I know there are many folks who love this time and many folks who dread it. I have to admit I’m in the love it camp. I know it’s a little weird, but I just love airplanes! So this morning I stopped on Airport Way to watch the Angels take off for about the 100th time in my life. I got to enjoy a few moments of thrill and reminisce about all the years and times I’ve spent watching them in and around Georgetown and even traveling to see them fly from time to time.
Of course there is also a logistical aspect to living in a city with such a summer festival. Desiree shared this funny (now) story about getting caught in the middle of bridge closures unexpectedly:
“It was 2 years ago that I had an unfortunate oversight and missed the fact that I-90 was closing for the Blue Angels practice. I had just made it to Bellevue to drop a friend off at a doctor’s appointment and needed to get right back to West Seattle for an inspection with a buyer client. I was stuck in the worst traffic I’ve ever experienced and was re-directed through Renton to drive around Lake Washington back to Seattle. To top it off, my client was also stuck on the Eastside, meaning that we were both 1 1/2 hours late for the inspection and arrived just as the inspector was finishing. Now I make sure I know when the Blue Angels are flying.”
The annual Seafair festival begins when the Seafair Pirates land on Alki the first week of July and ends with the Blue Angels flying over Lake Washington in a spectacular display of aeronautics. The first practice flight (and closure) is today from 9:45 a.m. – noon and then again from 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. and there are several more closures throughout the weekend. For more information check out the WSDOT website at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/northwest/king/seafair/
So we just wanted to say happy Seafair and make sure no one gets stuck in traffic this year!
Here’s a snapshot of the closure dates and times:
Thursday, Aug. 5: 9:45 a.m. – noon & 1:15 – 2:30 p.m., (Practice)
Friday, Aug. 6: 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Practice)
Saturday, Aug. 7: 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
Sunday, Aug. 8: 12:45 p.m. – 2:40 p.m., (Full show)
We hope you are able to catch a glimpse of the Blue Angels this weekend!
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