Yesterday was one of those days that made me so grateful to work part time. Oscar and I hung out for a few hours between kindergarten ending and 6th grade ending so by the time we picked up Biscuit we had a plan. We surprised her by driving to the local lightrail (commuter train) station and hopping on the train to ride downtown. The train was empty except for the helpful man we met at the station who explained lightrail to us ;). The kids were thrilled.
My theoretical destination was Kechmara which I've now read about on two blogs so wanted to check out since it seemed hip and happening. I also wanted to see the cobbler next door. The website was vague but it appeared they were open Mondays. Spoiler alert, appointment only for Kechmara!
But, back to the train. It goes right down K street and we saw Vampire Penguin out the window so hopped off at the next stop and walked back. The kids got flavors that sounded gross to me (cookies and cream and smoreo) but Biscuit loved hers. Oscar wasn't convinced. They are basically shave ices but instead of shaving plain ice and putting flavor on top they shave a frozen flavored thing. I loved the texture and lightness but would recommend fruit flavors.
We started walking toward the WAL building (home of Kechmara) and Oscar insisted we look inside the Capitol. So we did. It appeared there was a lot of important state business going on but we wandered around checking out exhibits and then wandered back out. It's a lovely building!
Finally, we got to the WAL building and, duh, duh, duh, most everything was closed. The rugs and shoes looked cool through the windows. And Old Gold was open so the kids tried on sunglasses and I tried to be sure we weren't too obnoxious for the clerk before we headed out to have a snack at Fish Face. It's a Poke Bar (that's Poke, rhymes with Okay, not Poke, rhymes with Spoke). I learned that. I also learned their sushi rolls require an engineering degree to assemble but the very friendly employee helped us out and the sushi roll was delicious!
By then we had to start thinking about catching the train home while it was still commute hours. The schedule was confusing but it looked like it might get tough to get home after 6 so we didn't risk it and caught the 5:30 train. It was a perfect three hour mini adventure and we were home in time for dinner!