Sun is finally out, and forecast seems positive for this evening, so Santa’s Sled will make the run tonight to get it in before Christmas. We will start at dark ~ 4:30 middle of the lake and run clockwise. I expect Rudolph and I are the only ones crazy enough to do this on Christmas Eve, but if anyone wants to join me call my mobile (425) 449-0070 – as I’m heading out to get the sleigh ready now. Note we have NOT made arrangements for the launch ramp to stay open late, so if you want to join me, and you are not on the lake, we can park your boat at my dock for the night.
With a 90% chance of rain tonight and 50% chance Sunday, I doesn’t look like we’ll be able to do the North End Parade this weekend. Forecast is pretty wet till Xmas Eve. I’m still looking for a break in the weather when we can get this in over the holidays and photograph the best north end Xmas decorations. Also still recruiting for other boats to join in. Call me if anyone is interested in joining (425) 449-0070
SORRY – While the weather is perfect, only my boat (w/Big Santa) was confirmed for Sat 12/13 (or Sunday). I will try to get more boats for next weekend – date to be confirmed – we will try for Saturday 12/20
We are changing the starting point and direction of the North End Parade on Saturday 12/13: We plan start gathering the boats together at the mid-point / middle of the lake – get everyone lit, musically synched and organized at 4:30 PM. (Instead of starting at the north end) We will proceed west to Weowna Point (near 1400 SE) up the West side of the lake heading north. Let’s get a big holiday crowd out on the docks at the north end apartments around 6-6:30 PM, Idlewood Park, and Sammamish Landing, perhaps with caroling and bonfires along the shore. We will do a couple loops if we get a crowd to come out. Then we continue to parade clockwise around the lake down the east side to Mint Grove (half-way down the lake near 1400 SE) to end maybe 8PM if all goes on schedule. Many of the boats will then proceed down the east side of the lake (at faster speed, further offshore) to the State Park Boat Ramp which will stay open till the boats are off the lake. This change will reduce the distance traveled for the boats coming from the launch ramp before and after the parade by about 4 miles each way and the Sammamish Rowers won’t join us this year.
Light up your boats to celebrate the holiday season! Last year we had over 150 folks come out to watch with the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park, and hundreds more on shore. This yearthe Park will have candle lit walkways, bigger bonfires, hot chocolate, more caroling, to grow the celebration. And we want to grow the fleet to match. Please call me (425) 449-0070 if you can bring a boat to join us this year
South End Parade Saturday 12/6: We will start at the State Park Launch Ramp getting everyone launched, lit, musically synched and organized at 4 PM. We will stop at the State Park at 5:00-5:30, perhaps with some floating candles to guide us in. Then parade clockwise around the lake up the west side to Weowna Point (half-way up the lake near 1400 SE) cross the lake to the east side and back down to finish at the State Parkmaybe 8-9PM if all goes on schedule.
For the North End Parade Saturday 12/13: We We plan start gathering the boats together at the mid-point / middle of the lake – get everyone lit, musically synched and organized at 4:30 PM. We will proceed west to Weowna Point (near 1400 SE) up the West side of the lake heading north. Let’s get a big holiday crowd out on the docks at the north end apartments around 6-6:30 PM, Idlewood Park, and Sammamish Landing. And perhaps caroling and bonfires along the shore. Then we continue to parade clockwise around the lake down the east side to Mint Grove (half-way down the lake near 1400 SE) cross the lake to the east side at and back up north to finish near Sammamish Landingmaybe 8PM if all goes on schedule.
Those on shore can flash your house lights to wave as it is difficult to hear or see you from offshore with the holiday music. We will judge and post winners of best decorated houses in various categories (TBD) – hopefully with photographs (I need a photographer).
The state park launch ramps will stay open late on these nights so that everyone who launches can get their boats off the water.
If rain is forecast for Saturday, we will push back to the following Sunday Dec 7 (South End) or Dec 14 (North End), and if both weekend days are rained out we will move to Saturday Dec 20 or 21.