Contrary to the popular myth it doesn't rain all the time in Seattle. Just all winter. Everyday. Since we are clearly out of winter, and anticipating a 70+ degree day I decided it was an afternoon for the locks. I live near a boat canal and along the steep, terraced shore is a beautiful park (where people bring picnics and there are organized musical groups that perform on weekends). There are also many sunbathers whose reprieve is interrupted by the horns, warning bells, and announcements for the lock staff. Lying on a blanket I enjoyed the blue sky, the blossoming trees, and finished a good book (Cold Comfort Farm). I think Gidget enjoyed herself too after she settled down (so much to watch), but she did get a bit sunburned on her bum - spf 30 for her next time.