|Cliff jumping at Little Naches|
|Hiking at Crystal Mountain|
|Pouting at Sun Lakes|
I think the summer season in western Washington should officially be changed to August 1-September 30.
The period of time encompassed by these dates is #13 of my 20 Great Things in 2011.
The reward for Washingtonians who endure months of gray and rain is August and September. There is nowhere in the world I would rather be than right here during those 2 months. The weather is beautiful, the landscape is amazing, and life is good. As if friends and family don't complain enough that I'm difficult to get in touch with at other times, the sunshine that lures me outside every waking hour of the day (and sometimes the nighttime ones too) means that they can just give up on my public existence during this time. I'm not indoors to answer the home phone, and it's almost certain that I've misplaced my cell somewhere outside and will not find it in time to take a call either.
Maybe I do it on purpose. Okay, I guess I'm admitting it. Human contact during the summer means the other party involved may want to go indoors, and dang, then I'd have to go with them. I don't think there's a reason good enough to be inside when the sun is out. When you live in a place best described as "soggy" for months out of the year, how could you want anything but to be soaking up every possible ray of sunshine while it's out?
It's not like I only go outside when its sunny. If that was the case, I wouldn't leave the house much living in this area. I run and hike in the wind, rain, ice, and snow. I chase cows in the pouring down rain. I stomp through mud puddles in my flip flops and don't bother to carry an umbrella or wear a hood when the sideways rain is pelting me in the face. Yup, I'm a true native of the Evergreen State. I don't necessarily like all of those things, but they're worth it just to spend my summer months enjoying the sun and hiding from people. :)
I guess the summer months do take a toll on the parts of my life that are done indoors. Things like cooking, paperwork & cleaning get put on hold. When the rain finally starts, I've got some serious catching up to do. I suppose if I lived in a place where it was sunny all the time, my indoor responsibilities would be relinquished. I have a pretty good feeling that's why God chose to put me right here.
So next August, when you're trying to contact me, and it just isn't working out, make a note to try back again on October 1st. I'll be available then.