A Travel Diary, Day 5-to Seattle..the Bumbershoot Festival  

rm_songbird5419 62F
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9/20/2005 3:45 am

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A Travel Diary, Day 5-to Seattle..the Bumbershoot Festival

September 4
Seattle has an amazing Arts Festival each Labor Day weekend. This year was the 35th anniversary of the Bumbershoot Festival. We parked at a commuter terminal near home and took the shuttle into downtown Seattle. This festival is HUGE!! It's spread out all over the downtown. There are 16 stages of varying sizes for performing acts of all kinds. Elvis Costello was the biggest name that I know of, as well as Billy Preston and (would you believe he's still alive??) Bo Diddly!! There was rock, jazz, funk, punk, gospel, blues, Brazilian drummers w/half-naked dancers, and buskers galore!! The people-watching opportunities were unlimited. We did a lot of that, since we both have lousy backs and rested often!! There was every imaginable variety of food to eat, stuff to buy, and sites to see. One of the pictures showing here (the really colorful one) is of me in front of the EMP (Experience Music Project) Museum. We didn't go inside since the line was soooo long, but what an amazing structure!! Google it and take a peek. It's a museum all about music and guitars and rock 'n' roll. I'd love to make a return visit to Seattle and take a day for that museum visit!! And of course, the Space Needle! Late in the afternoon, the weather decided to give us a shower, the first rain since my arrival. A few squalls came through toward the end of our stay at the Festival. Everyone scrambled for shelter and kept on enjoying the events. We had reached the end of our endurance (or rather our backs had!!) and headed to the shuttle. There was a perfect rainbow, which turned into a double one as we headed back to Edmonds. Tonight is a leftover night. There's a bit of most of our dinners from the past few days that are begging to be eaten, so eat them we did...every bit as good, maybe better, as the first time!!

More tomorrow


If you are strong and push through the pain and the fear, you often find that happiness is waiting for you on the other side.


rm_songbird5419 62F
305 posts
9/23/2005 10:40 am

Yes indeed I shall. This was a wonderful connection and I plan to keep it alive and well.

If you are strong and push through the pain and the fear, you often find that happiness is waiting for you on the other side.


sex4fun1950 66M
182 posts
9/23/2005 10:24 am

It is always good to leave something for a future visit; as long as you get to keep the future visit. Somehow, I suspect you will!


rm_songbird5419 62F
305 posts
9/22/2005 1:21 pm

No, I didn't go up in the Needle. The Festival was too much fun and I'll go up in it another time.

Actually, the summers in Seattle aren't so rainy...it's the winter time that's the rainy season. So says Rick!!

If you are strong and push through the pain and the fear, you often find that happiness is waiting for you on the other side.


sex4fun1950 66M
182 posts
9/22/2005 11:48 am

Given Seattle's normal weather pattern, you were lucky to have half a day of good weather. I remember a tee shirt with "I visited Seattle during the rainy season: Jan 1 thru Dec 31" printed on it.

Did you go up into the Space Needle? Did you take the outside elevator down? That was interesting, and caused a number of very green faces when I took the ride. Thanks for bringing back some very pleasent memories....


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