I kept hearing about this prized gem called “The Perfect Summer” in Seattle. Bright blue, sun-filled skies. Sparkling lakes. Fresh, pine-scented air. Extra-long days of 80+ degree weather. Not a North Face fleece or puffer vest in sight (well, almost). For over five years and more rain drops and teaser days than I care to count, I began to wonder if this folkloric treasure had set sail for good. Until this year. Oh, how I’ve (literally) seen the light, without a smog alert in sight, and dang has it been GOOD. Rediscovering summer joys….ahhh.
Here’s a snapshot of some favorite nuggets so far:
- Moving to Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood, checking out the annual Greenwood Car Show nearby (learning it’s the largest in WA – who knew?) and thinking that I may need to own a ’57 Corvette at some point in my life.
- Playing in the dirt, creating a new Garden of Chill at the Weber Lake House.
- Launching an awesome birthday boat trip in Victoria, BC Harbor (or, Harbour in this case) and discovering locally-made Island Farms Chocolate Mocha Caramel ice cream (with hot fudge, of course). Seriously day-trip-worthy, go get some.
- Boating north to Salt Spring Island and exploring the Ganges’ Saturday Market, landing some beautiful Anne Buckley pillows (firstname.lastname@example.org for custom orders) and a silver bangle from silversmith Terence Warbey (www.saltspringsilver.com).
- Watching our dog, Romeo, guarding our former (but still favorite) neighbor, Max, in the new ‘hood’s wading pool.
- Scoring lightweight trainers at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – you know, since they’ll help me walk faster around the lake. At the very least the neon laces will keep me from getting lost in the Seattle grey come winter.