Tomorrow is never promised to us.
After a run of some of the sunniest and driest July weather the Pacific Northwest has seen in a long time, there are no excuses for not escaping outdoors and enjoying some of this natural beauty! We’re in summer mode at Juniper, which means we are wedging in our own little breaks to get out and seize on some of this warm weather wonder. Need some help boosting that work-life balance? Check the list below of some of our favorite summer activities!
Seafair – Coming up is a local pastime not to be missed: Seafair! Starting with a torchlight parade on July 29 in Seattle, the fun kicks off. The Boeing Seafair Air Show happening Aug 4-6 is coined as “the ultimate thrill-seeker’s dream come true!” Adrenaline seekers can take in U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the U.S. Army Golden Knights soaring overhead with aerial tricks. The Boeing Seafair Air Show also features displays by civilian pilots, vintage aircraft, and parachute demonstrations. Onlookers float about at the (sold out!) log boom and whole flotillas of weekend warriors—from yachts to floating flamingo riders–unite in celebration. That same weekend on the water is Seafair’s hydroplane race, aka the Home Street Bank Cup, roaring with excitement of boats racing at over 220 MPH! The “hydros” have been a Seafair tradition since 1950. Check out whole the lineup at https://www.seafair.org.
Fishing and crabbing are also on our minds! Right now clear through Labor Day weekend in Marine Area 10 (Seattle to Bremerton Puget Sound area) on Sundays and Mondays only, the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife has cleared the way for crabbing! Salmon fishing in the same zone recently also opened to include one Chinook as part of the two-salmon daily catch limit now through Aug. 31 (check out the specifics here). Boatless in Seattle? Take the family for a day at Twanoh State Park and harvest oysters on these big minus tides we’ve been enjoying. Short-term licenses are obtainable online, and harvesting is a snap!
Camping – We’ll also be doing a little staycation in the form of camping around here. The trick is getting a spot reserved through Washington State Parks because things are VERY occupied these days, but not impossible. The good news: the online portal is extremely streamlined, easy to spot a site and book in a few clicks. Whether its breezy Kalaloch on the state’s West Coast, or you’re tucked into tall pines at Mt. Rainer, or kayaking (or boating over) to overnight on pristine Blake Island in the middle of Puget Sound, just make sure your, reserved and pack it all in…and out!
Concerts – Chances are some of you reading this already attended the sold-out Taylor Swift performances, either as a supportive parent or as a fan and perhaps both (Maybe you were merely that poor soul hanging on a Ticketmaster website wait for 10 hours!). Reports are it was worth it. The outdoor shows at Woodland Park Zoo (Patti Smith- Aug. 16), Marymoor Park (Beach Boys- Aug. 27) and of course Chateau Ste. Michelle (Gypsy Kings- Aug. 27) are not to be missed! These venues have schedules packed with top tier performances that offer both nostalgia and modern genres.
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