Dorothy: “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.”
How true for so many of us. Don’t put down the place we call home.. it’s a losing argument. We all feel passionate about where we choose to live, maybe it’s where we grew up or maybe it’s the place we always wanted to live and now we’ve made our dreams reality. Well I don’t have to click my heels and wish to go home, I’m right where I want to be. Why do I call the PNW my home sweet home? It might be the memories of Autumn years past where the colors of yellow and red leave a warmth the green fir so desperately needs as the nights grow cold. It could be the seasons of snow leaving a white blanket across everything it touches, creating a cleanliness and quieting every breathing creature. The sound of pouring rain while under the porch, wrapped in a King sized quilt, drinking hot tea… imagine closing your eyes and your mind empties its thoughts, one by one, allowing them to slowly wash away… down the pavement.
The Northwest is my home, and I plan to tell everyone about why I choose to live here.
We all associate Washington and Oregon with tall, green fir trees, a bit of rain and maybe some hot coffee. Please don’t forget the coffee. And while these are identifying trademarks of our states, we are so much more.
The PNW allows everyone their niche, if you prefer the desert climate with golden rolling hills and extreme seasons then you’ll find home East of the Cascades. If you enjoy being holed up in the snowy mountains (snow boarding fans!) the Cascade Mountain Range has just the town! Prefer the flat lands with acres of crops as far as the eye can see? Check out Palouse, name taken from the familiar French word pelouse, meaning “land with short and thick grass” or “lawn.”
From harbor towns to big cities, down to living with a view of the mountains to your south and a view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca to your North… getting the picture? You just can’t lose. Live in a sky scraper apartment, tree house, or a house boat, whatever your fancy making the Northwest YOUR home sweet home.
Just want to visit on vacation or take a road trip through the highlights and then travel back to your home of choice? Please make it a top priority to experience the treasures you can find, from Seattle to Portland and everything in between, you will not be disappointed.
Do you have a love of the outdoors? Have items on your bucket list such as alpine lake fishing, hunting, snowboarding, white water rafting, deep-sea fishing, clam digging, backpacking, day hiking, tent camping, mountain climbing, or zip lining? The Northwest has so many opportunities to truly experience what it means to live freely, enjoying the natural beauty around us.
I enjoy every inch of the PNW so although I can only live in one physical location, our weekend getaways, hiking trips, date nights, road trips and shopping days include all of the sights and experiences this area has to offer.
I plan on writing about them all. Stay tuned on why these cities are a “must see”.
Next Article: A trip into the beautiful, quaint town of Gig Harbor, Washington.