|"We are 12!"|
|The first to arrive claimed seats and began the waiting line.|
At her invitation, we got up at 2:30 a.m. to drive from Sequim over to Renton via the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. And as the traffic was lighter than expected, we got to The Landing just after 5 a.m. so we met up for donuts and coffee. And other fans began arriving shortly thereafter.
|These were the other early arrivals. Soon this line would be|
bent so that folks were across the street and down past the
|Wayne Smith and Wayne Ratcliff walk and chat as they waited|
for the beginning of the processing to start.
We were quickly processed through the security system and funneled through the scanners into the next bus in line.
|The entrance to the security and clearing staff to make sure|
we weren't going to disrupt the day with any devices.
|More folks arriving at The Landing.|
As our bus pulled in, we were shouting "Sea-HAWKS!!" so loudly that that staff commented on it. There was a band playing and photo opportunities with the DJ and three of the SeaGals.
|Wayne Ratcliff with daughter, Susan Smith, and her husband,|
(also named Wayne) at the Seahawk Training Facility.
|Wayne in his element with the SeaGals!!|
At the top of the field, there were vendors with food, snacks, drinks and hawking lots of Sea Gear.
My breakfast on the road had been a homemade PB&J with blueberries and coffee. But that had been hours ago and by 10 a.m. I was ready for some pizza. Perhaps it was the sun, the field, the energy, but a huge slice of cheese pizza was just what was needed!
There were a lot of tall men in the line, and in one of the photos I took, it was hard to spot my pal. And they all had on their fan regalia, so trying to find a tall guy with a Seahawks hat was pointless!
|Where is the tall guy with the Seahawk hat that I came with?|
|At the Gate waiting for it to open.|
I think if I ever do this again I will bring a tripod and my telephoto lens. My handheld Sony camera with the distance lens was challenged by the light and the space between me and the subjects.
|On the field, the team begins to stretch and move.|
|Everyone down for pushups!|
|Cam Chancellor shows a move to the right.|
|Defense shows off some moves before the crowd.|
|My best shot... Russell Wilson launching the ball.|
But it was an awesome experience to see in person (if at quite a distance) some of the fellows I have watched play these past few years. And I got some new items for my own team regalia... but best of all I spent time with folks I am growing to love. What could be better than this?
|The crowd begins to thin out as folks leave the arena.|
|Wayne and 'Sandy Banks' taken by Susan Smith.|