A few things that have helped me stay sane through the past year of life during a pandemic have been long walks, doing yoga with my daughter (check out her yoga site here) and looking back at photos of past travels. I have a few favorites from locations around the globe that I’ll be sharing over the next few weeks. Today I’ll start with my home state of Washington.
Washington became a state on November 11, 1889. We are the home of Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Nordstrom and the first ever revolving restaurant, which is located at the top of the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World’s Fair. We have the largest fleet of ferries in the country servicing some of our four hundred plus islands and the Olympic Peninsula. We have three National Parks showcasing our majestic mountains and a temperate rain forest; one of only five in the country. In addition, we have deserts, beaches, lakes, water sports, whale watching, hiking, wine tasting, museums, theater, fine dining and great brew pubs; there’s something for everyone.
Mt. Rainier as seen from an Alaska Airlines flight.
Flowers on Mt.Rainier.
The two above were taken in the Olympic National Park.
Eastern Washington is every bit as beautiful as the western side of the state. They tend to get hotter summers and more snow and colder temperatures in the winter; ideal conditions for apples (one of our biggest crops), pears and wine grapes. I spotted these clouds near Yakima a few years ago.
The Yakima River Valley.
Terra Blanca Winery has great wines and room for dining al fresco.
There are over 900 wineries with over 50,000 acres of wine grapes in eastern Washington; that’s amazing! If you want to taste some delicious wines head to Yakima, Prosser, Tri-Cities or Walla Walla.
We have a multitude of trails if you want to do some hiking.
And of course, we have gorgeous coastlines and beaches.
Another shot taken from an Alaska Airlines flight showing Seattle, Bellevue, Lake Washington and Puget Sound.
I hope this post motivates you to visit Washington State once it is safe to travel again. As always, please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.
Stay safe and healthy,