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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

June 18, 2010 at 11:45 PM

Lively days at the Ballard Locks

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June 16, 11:01 a.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
Unless he’ll already be on a boat, consider taking dad to the Ballard Locks on Father’s Day.
From kayaks to luxury yachts and fishing boats, the steady flow of vessels between Lake Union and Puget Sound is enough to keep a guy like me entertained. They go by so close you can even strike up a conversation. “We are going out for a month,” said a boater on her way to the Sound.
Another spectacle is found below the water level at the fish ladder. While we watched a number of fish swim by, Pat Martinez, a local fisherman, said the best time to see sockeye swimming upstream will be in two or three weeks (see Wednesday’s post.)
Through Labor Day, the Locks get even livelier with free weekend concerts. This Saturday at 2 p.m., see Scandinavian dances, and on Sunday, the Elliott Bay Pipe Band performs. For full schedule visit blog.friendsoftheballardlocks.org.
Happy Father’s Day!

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