the annual April 22 observance of environmental issues begun in 1970.
Down in Seattle's
neighborhood, hundreds turned out to plant plants, clean up the
banks, and celebrate with a picnic and student play performance at the
Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and Washington Governor Christine Gregoire toured
The Living Barge
and used it as a backdrop to deliver their obligatory environmental remarks.
Well, I missed it all.
an 8-hour tape for
I got a late start. But when I finally
did make it out, it was a glorious day
for a bike ride. I crossed Aurora Bridge
from upper Fremont, slipped down to Dexter,
then meandered my way through downtown to
the waterfront, pausing here and there to shoot a
picture or short movie clip. At Spokane and Marginal
I consulted the excellent
Bike Map and charted a
course for Gateway Park South, where I mistakenly thought
something would be going on (oops). After crossing the lower
West Seattle Bridge, I rode along the riverfront Duwamish Bike Trail
for the first time. It was sweet--a confluence of flowers and industry.
After asking directions of two women loading kayaks onto a rooftop car rack,
I made it to the
Neighborhood Center just in time to hear riotous applause for the play which
had just ended. Alas.
The cookout was over but I scored half a veggie weenie and a quarter of a
dessicated garden burger.
Yum! Sarah and I napped in the grass, then made it to the kayak parade launch
site where I napped some more.
Then we went to Lora's house where we took a nap in the basement guest room
and one of two adorable cats (Boo and Atticus) crawled under the blanket
and between my legs. Yow! Finally napped out , we made it to the County Line
where we met George, a very politically aware
champ who encouraged me to film him
his acrylic eye--which replaced the one he lost after taking five bullets
to the head.