Yesterday I shared how cool the Sahale Snacks Event was in Seattle and mentioned that I surprised my parents with a seaplane ride over Seattle. You guys it was amazing!
I have been trying to think of a way to include my parents in a 40 before 40 adventure. I was looking around online and found a deal for a Kenmore Air seaplane tour over Seattle. I have always wanted to go on a seaplane and knew my parents had never done it before!
Trying to figure out how to get my parents to the seaplane base without them realize what we were doing was the hardest part of this whole adventure. I brought them with me to the Sahale Snacks Event and told them that I wanted to play tourist in my home town so they should bring their cameras along. They thought it was a bit random but went with it thankfully.
Once we were at the event my parents started wandering all over the place and getting really into the Capitol Hill block party. I had to figure out how to get them out of there without them realizing something was up. Easier said than done. Finally, I used traffic as an excuse and told them I had some things I wanted to get photos of before traffic in Seattle go to crazy.
I set the GPS for the center for Wooden Boats since this is near the airbase. Just in case my phone decided to start saying where we were headed. On the way my Dad kept telling me to turn here, go there, and pointing out different places along the way. I was trying to not sweat or freak out that we were going to be late but it was getting a bit close for me. Finally we found parking and headed towards the Center for Wooden Boats and Kenmore Air base.
As we were walking I stopped my parents and told them what we would be doing. To say they were shocked is not even a strong enough term (check out the video below of their reaction)
The seaplane ride over Seattle was so much more than I could have hoped it would be. I wasn’t sure what all we would get to see but the ride was at least 20+ minutes and took us over UW, Alki Beach, near Downtown Seattle and practically right over the Space Needle. Thank goodness we brought multiple cameras with us! We were all shooting out our windows and tapping each other on the shoulder to point out cool places in town.
Watching the video makes me want to book another seaplane ride so I can sit on the other side of the plane. My Dad got amazing photos of the Space Needle from his side of the plane.