 Comments

  1. Aunt Chavela
    September 22, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    great pics 🙂

  2. Aunt Kim
    September 22, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    I’ve been waiting to see these pictures, thanks for sharing. Love hearing about the adventures, I almost feel like I was there. That gum wall is NASTY! Love and miss you bunches!

  3. Veronica Leppala
    September 22, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    Hey I am in a lot of the pictures- yeah! Love your blog !! We had such a great time. Can’t wait to go back. Love ya!

  4. Aunt Julie
    September 23, 2017 / 12:19 am

    Love love love

  5. Aunt Deni
    September 23, 2017 / 11:02 am

    Great pictures! Love you tons!

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