Sunday, April 5, 2009

Deception Pass

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!


dancingmorganmouse said...

He has a nice deep voice, your fellow (I recognised the beard).

Sue said...

I can't get it to load quickly enough and it's home time! Will check again tomorrow x

Purple Ronnie said...

Yes!! There he is! I saw him!!! Love it!!

Roo said...

I know a TV star, I know a TV star!

Ok, you're back, I'm all caught up, and what can I say! I choked up on reading about the salute they gave Chuck's dad, you may have your failings as a country but by god, you get some things right! I cried trying to explain it to Peter.

Then the restaurant... I sniffed my way through that, Iowa legislating was a blur, but I laughed out loud finally, wondering where Chuck is going to pop up next!

As always, good to see you home xx

Pink Granite said...

Hi DMM -
Yes, I love his voice!
Even in profile, the beard and the hat were the giveaway!
- Lee

Hi Sue -
Hope it loads and runs smoothly for you tomorrow!
- Lee

Hi Ronnie -
Thanks for your enthusiasm!
Chuck is getting a big charge out of all this!
- Lee

Hi Roo -
Yes you do know a TV star - hey, so do I!

On the one hand I'm sorry to have triggered tears, but I'm glad I was able to convey the powerful emotions we experienced during that surprise military ceremony. Every time I try to tell the story, I get choked up.

It was a long, challenging trip, but, in the end, everything went beautifully.

And boy howdy, it is great to be home - sleeping in our own bed, cooking in my own kitchen - the whole kit and kaboodle feels super!

- Lee

barbie2be said...

they couldn't pay me enough either, chuck!