We arrived early at Gas Works Park to get the trailer set up before they closed the roads for the Solstice Parade. Sixty degrees and the sun is shining with one of the best views of downtown as our backdrop. Stages, food trucks, tents, and a beer garden all being put into place. All I could think is, wow, this is by far the biggest event we've done so far. And, wow, we're a part of the after party for the historic Fremont Solstice Parade.
We had a prime spot (besides having some minor shading issues from neighboring balloons) right in front of the beer garden entrance. We faced West to take advantage of the longest day, which means in Seattle the sun didn't set until 9:11. We brewed some solar coffee and tea, set up a camp of chairs, and plugged in the chargers. Here we go!
It's all kind of a blur looking back. One minute we're putting the final touches on everything and taking pictures. The next time I look up, it's a wave of a thousand painted, naked bike riders flooding into the park—you can no longer see the green fields and hills.
It didn't take long before we were plugging phones in and showing the Solar Rover off. Before long our outlets were maxed out—and we even had lines at times. We met some nice people who waited around for their devices to charge. So many people had zero charge and were grateful to charge up so they could call and text their friends to meet up—I've never been hugged so much for providing a service! Paul even helped a Chinese couple with their English while they waited. We're all about the details.
The festive vibe of the Fremont Solstice Parade gave Mardi Gras a run for its money. I came home with only about three business cards left. Happy summer, everyone!