Ballard Locks, Seattle, WA

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Playing in the dirt, creating a new Garden of Chill at the Weber Lake House.
  3. 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.
  4. Boating north to Salt Spring Island and exploring the Ganges’ Saturday Market, landing some beautiful Anne Buckley pillows ( for custom orders) and a silver bangle from silversmith Terence Warbey (
  5. Watching our dog, Romeo, guarding our former (but still favorite) neighbor, Max, in the new ‘hood’s wading pool.
  6. 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.

Hidden Treasure

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