|Can you see the mountains in the distance?|
Here are some of the uniquely wonderful things I have discovered about living west of the Puget Sound.
1. Wearing things from Patagonia and REI and carrying a backpack wherever I go are everyday occurrences.
|They are practically domesticated.|
4. There are always views of mountains wherever I go whether it is the Cascades, the Olympics, Mt. Baker or Mt. Rainier.
5. Pine forest goes right up to the ocean, and it's stunning.
6. There is a ferry just 30 minutes away that goes to Canada.
7. The women don't wear makeup, and sometimes they have a bit of tree in their hair. I haven't determined yet if it's an intentional fashion choice or not.
8. The lifestyle is laid back but in a productive way, and people smile because it's a great place to live.
9. People are seriously into the outdoors at every age. I could get smoked by an old guy on a bike here any day.
10. Nature! I never considered myself to be an outdoorsy kind of girl, but it's hard not to when you are surrounded with some of the most picturesque vistas in the country. Hiking is everywhere: up a mountain, around a lake, past a lagoon, to the beach- there are so many places to go.
Bonus: an abundant selection of local craft beer. I can think of two places in my tiny little town alone who brew their own, and it's delicious.
|Ferry terminal with the Cascade Mountains in the background.|