February 22, 2007

Curious Niece Explores Mt. Tam

On Saturday we left the house at 9:30 sharp! My co-worker gave me the low-down on Dim Sum at Koi Palace. "That place is packed out by 10:30 AM. If you don't want to wait in line for two hours you better get there when they open!"

She was so right. We arrived at ten after ten and there were only five or so tables left open. This was the first time OTRsis had Dim Sum. Jrex and I felt a bit overwhelmed and clueless as various options were displayed. When we made a choice the waitress placed it on the table and then stamped a card that indicated quantity and price. BlondeNiece caught on very quickly. When a waitress would hover near the table, she started to point insistently to the pad on the table.

When we left Koi Palace (and the hordes of people waiting in the parking lot), we headed over the Golden Gate bridge to Marin county. After visiting the Muir Redwoods (less impressive and much more crowded than Big Basin) we drove up Mt. Tamalpais. It's an easy 500 yard hike to the top. BlondeNiece seemed less interested in the view

than in the door to the fire tower.

We played a game where she knocked on the door and I answered in a deep growl, "Who is banging on my door!?"

Then, as she seems to enjoy climbing, she created a wide detour for the panting crowd who had finally reached the top only to have to climb around the determined stair master.

Of course, after so much fun, she managed to sleep MOST of the 2.5 hours it took to get home. When people ask how long it takes to get somewhere here the answer always includes, "Depending on traffic." Of course slow traffic means time for fun photos.


Rachel said...

Sounds like a fun, busy day. Glad you got a table at Koi Palace. Dim sum can be a bit bewildering. I usually go for the seafood.

You're right about the traffic. That drive can be kind of hellish on the weekends.

I like the pictures of your niece. Bella loves to climb too.

Everblest said...

she is just developing an eye for the artistic.... we think broad horizon of God's majesty and she thinks cool textured door to touch and explore... see it's all good

Sounds like a time for good aunty- niece bonding time.

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Beloved said...

Your niece is a cutie-pie. I have yet to have the dim sum experience myself. I'm embarassed to admit I still don't have a clear idea of what dim sum really is.

Anonymous said...

What a joy -- your pictures and text about BlondeGrandaughter. Sojournering let me experience it with you. Thanks.

By the way, do you realize that "blonde" is the only adjective in the English language that is still declined? The male form is "blond".

Snickollet said...

Your day sounds like so much fun. GH and I go for dim sum a lot. It's a great meal with kids because you get food immediately and there's a lot of variety.