We’ve lived in Florida about 6 months now. While we like it here in the Pensacola area, we miss Washington! There’s no place like home. Today, I’m posting my first “Top 10 Tuesday” which I’ll do every first Tuesday of the month. As an Ode to Washington, I’m posting the Top 10 things I miss most!
10. The Mountains – Oh how we miss the mountains! The Cascades. The Olympics. The breathtaking, magnificent views are unparalleled, you have to remember to pick up your jaw when you see these sights in person, and each time you see them it’s like seeing them for the first time. The mountains surrounded us, almost serving as our daily reminder to come outside, explore something new, take in God’s beauty. I don’t just miss the beauty of the mountains but the feeling of being with nature: bliss, calmness, peace.
Cascade Mountains. I had to steal an image from the web because I don’t own a fancy camera, but even the best camera ever couldn’t do these views justice.
The Olympics. I mean…even if you don’t hike or backpack, you can appreciate the beauty they possess.
9. Coffee – You haven’t seen a caffeine addiction like that of a Washingtonian’s. In the small town of Oak Harbor where we lived, there were 4 coffee houses and about 6 coffee stands, this is all within a 5-mile radius. There’s literally a coffee stand on every corner, and that’s just in my small town. If any of my Washington friends want to send me some coffee, here are my faves:
8. Sweater Weather – You can wear a sweater 365 days a year in Washington, even in the middle of summer you may feel a cool breeze, especially if you live by the water. Sweater weather is my favorite weather! Layers, scarves, boots, I’m all about it!
7. Misty Rain – Since we’re on the topic of weather, I even miss the misty kind of rain we got in Washington. I love the rain, there’s just something about its cleansing and soothing effect that makes me feel relaxed and comfortable. When people here ask if we left Washington because of the rain, I have to laugh because Florida probably gets more rainfall (in inches) than Washington. In the Pacific Northwest, we got a misty drizzle, drip type of rain, yes it would fall all day, but I could still do stuff: run errands, run or hike, because as they say “If you wait for perfect weather to do something, you won’t do anything!” I never had to use an umbrella in Washington, now I have an umbrella in my car because down here, we get what Forrest Gump calls “big ol’ fat rain!” Case in point:
6. Outdoor Activities – Backpacking, Camping, Hiking. There’s so much to do in Washington, and this is where my husband and I truly discovered our inner “outdoorsmen.” Washington’s Hiking trails are some of the best in the country, I could probably search everywhere and not find trails that compare to the ones in Snoqualmie or Olympic National Park. I miss them so much!
L-R: Mt. Pilchuck, Goat Lake, Fort Casey, Big Four Ice Caves.
5. Washington Craft Beers – I don’t drink so this actually for my husband. There’s over 200 craft breweries in Washington, a haven for a beer enthusiast.
4. The Greenery – They don’t call it the Evergreen State for nothing. See #1 and #5, you get the picture(s)! Okay, here’s one more…
3. Nature – Clean air, bald eagles soaring overhead while I’m on a run, deer crossing the street in my old neighborhood. Washington isn’t just a state with wondrous natural beauty, but it’s a state where people have a reverence for nature and preserving the planet. Recycling bins everywhere, bans on plastic bags, I’m down!
2. Pet Friendliness – Sadly, pets aren’t welcome everywhere like they are in Washington. We used to take Junior everywhere we went: public parks, the beach, dog parks, hiking trails, camping. Now we have to make sure he’s even welcome 😦
1. Deception Pass Bridge – Every time we drove off the island, my husband and I would joke about how people come from everywhere to see the bridge, take selfies and pictures. There are people on this bridge every. single. day! Rain or shine, it’s really quite an attraction. Every time we come back from a trip, or from living somewhere else, when we get to the bridge, we immediately announce… “we’re home!” There’s just something about this bridge that is familiar, and it always feels like it’s welcoming us home 🙂