Redhook Brewery – Woodinville, Wa

I just got back from a trip to Washington State.  A must for me on any visit to Western Washington is the Redhook Brewery in Washington.  We stopped by the brewery on July 4th weekend and I was a little disappointed that the souvenir store was sold out of pint size glasses. :<  We also just missed the start of the tour as well.

We decided to grab a bite to eat at the Forecasters Pub and immediately after we were seated, I ask the waiter for a  beer sampler before our meal. I know, instead of getting the sampler, I should have taken the brewery tour.  (For a buck, you get a tour of the brewery, learn a little about brewing, a little history about Redhook, and sample a few beers.) While I was looking over the menu, I noticed that the bar had on tap their signature Nitro beer, Nighthook.  I was in for a treat.  Nighthook is one of the smoothest dark beers I have ever had.  I highly recommend this beer to anyone.  For desert, I ask the waiter for a Nighthook Beer Ice Cream Float.  It was very interesting combo.  For my meal I had a BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich.  It was rather good. 

If you are ever in the Seattle area, I would highly suggest to take a little side trip to Woodinville and visit the Redhook Brewery.

I miss my family

The other weekend I drove up to my mom’s house with my wife and kids.  My mom and my brother live in Washington State and we live in Southern California.  My wife needed to get away for part of the summer.  It was a long but fun drive.  That following Monday I flew back to Southern California  and it was back to work for me.

Well, this whole week I had been really sick.  I am extremely congested and have a wicked cough.  The company I work for does not have sick days, so I had the wonderful opportunity to  be at work sick.  Finally, when I got home on Friday, I went straight to bed.  I slept for about 12 hours and then went to work for a few hours on Saturday.  Well I enjoyed some extra rest on Saturday.  I am feeling better today (Sunday).  I did some work around the house and even went to church.

I have been back since Monday and the house is so empty.  I miss my wife and kids so much.  Talking to them over the phone is not the same.  Seeing pictures of them over the Internet is making me sad.  I enjoy ever moment I do get to talk with both my  wife and kids on the phone and seeing the photos. I know I will be seeing them soon but still the house is too quiet without them.

Legoland California Review

As a kid, I had been to both Disneyland , Knott’s Berry Farm, Sea World, and Six Flags Magic Mountain.  I also remember going to a place called Marineland but this place is closed now.  I had enjoyed playing with Legos and dream of an amusement park to go to based on the Lego theme.  By the time Legoland opened in Carlsbad, California,  I had outgrown Legos.  Things have changed since I now have toddlers.

A friend of the family has a brother who works at Legoland and he offered us some free tickets to the park.  My family made the trek down to Legoland.   Legoland is about an hour and a half from the Los Angeles or one hour south of Anaheim.  It was a bit overcast the day we went but it did not ruin our trip.  Parking is averaged price at $10 but there is VIP parking for Volvo cars.  I read that Volvo is a key sponsor for Legoland. 

Regular tickets are a bit expensive at $60 dollars for adults and $50 dollars for kids.  There are multiple locations online to buy tickets at a cheaper price.  Costco does have a good deal for a one day pass and a 3 month pass.

Legoland is definitely worth a trip with the kids.  Every kid will enjoy walking through Miniland USA.  Miniland USA has replicas  of various cities such as San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., and New Orleans.  Even if you are an adult and would like to see something cool, then take some time exploring the detail in this Miniland USA.  There is a lot to take in and with kids you may miss some of the detail in these exhibits.

There are many rides and attractions at Legoland for the kids but beware of the height requirement on some of the rides. Some rides will not have a height requirement but other rides will have a height requirement varying from 34″ to 42″.  There are nine different themed ares in the park.  They include Land of Adventure, The Beginning, Dino Island, Explore Village, Fun Town, Pirate Shores, Castle Hill, Minilnad USA, and Imagination Zone.  Be warned,  Pirate Shores is a great place for the kids to get wet but they may need a change of clothes to enjoy the remainder of the day.  I highly recommend watching a show or two.  We saw the Lego Racers 4D movie.  My son, who is almost 4 years old, was reaching out for the 4D object and that was quite cute to see.  I did get my son to go on the fastest roller coaster at Legoland, the Lego Technic coaster.  He also had a blast driving at the Volvo JR Driving School.

My daughter is a bit shorter than my son but she is tall for her age.  We were able to go on a few rides with her too.  It was a bit hard to gage her response but she definitely had fun.  She enjoyed running around the park.  She sat through part of the Lego Racers 4D show and I think she liked it. By the end of the day she was tired and a bit cranky but she did skip her afternoon nap.  She made up for it on the trip to my sister’s house that evening.

We saw most of the park in the time we were there although we did miss the Castle Hill area.  Lines were extremely short and the longest wait was at the most 10 minutes.  The park was not crowded at all and the employees were extremely nice.  The gift shop is full of Legos and Lego accessories and is a great place to pick of a souvenir.  We did eat a restaurant in the park called Pizza Mania.  I would say the food was just OK but most amusement parks have average food, which is always overpriced.

Overall Legoland is a great place for toddlers.   The fact that it is not crowded is a plus but we did go on a Friday in early May.  Legoland, which is located in Carlsbad, is right next to the beach and usually the temperature never gets too hot.  We did not bring a stroller with us into Legoland but I think I would recommended it.  I would have loved putting both of my kids in the stroller instead of carrying them back to the car at the end of the day.  The food is average and if you can, bring your own snacks or lunch.  If you live in the area or planning a visit to Southern California, take the kids to Legoland.  If you have ever played with Legos or have kids that like Legos, then check out Legoland.