Sunday, April 5, 2009
The second week we were out in Washington, Chuck’s sister urged us to do a little sightseeing. Despite many trips out there over the last decade and a half, we rarely got out to see much of the area and never had gone anywhere on our own, just for fun. The focus was always to visit with Mom and Dad and later, Dad alone. The day started out with heavy rain, but as we drove north the rain clouds scudded away, blue sky became visible and soon the sun was shining. We had been advised to take a ferry ride from Anacortes to Friday Harbor. But when we arrived at the ferry dock we were informed that the ferry had broken down. Plan B was needed.
We decided to poke around on our own. After touring Washington Park we headed off to Deception Pass and the northernmost part of Whidbey Island. Just before we got to the bridge over the Pass, we pulled over into a scenic overlook. We could see that some sort of work was being done on the bridge. Chuck snapped a few photos and then began to walk back up the road a bit to get a better view. He spotted a television film crew wrapping up and figured they must have scouted the best vantage point. As Chuck approached, the cameraman hoisted his camera back up to his shoulder and the on air news guy popped out of the van and began interviewing Chuck. After just a few moments, Chuck returned to the car saying we needed to watch the Seattle news that night.
Sure enough, back at our hotel in time for the KING-5 5:00 news, we watched as they ran the story about the Deception Pass Bridge. I had hoped to embed the video clip, but I couldn’t do it. You’ll have to be sure not to blink, but Chuck’s there, about 55 seconds in, for all of four or five seconds! I guess that means Chuck has about 14 minutes and 55 seconds of fame left to go!