As June comes to a close, here in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve had record high temperatures. Higher than Miami, Dallas and other cities ever recorded. This is unprecedented as it is often hard to get tan lines before July. An example is:
Portland, OR – 116 degrees
Seattle, WA – 108 degrees
Pasco, WA – 118 degrees…since 1961
Many households do not have air conditioning here. I imagine that will slowly increase going forward. A common sense expense I think. And many will think ahead. Businesses closed, nature/plants and infrastructure took a beating. Can anyone say climate change?
What did you do to stay cool? The #pnw states are opening up! Options included being on the road, shopping in an air-conditioned store, movie theater, took a dip in the pool, bbq, a refreshing beverage, and more. I found a hand mister to be very handy, refreshing.
What will the rest of the summer bring? May our natural beauty be spared. And may the energy of #pnw thrive as we celebrate a bit of normal.
As May is coming to a close, the thing I remember most is the early wake up call from the Junco’s in the area. The Junco is my favorite bird, makes me happy and we’ve seen more this Spring than any other I think. The American robin has been plentiful as well. Funny… even though I may not be ready to be awake at 4:15 am, they like to sing their song and let us know they exist.
May is a good month to experience a spring in your step, baseball, flowers, out with the old and in with the new, the festival season, self-care, catching up with friends, and planning for the Summer ahead. There is hope. Let’s do this!
Check Out Washington has been expanded to include most WA libraries. Borrow a Library Discover Pass for one week to explore the beauty of Washington State…the birds, the trees, the landscape, the Pacific Northwest.
So, it’s the holiday season and the last month of 2020. This year of COVID-19 has been rough for many. Keeping it low-key but festive, check out this fun event in Snoqualmie, WA. It’s the Snoqualmie Winter Lights! Shop. Feast. Move. Enjoy. #wearamask
What were some of my favorite things in 2019? Did you travel within four hours reach of the Seattle area? Check out the 19 highlights…
California dreamin (by airplane) – Sonoma, Napa, St Helena, Sacramento, San Francisco, …and Russian River Brewery
Snowmageddon in February in the Puget Sound area
The Konmari Method – Does your ‘stuff’ spark joy?
Poverty Bay Wine Festival in Des Moines, WA – an annual anniversary
Seeing the snow geese in the La Conner, Conway, Mount Vernon area in early-mid March
Eats – a few new eats in 2019 consisted of the Five Star Cellars wine dinner at the Magestic Hotel in Anacortes, Black Raven Brewery in Redmond, and Resonate Brewery in Bellevue. The Mongolia Wagyu Beef at Baron’s in Bellevue was tasty as well.
Port Townsend – windy Spring day to tour the town, Saturday market, Point Hudson
Seattle Pride Parade fun
Deception Pass and Hellams Vineyard wine/dinner boat cruise via San Juan Cruises
Walk the Cedar River Trail
Pike Place Market – Mee Sum Pastry’s Pork Hom Bow; Sunset Supper in August
Gary Clark Jr at Chateau St Michelle’s Summer Concert Series and Evil Dead the Musical
Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich – so tasty!
Cheering on the Seattle Seahawks, playing fantasy football (4th place in both leagues) and pickem – Go Hawks!
Metallica S&M2 (the performance after the fact) – so fabulous!
Salish Lodge and Snoqualmie Falls – breakfast, pics of the falls, shopping….one of my favorite places. Includes shopping in the smaller boutiques in Snoqualmie and North Bend
Seattle Sounders win the MLS Cup vs Toronto – Way to Go!
Leavenworth town and tree lighting
Strangelove at Showbox at the Market – love, love, love!
What are you looking forward to in 2020? I am looking forward to the movie Top Gun/Maverick – oh yeah!
So, this list was skipped at the beginning of the year but now that we’re towards the end of it, what did you do in 2018 that you can recommend? what did you love? what do you want to do again ‘within 4 hours reach’ of the Puget Sound area? As I’m a list maker and a scheduler, I can contribute with a list of my own…
Visit The Bay area via airplane, so it counts for this particular list
Check out 21 Acres in Woodinville, your sustainable living heart will love it. http://21acres.org/
Northwest Flower and Garden Show
Jazz Brunch at Sorrento Hotel in Seattle
Wine Tasting. Poverty Bay Wine Festival.
See ‘Hamilton’ at Paramount Theatre
Did you see your Market Charm or order one? visit Pike Place Market
Check out live Sumo with Sumo + Sushi
Youth. Equity. Access. to the Arts – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Seattle Symphony, Ciara and Russell Wilson. And see Candlebox rock their 25th Anniversary tour – oh yeah!
Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge – hike it, pic it, eat it, shop it, massage it, love it
Gig Harbor – visit downtown and walk Sehmel Homestead Park
Walk 18 miles with EverWalk
Seahawks Training Camp. Tailgate.
Notable Restaurant? Meal? Movie? Theater? Concert? Sporting Event? Yes, please. Way to Go Seattle Storm!
Play Croquet in the summer heat
Camano Island waterfront
Autumn Leaf Festival in Leavenworth
Anacortes Bier on the Pier
Extra: the holiday season…put out your outdoor Christmas lights early
Those of you age 62 and over, the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands lifetime senior pass will increase from $10 to $80 on August 27, 2017. Now is a great time to get your pass. Anytime and any amount is always beneficial to our beautiful parks and land. For more information…