Western Washington: The Things We Take for Granted


Photo by: David M. Williams

Hopefully all of you had a productive day today. To be completely honest, I really didn’t. It was one of those lazy “do nothing” days and I really enjoyed it actually! It’s good to have those days every once in a while 🙂

Yesterday when I was driving home from work I began to notice something that I see everyday, but took very little notice of, for some reason, until yesterday. What was it you ask? A high volume of road kill. For heavens sake, you would THINK those possums and raccoons would learn. But no. They continue to step out into the road only to get mangled by oncoming traffic. But that wasn’t the ONLY thing I took notice of. What else, you ask?

The trees! In late June my family and I went to Wyoming as we do every year to visit family. I loved every minute of the trip, but something about Washington made me miss home while I was in Wyoming. It wasn’t enough to ruin my trip, but every once in a while I would think about home and the things that made it great. One of those things was in fact the trees.

I drive from Silverdale to Port Orchard most days and then back so I get to see A LOT of big, green trees on my way there. And you know what? I really love them. I’m no tree hugger by any means at all (puppies and bunnies are great little balls of fluff to hug, but trees?) but I love the fact that we are in abundance of them.

Trees make the air fresh, the hiking trips bearable and the scenery breathtaking, especially in the fall.

What are some things you love about this state or, more specifically, Kitsap County? Feel free to share!

The forecast for the next 7 days looks pretty much the same as what was forecasted earlier today: mostly cloudy tomorrow, partly sunny Sunday and mostly cloudy with a good chance of rain Monday through Wednesday. It looks like Wednesday will be the wettest day with steady, light rain spreading throughout the area. That will feel weird! It’s been a few months since we’ve seen steady rain around here!

And then we gradually improve for later next week into the weekend. Highs will be quite cool, though. Only in the upper 60s to low 70s.

Before I go, just thought I’d mention: I’m helping pour cement for one of my bosses tomorrow and earlier this week at work he asked me what the weather was going to be like this weekend because that would depend on whether he does the cement or not. Talk about pressure! I really hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow or I’m in BIGGGG trouble! 😉

Have a fantastic weekend!!

Matthew Leach

Forecasting Kitsap




20 thoughts on “Western Washington: The Things We Take for Granted

  1. I too, love seeing trees around. Traveling to other places, even in our own state, reminds me of how lucky I am to live in such a nice area. Our weather is mild and our environmet is pristine (at least for the most part.)
    The other part of Western Washington life I love is how the people really embrace their quirks. Where else can you find a man who wears socks and sandals not just accepted, respected? Living here is a blessing.

  2. Thank you for sharing, Tyler! I agree with everything you said. Especially the part about socks and sandals 🙂 This place truly is magnificent and unique.

  3. Where did you take this lovely photo? Good job enjoying life! Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. We are blessed with beauty in this part of the country. I enjoy the trees but my favorite things are the different beautiful bodies of water peaking through the trees. When i’m having a bad day I like to get in the car and drive around just enjoying all the beautiful sites.

  5. I appreciate the water. Snow in the winter and rain in the spring. The snow sticks around on the higher peaks all through the year. This is one of the few places on earth where you can snow ski and water ski in the same day within a couple hours driving distance.

  6. I lived for some time as a young adult in Boulder Colorado. The views from the Flatirons out to the prairie were stunning, the skiing was marvelous, and the people were very outgoing and friendly. In springtime in Boulder it’s like there’s perfume in the air.

    It took all of two weeks to start jonesing for trees and lakes and seashore though. All the time I was there I couldn’t get the lack of vegetation and blue water out of my mind and heart.

    The fragrance of a walk through the woods just after a gentle rain, the sound of surf along the coast, and the frequent views of eagles soaring along the treetops touch my heart and heal me.

    Western Washington is truly a wonderful piece of the Earth. I’m glad that I returned.

  7. There is no place like home… and I learned that in southern California when the warm sunny days, day after day of warm sunshine became stale and boring. The Santa Anna winds blew sand everywhere, even under the doorways and made me yearn for the trees at home.
    For the first time I missed the rain and the way it washed everything clean and made the air sparkle with life and fresh energy. I missed the way raindrops clung to the doug firs and dripped from the branches and the way Rhodie leaves glistened after a rainfall…
    ..the trees and rainfall spell H O M E.

  8. You guys are awesome! Thanks for sharing your thoughts concerning this beautiful state. It’s comforting to know I’m not alone! 🙂

  9. After a recent trip to S. Texas,, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Cristi, I couldn’t wait to get back to good ole Kitsap County. I missed the Puget Sound, Hood Canal, the gorgous views of the Olympic’s and Cascades, the rain, even though we havn’t seen alot of it lately… My friend who now lives down there misses all of the above and moved there to get-away from what she called \small-town mentality\ but now living down south she even missses that. I’ve lived in this county most of my 49 years, mostly on the North end of Kitsap County and wouldn’t wanna live anywhere else!!

  10. I have lived here on the west side of the Puget Sound all my life. Spent 14 weeks in San Diego for work one year and another 5 weeks in Newport News, VA. I have traveled to Europe, Mexico, Japan, Canada and the Carribean, and still would not want to live anywhere else. When I drive to work in the morning on clear days I can see the mighty Olympic mountains to the West and Mt Baker way up north. When I come home from the central or north end of Kitsap, or take a drive on the Lake Flora Rd to Port Orchard, Mt Rainier looks like it’s close enough to touch. Salt water, fresh water, snow covered peaks and green green hills. It’s God’s country for sure!

    I have scolded Rocky Raccoon many times for not looking before he crosses the road. Unfortunately for him, it’s usually too late.

    Keep breathing that fresh Puget Sound air and Keep Washington Green.
    There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home…there’s no place like Home, WA.

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