PACIFIC NORTHWEST AT ITS BEST

The Pacific Northwest remains one of my favorite places to visit.  The bright greens pop against the dark coast as the sun sets and the air chills. These photos were taken throughout Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

As sun sets on the beaches of the Olympic Peninsula, you get the feeling that this place isn't like anywhere you've been before. The air chills and the dark sand squishes between your toes as a sort of haze takes over the skyline, creating the most magnificent sunset you've ever seen. It always amazes me how places like these exist, that seem so serene and calm, are just a short drive from one of the country's busiest cities.

As we winded our way around the Peninsula, we watched as the mist of thick green forests faded into lavender fields and popular coastal towns and then further into the metropolis that is Seattle.

  

Being from Florida (and now living in California), I've been warned many times that the lack of sunlight and persistence of overcast days can really be a bummer for a sun basking beach bum such as myself. But once I spent some time in this area I started to doubt those claims.

The grey skies put a sense of calm over our entire trip. There was never a sense of rushing to make the most of the daylight. We not once had to plan an activity around the where the sun would be shining, a task that now fills all of my adventure planning days. When we were out at a farmers market in Seattle it started to rain a little and not a soul ran. A couple people grabbed rain jackets they had stashed away, in anticipation of the persistent chance of rain. But mostly people just went about their business, knowing that it would pass shortly. If you don't let it bother you, then it wont- and that is the general consensus I got from people in the area, which I find refreshing.


Growing up in Florida, we would spend days on end indoors waiting out rains storms. We got really great at entertaining ourselves in the dark when our power was knocked out, due to the most recent hurricane, or conducting swim practice indoors when lightning stuck outside. As a kid this seemed very normal and fine, but now as an adult, who thrives in the outdoors, I don't think I would be able to handle that.

Which is why I feel that Pacific Northwesters have figured out the best way to live where they are.  Just deal with it. In the winter if it's raining in the city, there's a good chance its snowing in the mountains- and that means powder days.  In the summer if its raining just know that it will soon pass and go about your day as normal. Good way to live if you ask me!