In Seattle summer begins July 5, at least that’s what people who live here say. Cool, cloudy days do linger beyond meteorological spring so when the sun finally decides to grace us, everyone wants to get outdoors. Festivals, farmers’ markets, and al fresco restaurant tables are coveted and crowded.
On my daily walk, I see children playing in the Seattle Center fountain, tourists navigating by map, musicians, food vendors, and caricature artists vying for visitor dollars. Some days I can hardly weave through the crowd.
Of course, the sun’s appearance isn’t compatible with the sit-your-butt-in-the-chair writing philosophy. Who wants to stay inside? Not me! There is so much to do. I won’t apologize for taking some time away from my laptop to enjoy the summer. Those grey days WILL return. Anyone who lives here knows if you can see Mt. Rainier, you should be outdoors. Since I’m not producing much copy, I’ll share some of my summer highlights.
Seattle’s big summer party is the Seafair Festival. Events take place all through the summer. Many local community festivals are included as sanctioned events, plus the Seafair Pirates land at Alki Beach and a milk carton derby is held at Green Lake. (Yes, the boats are constructed from of milk cartons.) Seafair’s headline events, the torchlight evening parade, fleet week, an air show with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, and H1 Hydroplane racing occurred July 28-August 5, 2018. Even though I didn’t attend ALL those events, here are some of my summer pictures.
On July 28 I encountered the world’s largest potato at the staging grounds for the torchlight parade. You must admit you don’t see one of those everyday.
On July 31 the Fleet Week Parade of Ships passed by in Elliott Bay. (See more about Fleet Week here.)
On August 1, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels threw out the first pitch at Safeco Field. (See featured photo above.) The day started out cloudy, but by game time the retractable roof was open. Unfortunately, the Mariners lost the game to the Houston Astros.
On August 4 I walked to the waterfront and toured the HMCS Whitehorse, a Royal Canadian Navy vessel on Pier 69
Then I played tourist along the waterfront and watched a window washer on one of the world’s largest cruise ships, the Norwegian Bliss. (See a local news story about the ship here.) I also enjoyed fish tacos at Ivar’s restaurant. Yum!
Do you have a favorite summer distraction? Share in the comments.