If formidable circumstances are deemed no picnic (I-5 traffic at the moment sure as hell aint no picnic!) then shouldnt picnic, sans the negative prefix, infer the opposite? Picking up Ezells Chicken take-out and heading to Lake Washington is pretty breezy, but if you want to do it in style at a place like Golden Gardens, with its sandy shores and breathtaking panoramas of the snow-brushed Olympics, be prepared to plan. The beach is a city-owned park, and having a picnicat least the kind where a table is involvedrequires jumping through a few hoops. First? Make a reservation via snail mail, fax and phone (after April 1st), then be prepared to pony up anywhere from $30-$110 for a shelter. Should your needs be simple, just a table will set you back a ten spot. Not bad for elevation that will help keep the trail of ants from marching away with your spread, one crumb at a time. Once your reservation is confirmed, a picnic permit will be issuedcome armed with it to chase away any hoodlums poaching your spot. Then, enjoy! Get your hustle on, theyve got tables open for Labor Day but they wont last long.
Thu., Aug. 23