Seasonal Cascadian Migrations


Seasons of Cascadia

The mist begins to lift from both forest and sea. An occasional ray of sunshine peeks over My Rainier. A lenticular cloud hovers over the mountain, freaking out everyone but the locals. Cherry blossoms bloom. It’s the fabled socks and sandals weather complete with vernal rainbows. For the first time in 8 months, skies clear completely, not one cloud showing its face for all of pride week. Perfect weather continues with GEESE! Then 12 straight weeks of drought for canoe journey and festivals is great for recreation, but causes 4 weeks of wildfires at least… so we begin praying for rain? Really? Lovely autumnal rainbows welcome the waters return. Refreshing drops keep dousing flames as we gather around campfires to eat apple and kale salad. HONK….GEESE AGAIN! Then a month of incessant torrential downpour. The salmon return. Think its clear? Dry? No. Black ice! Rain again alternating with freezing fog and what we like to call spit. Freezing rain scatters through those 3 cold weeks with pretty morning frost when it snowed twice and somebody reports a sasquatch sighting on KING5. 1 inch of snow. School closures. Then. Yeah! Our 3 days of Christmas snow came we can go sledding this year! Then. Hurricane force wind storm complete with friendly snow cone hail and free firewood. Next comes floods and mudslides. The rest of the rainy season is mountain snow, valley still effing raining causing moss and mold to grow everywhere followed by you guessed it another straight month of little bitty stinging rain that just never quite completely stops dripping off everything making things moist and damp every freaking where. People wander in a sleepy grey daze holding trays of soy lattes from Starbucks and bottles of vitamin D3. Seasonal affective dementors return for their yearly migration. The squirrels are phased by none of this and always look happy.


Dear everyone driving in Cascadia



Dear everyone driving in Cascadia.  There is a sacred driving formula that you will need to drive without road rage, anxiety,  or wasting your gas and time.  It is the pulse of I5, the heartbeat of Seattle and Portland.  There are between 4-6 hours a day that you can’t drive I5 or in Seattle proper for that matter. Well you could but it’s a parking lot .  Have to go before or after, unless you enjoy bicycles and foot traffic passing you by.  There is a gas/time/distance formula for optimal cost,  time spent on the road idling wasting gas for how long and when you have to be where. 

Now granted, the formula means you don’t go into the city between 8 – 10 am and you don’t leave between 4-6 pm.  Also if you have to be in Seattle on say, new years eve,  you leave at 8p the day before. 

The pulse goes into the city in the morning and out a night.  How I love driving North into the city at night from Olympia with rush hour on the other side. 

Now Portland needs at least two new bridges.  One on either side the only current I5 crossing.  At rush hour there is a web of parking lot on every road highway and off ramp as far as the eyes can see.  It’s a waste of time and money running your car. So pull over and enjoy Majestic Cascadia.  Check out our delicious local artisan crafted everything, and spend time relaxing in our breathtaking parks.

So plan ahead,  go before,  go after just know when to drive I5.