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When it comes to fields of tulips and the scent of spring, your mind may first go to the Netherlands. However, if an international journey isn’t in the cards this time of the year there’s always tulips to be seen here at home in the nifty fifty, as Washington state is pretty good at showing off their green thumb.
The Skagit Tulip Festival runs all month long around Mount Vernon, Washington, but obviously a lot of the blossoms and what not depend on how Mother Nature is feeling. Things are a little bit different than most festivals, as there’s not really just one location or thing to see—you visit to kind of see everything. Drive through the area and the different fields and farms, and enjoy the tulips as they make their debut after a long winter. There’s hundreds of acres of fields and flowers, so we don’t think you’ll be disappointed that there’s no food court.
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Depending on whom you were pulling for last night, it was either one of the best Super Bowl games of all time—or one of the absolute worst. Either way it’s now time to celebrate, and the city of Seattle is ready to welcome home their Seahawks. It’s the very first championship for the organization, and only the second time a professional sports team will bring home a trophy to the city. Start working on your get out of work strategy, as this Wednesday is going to be the victory parade.
For those hoping to welcome the team home—you’re out of luck—as it sounds like there will not be an organized welcome home out at SeaTac Airport. However, the official celebration is scheduled for February 5, as things are going to kickoff at 11am local time.
The plan has the parade beginning on Fourth Avenue—south of like Denny Way—then running along Fourth Avenue for a couple of miles. The parade route will lead the team to their home at CenturyLink Field where the party and parade will end around 1:30pm.
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For the last few weeks Alaska Airlines has been doing their best to help rescue Seattle Seahawks fans from around the country, as they’ve been flying them into town to join in on some of the game day activities. Along with Chief Football Officer—Russell Wilson—the airline is at again, and this time lucky winners just might be visiting New York and New Jersey in time for this year’s big game.
Partnering with the team's quarterback they’re calling the contest "Russell's 12th Fan Airlift,” and they’re randomly picking 56 lucky winners. Those lucky enough will score a pair of round-trip tickets on an Alaska Airlines flight over to Newark, New Jersey, as well as two nights accommodations during Super Bowl weekend. They’ll throw in access to a party over in Manhattan on the day of the game, but there’s one thing they just can’t give away—no tickets to the Super Bowl are included in this contest. That’s certainly a bummer, but we guess it’s better than nothing.
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Good news if you’re heading to the airport in the next couple of days, as Alaska Airlines might just help you get there. They’re definitely in the holiday spirit with their latest promotion; however, you do need to call the Seattle area home to get in on the deal.
Alaska Airlines is teaming up with the ride-share folks over at Uber, and they’re giving free rides to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The freebies are scheduled to run both today and tomorrow—December 23 and December 24—as travelers are welcome to a free one-way ride to the airport.
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September is one of the best times of year to visit Mount St. Helens thanks to cooler temperatures and clear visibility. It's also the perfect time to help the staff complete a much needed one-mile trail to the nearby Ape Cave, the famous lava tube just south of the active volcano.
Volunteers from the Washington Trails Association and the Mount St. Helens Institute have finished all but the last few hundred feet, which they hope to finish this month with the help of some intrepid travelers.
Interstate 5 between Seattle and Bellingham had something of a major problem just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. As you've probably heard, the Skagit River Bridge collapsed into the water below, but thankfully the injuries were minor considering the situation. Now it’ll be weeks before some temporary supports and spans can be hoisted into place, so in the interim travelers must take the long way or call up Alaska Airlines.
The carrier is looking to help out those stuck by the bridge collapse, and they’re offering up special fares between Bellingham and Seattle. As they put it, they’re helping to “bridge the gap,” and the one-way specials begin at $99 each way.
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Some 787s hanging out Paine Field
If you’re looking to fill your quota of aviation avgeekiness, but can’t swing the cost of round-the-world airfare anytime soon—we’ve got you covered. Paine Field Aviation Day is just around the corner, and plenty of airplanes will be on display for your viewing pleasure on Saturday, May 18 between 9am and 5pm.
The fun all takes place in Everett, Washington, which sits just outside of Seattle. It's better known as the home to Boeing and their primary final assembly lines, but Aviation Day is meant for aircraft both old and new to show off and take to the skies. Tickets for adults will set you back $10, but the little ones—under 17—can tag along for free.
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It’s officially spring—at least according to the calendar—and that means it’s time to celebrate the season with chocolate bunnies, candy eggs, and plenty of jelly beans. Sure that stuff is traditionally brought out to celebrate Easter, but we’re pretty sure it tastes just as good no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof. Of course one treat that takes seasonal candy to the next level are the trusty marshmallow Peeps. This year they taste even better, as they’re part of their very own art exhibit.
If you don’t call Wisconsin home you might want to start looking into some flights, as March 29 is when the exhibit opens up at the Racine Art Museum. They’ve been doing this for a few years now, and the fun is scheduled to run through Sunday April 14. It’s just what you imagine it to be, as artists of all ages are encouraged and welcomed to create their own masterpiece made of out of the candy.
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Got plans for Memorial Day Weekend yet? Well, now you do. This year's 4 day Sasquatch! Music Festival is slated to run from May 24th to 27th at The Gorge in the basalt cliffs above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
The musical lineup features more than 100 bands including Mumford & Sons, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Imagine Dragons, Bloc Party and Elvis Costello, while Nick Offerman, Jenny Slate, Jon Daly, and Joe Mande will be among the performers gracing the comedy stage.
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This is the ghost of airplanes past. For real, though, this is a B-29 Bomber from World War II that's been literally kept under wraps for over a year, sitting between the parking lot of Seattle's Museum of Flight and the runways at Boeing Field.
Anyone who lives near a seasonal body of water (the Great Lakes, for example) has surely seen shrink-wrapped boats being transported or stored away for the winter. The same industrial wrap comes in handy for aircraft; just Google Image search "shrink-wrap airplane" to see shots like this, of bound-up Blackhawk helicopters on a barge.
But back to the Bomber.
GeekGirlCon recently gave female comic fans another reason to geek out when they announced the details of their 2013 conference.
The con, which will take place at The Conference Center at WSCC in Seattle, is dedicated to celebrating the contributions of women in all aspects of geek culture. Panels, workshops, gaming, and special guests are also geared to geeky girls and their unique interests.
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It’s time to check those credit card statements, as there might just be a little bit of a bank error in your favor. You’re not going to get to quit your job anytime soon, but if your car has spent a lot of time in the airport parking garage over in Seattle you might have scored a pretty decent discount—as in free.
Over at Sea-Tac Airport there was a little bit of a parking glitch during the year, and the bottom line is that the airport is now short a cool $400,000 in fees and charges. As much as we want to just assume that this was a goodwill gesture—it wasn’t—and now the Port of Seattle is trying to figure out what happened.