Destination: Discovery Park, Washington

Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington

As one goes north in the summer, the hue of water deepens until it becomes an opaque, sometimes cobalt blue that in winter can silently change and appear more gray than anything, and as winter is long in northern climes, the gray can last for several months.

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Destination: Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Looking at Seattle from the Bainbridge Island ferry

Seattle is no cookie cutter city. It boasts more than its fair share of specialties, including unrivaled seafood and the rise of an eclectic dining scene in recent years, plus several lakes (most notably Lake Washington and Lake Union), parks and fairly distinct neighborhoods. Consider the following quintessential activities during your trip:

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Driving Portland to Seattle

Entering Washington state via the bridge that connects Portland, OR to Vancouver, WA, two cities divided by the Columbia River

Entering Washington state via the bridge that connects Portland, OR to Vancouver, WA, two cities divided by the Columbia River

Describing Washington, my state of origin, simulates describing an ex to someone who might want to date them, in that I simultaneously warn them of the bad parts while throwing in a “but you might really like it!” and a “I hope it works out for you!” Love is subjective, is it not?

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