An overnight stay, a longer drive — fun on the way to Seahawks fest

Staff writerFebruary 5, 2014 

Jake and Kim Greger from Puyallup knew getting into downtown Seattle on Wednesday would be a nightmare.

So the couple, along with their children, Dane, 8, and Katie, 5, drove up in their motor home Tuesday night.

The family felt lucky to make it to the Seahawks Super Bowl victory parade without battling the snarled traffic, or worse, the trains that were turning people away.

“It’s a once in a lifetime deal, is how we looked at it,” Jake Greger said.

Kim Greger, who growing up attended games with her father in the Kingdome, quickly interrupted: “Hopefully not a once in a lifetime.”

“This is an amazing experience for our family,” she said. “The energy, the excitement, the camaraderie. It’s almost like ‘How could you not be here?’”

It took Tom and Kara Pinard more than four hours to make it to CenturyLink Field, but considering the father and daughter were driving from Wenatchee, that wasn’t too bad.

“As soon as we hit Bellevue it was pretty much bumper to bumper,” Tom Pinard said. “From Bellevue it only took us an hour.”

Pinard grew up watching the Hawks and passed the tradition on to his daughter. The pair planned to return Wednesday night to Wenatchee, traffic allowing.

Geoff Brown and his family made it to Seattle from their home in Sammamish in roughly 40 minutes, using the carpool lane.

Their waiting came outside the stadium as they tried to keep warm for two hours before the field was opened for season ticket holders.

Despite the cold, it was worth it, Brown said.

“It was fun,” he said. “There was a lot of good camaraderie, chants and reminiscing among the crowd.”

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