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Signs of Spring

What says spring to you? Blooming bulbs? A beach get-away? The Easter bunny? For me, I know its spring when I want to get off the couch and head outdoors. It’s time to stash the comfy blanket and slippers, and go for a walk, a drive, or a ballgame.

Baseball

When baseball begins, I’ve left winter behind! I can count on more daylight hours, less cloud cover, and an explosion of cherry blossoms. This year the Seattle Mariners (my local team) started HOT. They opened the Major League Baseball season in Tokyo, Japan, with two wins over the Oakland A’s. (As a side note, Ichiro Suzuki, an outfielder and local favorite, retired during that series. You can read more about his career here. )

Not only did spring begin a new season with a new team roster, but also a new name for Seattle’s ballpark. Although it’s been Safeco Field since 2001, it’s now called T-Mobile Park. (Read more about the name change here.) For some reason, I always take a picture of the sign.

T Mobile Park home of the Seattle Mariners Baseball team
The Seattle Mariners now play in T-Mobile Park.

Bark at the Park

Dogs and owners at Seattle Mariners baseball game
Dogs and owners at the April 14 Seattle Mariner’s game.

On April 14 we attended our first game of the season. The clouds cleared and the sun beamed, so the retractable roof stayed open. Even though the calendar said spring, the brisk breeze felt chilly. I admit to wearing my winter coat and gloves.

The Mariners may have lost to the Houston Astros, but puppies won the day. It was a special Bark at the Park game. Dogs and their humans sit (and stay) in a designated area. Fortunately, our seats were in the vicinity and we checked out the pack. There were special doggie treat stations, strategically placed grass sod “relief” areas, and lots of cute dogs.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Tulip fields in Skagit Valley WA
Acres of tulips make beautiful photo opportunities.

Spring tulips mean a road trip to the Skagit Valley. Despite raindrops and cloudy skies, we still snapped these colorful pictures. The Tulip Festival runs every April and includes art fairs, children’s activities, food and craft vendors, and of course, tulips. To avoid traffic, try to plan your visit during the week. No trip is complete without a visit to the Tulip Town or Roozengaarde display gardens. If you missed the festivities, add a reminder to your calendar for next year.

Carkeek Park

Heron
Heron in a stream
heron in creek

Isn’t that a beautiful heron? I snapped these shots at Carkeek Park in Seattle. Who knew there was so much nature in the city? I also spied an eagle soaring overhead, but it eluded my limited photographic abilities. The park features a breathtaking view across Elliott Bay with the Olympic Mountains in the background. There are also hiking trails, a children’s playground (with a salmon slide), and picnic areas. This was my first visit, but I’ll go back again.

What says spring to you? Share in the comments!

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