My Beautiful Pacific Northwest

I was born and raised in Seattle.  I have lived all but 2-1/2 years in the Seattle area.  We have the world’s best climate.  Temperate with a Capital T.  No scorching hot summers or frigid winters.  The Seattle area has the highest concentration of dentists in the US.  Why? The University of Washington has a world-class dental school, which attracts students from all over the world.  And when they are done with their schooling, they don’t want to leave the Pacific Northwest, so they set up shop here.  Within a square mile of my house, there must be 50 dentists’ offices.

The Pacific Northwest has such a variety of terrain, there is something for just about anyone.  There are three National Parks within a two-hour drive of anywhere (Olympic, Mount Rainier, North Cascades), and dozens of state parks.  The Cascade and Olympic Mountains offer skiing and other winter sports.  Puget Sound and Lakes Washington and Sammamish offer room for boating, water-skiing, and whatever else you do on the water.  There are lakes in Eastern Washington, too, famous for fishing (Lake Wenatchee, Pearrygin Lake).  Our rivers offer fly-fishing and river-rafting opportunities for much of the year.

Due to the mild climate, we don’t have much in the way of dangerous wildlife.  No poisonous snakes, no killer bees.  There is an abundance of bird life, and bald eagle sightings are frequent.  The Audubon Society has many active chapters all over the Pacific Northwest.  We have excellent wildlife sanctuaries where you can observe the birds and animals.

Herewith, a taste of my Beautiful Pacific Northwest.

From the Mountains

Cascade Mountains
Cascade Mountains, WA

 

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Mount Rainier
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North Cascades
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Liberty Bell Mountain
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North Cascades
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Olympic Mountains across Puget Sound

To the Prairies:

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Winding Road-Eastern Washington State
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Dust devil, wheat field in Eastern Washington

To the Rivers:

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Yakima River
Wenatchee River
Wenatchee River, west of Leavenworth, WA, looking East
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Skagit River near Marblemount
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Deschutes River, Tumwater Falls Park
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The Mighty Columbia behind Grand Coulee Dam

To the Oceans:

Meadowdale Beach Park
Meadowdale Beach Park, on Puget Sound
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Strait of Juan de Fuca-Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge
Deception Pass, looking East of Deception Pass Bridge
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San Juan Islands

And…My Own Back Yard

Backyard May, 2013
Backyard, May 11, 2013, with rhododendron in full bloom

Welcome to my Beautiful Pacific Northwest

 

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