Spring has sprung and though the weather hasn’t warmed up quite yet, we hear it’s coming soon! Seattle is especially beautiful and brilliant in clear spring skies, as tulips pop up, and people start to spend time out of doors again. I love this season.
This fresh new season means it’s time for a Spring Bucket List. I may not get around to all of them again this time but it’s still worth shooting for and hopefully gives you great ideas for your friends, families, and visitors. Seattle is a city full of great activities any season but spring highlights some of the best in this gorgeous town!
Seattle Great Wheel– It is about time I rode the new Ferris wheel on Pier 57! This is especially true now that it was voted one of the 10 Coolest Ferris Wheels in the World by MSN. At $13 each, with the ability to buy tickets in advance and skip the line this is definitely a great activity for a sunshiny day. http://seattlegreatwheel.com/
Your Local Farmers Market– Whether you hit up Pike Place or the Redmond Saturday Market or Columbia City Farmers Market or your own local market, this is the season to rush out for fresh produce, cheese, baked goods, and more. I am waiting for asparagus, fresh peas, arugula, and cherries especially. Peas are the best since my husband, Robert, hates them – so more for me! http://www.seattle.gov/economicdevelopment/support_markets.htm
Salmon Migration– After watching the salmon climb the ladders and head to freshwater to spawn in the fall (read the story here), I am so excited to see the young salmon migrate out to the sea. The salmon usually start running around late-May to mid-June so head to the Ballard Locks or Issaquah Fish Hatchery to see nature at its best.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival– No springtime Seattle area list would be complete without a visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival for a photo opportunity. Also, the chance to buy world famous tulips in an array of colors and plant them in your own yard for next spring can’t be beat! http://www.tulipfestival.org/
Mariner’s Game– The Mariners are looking great with a strong lineup this year. Opening day is April 8th which is coming up quickly. If I had more free time I’d definitely be buying a six game flex pack and would be taking myself out to the ballgame as often as possible in this exciting 2013 season. Even still, I hope to make a game this year!
Spring Cleaning– While it’s obviously not as much fun as the other items on the list it’s certainly productive. Not just good for your house but good for your mind and body too. Spring is the perfect season for cleaning; it’s not freezing cold so you can work in your garage and garden again, the kids are still in school, and the house is definitely dusty (at least my house!). This year I am working to tackle the chores we always forget about like dusting the back of the fridge, draining the water heater, dusting the baseboards. We also have a massive decluttering planned for a summer time garage sale. My other goal is to use as many green cleaning products – which for me translates to vinegar, baking soda, salt, and lemon – as much as possible. Cheaper than any pre-packaged cleaner, safer, and better smelling once the vinegar scent dissipates!
Now that the rainy skies are slowly clearing as March winds continue to move the clouds away, what do you hope to get to or get done off your Spring Bucket List?