Monday, August 10, 2009

Perils and Pleasures of NW Picnicing

From left: Melissa Geiss, 18, Theresa Hoey, 17, Anthony Galvan, 17, and friends roast marshmallows at Golden Gardens Park. With vistas of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound, the beach's fire pits are a popular hangout throughout the summer well into the Pacific Northwest's colder months.

Golden Gardens group, more likely focused on drink than food.

The Climbers Picnic includes the elements of picnics across America: meat cooked on an open grill.

Kate Berreth and Evan Anderson, right, cuddle near the grill in a shelter at Seattle's Golden Gardens Park with friends Allison Van Horn and Zach Davidson. The friends say they picnic often, but especially when it's nice out.

Allison Van Horn, 22, prepares her toast for a hot dog while grilling with friends at Golden Gardens.

Kate Berreth savors that picnic classic, fresh watermelon, on a cool May day.

Amelie Millard, 4, plays among the petals in the park next to the Columbia City Farmers Market in the Rainier Valley. Her family and friends join many others who picnic and play there in all kinds of weather.

Brooke Gerber-Perham, 6, and her father, Bruce Perham, snack on ice cream at the Columbia City Farmers Market, where the neighborhood festivities extend into the adjacent park.

Father Satish Devani, son Aakash Devani, mother Aarti Devani, grandmother Lilawati Kothawade and daughter Ketaki Devani picnic at Seward Park along Lake Washington. The family, originally from India, say they used to travel 50 miles outside of Mumbai to find an uncrowded place to picnic. Satish surprised his wife with the picnic after Aarti told him she wanted a day to feel close to nature.

Dan McComb and Lara Feltin picnic on the banks of Lake Washington at Seward Park, less than 50 feet from where they were married 4 and a half years ago.

To read Karen Gaudette's story, on picnicking culture in the Northwest visit:

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