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.
#20 Berries – – Blackberries, raspberries, salmon berries, huckleberries, Spooners strawberries, and the list goes on. You thought I was going to say apples didn’t you? Nope, the berries are better.
#19 Farmers markets with flying fish, bakeries that make soul cookies, urban farms with ancient vines, and other locally made organic goodness.
#18 You don’t have to shovel rain. True story.
#17 “It’s in the water” Best tap water this side of the Rockies.
#16 No plastic bags starting July 1st 2014 …you environment destroying single use menaces.
#15 Pow wows – Because thankfully there are many tribes out here that survived the holocaust of colonization historically disguised as manifest destiny.
#14 I have never been called a nigger in Washington. At least not to my face. Or any other slur of races I am not a part of in blood but seem to resemble enough that I catch their slurs in places like the Midwest. We are very politically correct out here in Washington for the most part. I love that!
#13 Festivals -The Cascadia Poetry Festival, The Spring Fairy Festival, Chinese new year celebrations, PRIDE, And the list goes on…
#12 Rainbow Valley in the 1990’s. I think I may have taken a trip there once and if I did it was not a bad one.
#11 A decent economy sprinkled with Boeing, Microsoft, and other global diabolical badassery such as….
#10 JBLM, Bremerton and Whidbey Naval bases. Just in case TSHTF Washingtonians will be pretty safe while soldiers kick Russian ass and the best drag queens north of San Francisco sing the star spangled banner with a fierceness unlike any other.
#9 TESC and Cascadia Now! They are such a cute young couple.
#8 Organic locally made lollipops with zero regrets.
#7 Seattle and Olympia – Both are culture hubs with beautiful backdrops of the forests and mountains found all over western Washington
#6 Canada is a very nice neighbor to the north eh?
#5 Religious tolerance with a heavy dose of eastern influence mixed in with a few hippies, vegans, yoga and a sitar.
#420 It’s a green state with MMJ, Cannacon and Hempfest. Or the right to be healthy and happy as I like to call it.
#3 There are many alternative educational opportunities and community building organizations such as GRuB who work real miracles
#2 No Hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning storms, poisonous snakes or gators. Sometimes it’s the things that aren’t there that you really appreciate.
#1 Sasquatch – She’s actually pretty cool once you get to know her.