Back at it struggling to use my oven, refrigerator and washing machine after a 20 day hiatus!
Flamingos, crocodiles, schools of dolphins, howler monkeys and birds of many feathers presented themselves as we cruised the waters around the Americas – South America, through the Panama Canal Atlantic to Pacific, Central America, Mexico, up the eastern coast of North America! We had intense sun, high humidity, calm and not so calm waters as we visited Columbia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, many ports of Mexico, San Diego and Victoria, BC.
The story of the building of the Panama Canal was amazing only second to actually going through it! Mere inches from the walls Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam on its virgin crossing squeezed through with much activity going on all day of the sailing. We also visited rivers and beaches, churches and cultural sites of the many countries we visited. It was an adventure of a lifetime!
After so many days away, it is time to turn my attention back to:
Spring short forays and short stays…
First up: Act Fast! This week – 2016 The Seattle Film Festival (SIFF). Announcement of films is this Wednesday May 4th, tickets for members go on sale the 5th. Information here. Arts West has a free gala announcing its next seasons shows – May 9th – tickets are likely to go fast (free champagne, desserts and previews).
Out now: The Stranger’s Spring Art and Performance Guide with lots of things to do around town.
Other stuff: Paul Allen’s art studio Pivot Art and Culture Center has a show going now and might be worth catching.
Spring and summer bring the best times for visiting gardens and nurseries. Swanson’s and Molbaks Garden and Home have new stock, spring and summer seeds/veggies and classes/workshops for a few hours of away.
If you are really up for a day away now is the time for a field trip to The Maltby Café for a great breakfast and on to Flower World for seeds and veggie starts for the home garden. We have begun gardening in our P Patch and I highly recommend you visit these community gardens. You are always welcome and many have places to picnic after a stroll through the garden beds or socials and fun fundraisers.
The Woodland Park Rose Garden and Queen Anne neighborhood’s Parson’s Gardens provide great Seattle picnic spots and places to lounge on the grass and read. Alki Point Beach and Shilshole Beach at Golden Gardens Park have lots of activities and fire pits for gathering or people watching.
One more Seattle Pops concert to go for this season, May 20th, 21st, and 22nd: The Seattle Symphony performs the music from your favorite science fiction films and TV shows, including Star Wars, Star Trek and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. This series of concerts is popular (as we already know) so get your tickets now! And, go early to get good parking and a bite to eat. Plan now to get tickets for next year’s series it looks great!!
It is time for happy hours and hours by the water…Seattle being the city that it is…get out and enjoy and explore Seattle’s secret beaches. Ferry rides (you know I love a trip to Bainbridge) and rides in the country – Chuckanut Drive to Bellingham, antiquing in Snohomish and/or Leavenworth.…Carnation to pick strawberries or raspberries or perhaps a trip to the other side of the mountains for vegetable stands and roadside markets. Olympia’s farmer’s market is a great one and, of course, one of my favorites Redmond’s Saturday Market.
The Seattle Shakespeare Company is ending its season with Romeo and Juliet at the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center (May 4th pay what you will and running through the 22nd). Check out it next year’s season as well. (I love this theater!)
These are a few ideas to get you going…let me know in the comment section what you are doing and recommend!
Jon and I will be out and about and reporting on our short forays and short stays through this season.