Sunday, September 26, 2021

A Busy International Day

So on our first trip to the Washington State Fair we were unable to secure the delicious Fisher brand fair scones. That was unacceptable, so I bought a mix and made them at home.






Success!



We checked out the Festa Italiana in the Seattle Center.





So festive.

















A big draw for me was a barefoot grape squishing competition. I've always thought that this looked amusing.




Next we headed to the International District. I want to say the occasion was a postponed Lunar New Year festival... something to do with covid. 



The strong Asian influence was one of the things that drew me to move to Seattle in the first place.





I've seen this McDonald's food truck out before and mocked it. Then I realized they are solely there to give food away. I'm lovin' it!











We were crazy people today and the next stop was the Frye Art Museum. There were a lot of events happening all at once and we just said: I'll take one of each please. 



Gabriel von Max' Botaniker(The Botanists) ca. 1900-1915.






We then returned to claim our free Kirkland Oktoberfest free volunteer tickets.





We met up with another new couple of friends at this festival: Michael and Miriam. Miriam is also a teacher so she and Lydia could talk shop.



I was impressed with the giant horn this German band was rocking.



Saturday, September 25, 2021

The Kirkland Oktoberfest Bamboozle

At this point there wasn't really a booze festival volunteer opportunity that we were prepared to turn down. Kirkland has several tasting events throughout the year and they are always conveniently within walking distance from our place.


There's this part next door to the library that is comically well used. People of all different walks of life are using the park in different ways and it reminds me of a like architect's imagined sketch of a place he wants to build.







A nice thing about these festivals is they always give you a volunteer t-shirt. Kirkland Oktoberfest was no exception. My clothing budget is pretty flush right now.









The t-shirt goat character was done by local big deal artist Ryan Henry Ward. He has a distinctive cartoon animal style that I see everywhere.







Speaking of serving no purpose, we had nothing to do at this festival. We talked to our handlers about it a couple of times and they moved us around to different booths but they were all fully staffed. We finally just stopped asking and sat on a bench and chilled for a while.



We then took a drastic step of sneaking out, buying ice cream at the nearby QFC, and went home to eat it. We then snuck back in right before our shift was over to clock out in an excellently executed caper.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Salmon Spotting

I read that this was salmon spawning season and that I could go to a few different spots in the area and see the fish traveling up river to do their thing. For some reason I had envisioned them jumping, like they do in nature videos when bears try to snatch them out of the air.








When we finally spotted the fish at Tolt-MacDonald Park, they were cool but weren't really doing anything majestic. I'm a bit confused about the gap between hype and reality in this instance so I think I must have done something wrong. Maybe there's a better place I can check out next year?



While the fish weren't that exciting we were treated to some amazing views.