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Traveling Local

I am a Mom of two girls living in Hansville, WA.


Hansville. On the Kitsap Penninsula. In Kitsap county. If you are not familiar, it is  a beautiful place to live with lovely beaches and mountain views.

Also, We. Are. Far. from EVERYTHING.

When you are a parent of 2 children, it makes life a little complicated, and traveling becomes part of what you do. Every. Day. A lot.

Especially when you have a medical concern. Then you find that you have to travel to another County for Specialists and treatment.

We just found out that our youngest has a very low Growth Hormone level, which means she isn’t growing. Part of this whole process is traveling over to Seattle to a Pediatric Specialist. What that entails is an hour car ride, a half hour ferry boat ride, then another car ride for about 20 minutes (with traffic and hills). Whew! We find that we are tired even before we arrive.

Because we have a day of travel before we even get there to wait in the waiting room, I’ve learned to be prepared. I’d like to share a few tips I find extremely useful.

  1. Bring a cooler full of food. You never know how long you will be out, and if you get stuck in a long line at the ferry, you will find everyone is happier when their bellies are full.
  2. Always bring your camera. You never know. This last time, I actually gave it to my 4 year old to take pictures while we were waiting. She has a great time, and I loved getting a glimpse of the world through her eyes.
  3. A good attitude. This one is hard. Especially when everyone is a bit tense or stressed. Which brings me to #4…
  4. Try to make it fun. There are interesting things to do when you are not near home. We chose to break up our doctor’s visit by stopping at the Magic Mouse toy store. It was fun.
  5. Bring plenty of books/ paper and crayons/ card games. If you find yourself waiting ~like on the ferry ride~ the kids have something to do.

Even with all of the excess traveling and hours to prepare, I wouldn’t change where we live (at least not the county~ we may find ourselves trying to move closer to town very soon). This area is incredibly rich in things to do, and for as big as it is geographically, it has that close small town feel, that we have grown to love.

What do you bring when you travel, locally?

-Michelle is a mom of 2 who loves to sew, create, thrift~ and to be a Mom. You can read more about Michelle at her blog Falafel and The Bee (formally Noggin’ Toppers), where she has been blogging and creating since 2008.

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One thought on “Traveling Local

  1. I’ve never been much of a cell phone person, but I LOVE my new iPhone. It has become invaluable for just the type of situations that you describe. I can download a bunch of apps (nearly all FREE) that are very kid-friendly. Even my toddler can play them. Plus I can store a couple movies on the phone, for longer-than-anticipated waits. We also live in Kitsap Co., so I understand the need to kill time on a ferry (or while waiting for the ferry).

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