Summer … finally! Let the fun begin
July 5, 2012
While the rest of the nation experiences sunshine and record-high temperatures, we’re still grilling under umbrellas, hiking in rain gear and continuously pulling sweaters out of storage.
Rumor has it that summer on the wet side of the Cascades officially begins July Fourth … or possibly the fifth, maybe even the sixth.
At any rate, July Fourth starts summer fun in the Valley.
Many of us drove to Carnation for the fireworks show (don’t even get us started about how disappointed we are that North Bend and Snoqualmie didn’t offer pyrotechnic displays).
Next up is the North Bend Block Party from noon to 8 p.m. July 14; and Family Waterfall Tours at the Cedar River Watershed are at 10 a.m. July 14.
Get your mud on at the Warrior Dash, held July 21-22 at North Bend’s Meadowbrook Farms.
Thomas the Train makes an appearance at the Northwest Railway Museum July 20-22. Walk to the 500-year-old Big Cedar Tree with a local historian at 10 a.m. July 28. Pamper your pooch at the Dog Days of Summer from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 5 at the Three Forks Off-Leash Dog Park.
The Festival at Mount Si is Aug. 10-12, and wheels start spinning at Tour de Peaks at 7 a.m. Aug. 12, both at Si View Park.
Snoqualmie Railroad Days runs Aug. 17-19 in historic downtown Snoqualmie, and the star-studded Boeing Classic golf tournament tees off Aug. 20-26.
Snoqualmie Casino’s outdoor concert series opened July 3 — a lot of big name groups are performing through Sept. 2.
The North Bend Farmers Market and Concert Series is under way at Si View Park every Thursday, from 4-8 p.m.
The Iron Horse Relay ends right in downtown North Bend Sept. 9, followed by a party for the die-hard athletes and folks who just like to watch die-hard athletes.
Of course, hiking, biking, rafting, fishing, boating, swimming and just good ol’ lounging-around-doing-nothing should also be part of your summertime repertoire.
But who are we kidding … keep the umbrella and sweaters handy.