Best. Summer. Ever. – Episode 7: Oompah

We found ourselves footloose on the Fourth of July this year, so we piled into Chitty (the girls’ name for our Subaru Forester) and headed “down to the Locks” — that is, the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (a.k.a. the Ballard Locks, the Government Locks or even the Gummint Locks) in Ballard. Somehow it’s always a gas there. You got yer flowers in the gardens, and you got yer raising and lowering of boats in the big and little locks — hours of fun, that, since invariably the lock master has to yell at someone to pay out some line or get their bowsprit out of someone else’s shrouds — and you got yer fish ladder. AND…on the Fourth of July, which we didn’t know until we happened to wander onto the lawn at two minutes until showtime, you got yer free old time music being played live by the Seattle Civic Band. We hunkered down on the grass on our blanket, which we just happened to be carrying (really!), and enjoyed classic horny hits such as “Washington Post March” by J. P. Souza, the “Princess of India Overture” by Karl King, and of course the SSB by Francis Scott Key. The special guest was the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s bass trombonist Stephen Fissel, who soloed on Stephen Frank’s “Barnacle Hill”.

The Seattle Civic Band rocks the Locks.

The Seattle Civic Band rocks the Locks under the superb conduction of William Blayney.

LIvin' lawj on the lawn.

LIvin’ lawj on the lawn. Yeah, we’re scrappy and ill-mannered, but we’re Americans!

A magic window. The salmon ladder at the Ballard Locks.

A magic window. The salmon ladder at the Ballard Locks.

Together is a good way to spend a day.

Together is a good way to spend a day.

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2 Responses to “Best. Summer. Ever. – Episode 7: Oompah”


  1. 1 PCL November 20, 2014 at 19:47

    Catching up with your best summer ever and dang! It really was! So lovely.


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