Seafair season is officially upon us (I think my favorite time of the year, possibly edging out even Christmas) as the Greenwood neighborhood opens their doors and closes their streets for the city’s largest car show. Per usual, there are always a few interesting cars that I wouldn’t consider “hot rods” in the traditional sense and the show seems to get a little more diverse every year. Props to the local Mini Cooper club for showing up in force this year! Also, once of the nicest DeLoreans I’ve ever seen, with just the right amount of Back to The Future kitsch.
Danielle and I walked to the end of our block Saturday morning, grabbed coffee and breakfast at Browns Coffee‘s new shop in our neighborhood (side note: an awesome and welcome addition to North City) and watched the Shoreline neighborhood Parade, one of the last bits trickling out of Seafair 2010’s month-long event lineup. It was a small affair but had all the key local parade ingredients: lots of kids in marching bands, Seafair clowns and pirates, fire trucks, local schools and churches, political candidates, sidewalk vendors and kids elbowing through the crowd mobbing for candy. I swapped on the telephoto lens and got a few shots which are posted below. This one of Wahoo the clown swarmed in bubbles is my favorite.
My awesome parents spent the week in Seattle, and as Danielle is in Toronto for the weekend with Jordan I had them all to myself for the past few days. They are two of my best friends and I am so lucky to have the relationship with them that I do. I know it’s a rare arrangement between parents and children that we have and I cherish it; I soak up every day and appreciate every chance I have to know them better as friends, confidants, mentors and equals. I also love to spoil them now that they are enjoying their retirement, and especially when they are in my town and I can show them the best of it. What better week to do that than Seafair week? It’s the height of Seattle summer (sun sometimes optional) and one of my favorite times to be a Seattleite. .
We raced up to the Smith Tower observation level Thursday afternoon, hoping to catch the Navy’s Blue Angels practice laps over the city. While we missed the aeronautics show the view from the 35th floor was pretty great, and I can never get enough urban aerial photography. Friday we took a picnic to Madison Park to catch some Blue Angel fly-overs and people-watch, and Saturday we joined the crowds of raingear-covered fans in Genesee Park for another, much closer look at the air show, the hydro races and the general mayhem that is Seafair. Someday I’ll get them on the lake for the truly authentic experience, and hopefully that someday will be soon and a little sunnier than today, but Mom and Dad are great sports – game for anything and easy to please – and we had an awesome adventure together. I took a few marginal pictures of the air show through the binoculars that I posted, along with a lot of Seattle’s streets from 35 floors above Yesler Wy, and a few shots of the two greatest people I’ve been blessed to share this life with. Thanks for a great weekend, you two!
One of the Navy’s Blue Angels thunders over a sailboat and the gathered masses of floating revelers at Seattle Seafair, August 2003.
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Yet another weekend of Seattle’s amazing floating festival has made me even more sure I definitely need a boat of some sort, no matter how ugly, slow or ancient it ends up being. If you live near Seattle and have never been on Lake Washington for Seafair weekend, you really aren’t a true Seattleite. Everyone finds a way onto the lake for the weekend, in everything from massive yachts to fishing boats, from antique paddleboats to inflatable dinghys.
I pulled my phone out a few times for pictures, especially of the crazy exodus under the I-90 floating bridge, but most of what happens at Seafair needs to stay at Seafair, so I kept it stowed most of the time. Also, there’s a lot of water flying around – via squirt guns and water ballons, and once even from the upturned props of a yacht determined to win a water fight. Next year I might actually remember to buy a couple disposables. Anyway, enjoy the couple of shots I took of the incredibly fun chaos that is Seafair. Huge thanks to my boat-owning friends for letting me tag along this year! Next year I hope to tie my own up alongside yours. 🙂