During our stay at Mark and Wi's house the children particularly enjoyed playing at Lake Sammamish across from their house. There was a picnic area and a small beach that they children all delighted in. Wi would make delicious Thai food and we would sit on the beach and enjoy a perfect afternoon/evening.
We also took the time to explore their neighborhood! Funnily enough, Sunset magazine had just written an article about Issaquah and so we went about visiting the recommendations in the article.
We explored the Farmer's Market which was a feast for the senses. The children loved sampling all the wares and it was fun to see all the local goods.
We spent an afternoon hiking Poo Poo Point Trail (yes, the name lent itself to many jokes!). I honestly think that this trail was the hardest hike I've ever been on. I joked around that while hiking I experienced all the stages of grief; denial, heartbreak, anger, acceptance, etc. It was a 7.5 mile hike round trip, and 1,858 vertical feet. We (maybe just me, no one else seemed about to die) were so happy to make it to the top! As a bonus, we got to watch a few para-gliders take off from the top!
After our hike, we stopped by XXX Root Beer for a giant root beer float and a burger (nothing like eating all the calories you just hiked off!). As a fan of root beer this was very exciting for Grace!