If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, you’re probably just as sick of winter, gloom, rain, and clouds as I am! Spring officially started on Monday and while we’ve seen a couple teasers of blue skies, we’re still holding onto hope that there will be a day without rain. It’s been the gloomiest winter since before I was born, and it seems like everyone is feeling the effects of it, not just the Californians like me!
So in order to continue the positive attitude that spring has officially sprung, and it’s slowly teasing its way to our area, I figured I’d make a list of my favorite things about spring in the PNW!
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1. Bars and Restaurants are opening their patios again!
I don’t go to happy hour as often as I used to. I blame being 2+ years into a serious relationship and no longer working downtown. But when I do, I looooove when the bar has a garage door style front and leaves it open. The fresh air flowing through the building is so nice, and it creates an awesome transition when the sun goes down so that you aren’t suddenly freezing outside.
The typical patio is fantastic too. I used to live across the street from several bars, and one had a beer garden with life sized Jenga and other games. It was a great place to hang out with a group of friends or meet new ones.
2. The Cherry Blossoms Bloom
Washington D.C. isn’t the only Washington with cherry blossoms! I wasn’t super familiar with cherry blossoms, growing up in Southern CA and NV. When they first bloomed during my first spring in western Washington, I totally swooned. You can go to the University of Washington and see their gardens, or you can just walk around town and find them in front of people’s homes.
They’re so pretty!!
3. We Can Go Camping and Hiking Again
Last weekend we went hiking for the first time since last summer. It was so nice! I was wearing warm socks, fleece lined leggings, jeans, a tank top, a short sleeve, a long sleeve, a sweater AND gloves… but it was still really nice to be spending time outside again. I feel like we’ve been cramped inside for months. While cold camping at the end of the year isn’t my idea of a fantastic time, cold camping in the beginning of the year feels like freedom!
If you’re new to camping, check out this complete guide to your camping pack list. I wrote it after I finally got the hang of packing so it’s geared toward those of us who haven’t been outdoorsy our whole lives.
4. My Feet Aren’t Wet Every Single Day
OK, I don’t know about you guys, but I hate when my feet are wet, haaaate it! It’s even worse when the bottom of my pants are wet as well. It is the ickiest feeling to me. It still rains in the spring (and sometimes all summer too, but I’ve been lucky with most of my summers here), but it’s not as bad as the winter.
5. The 5k Options Become More Plentiful
You can participate in 5ks from December to February, but why would you? JK JK, some of you are tougher than I am and don’t mind inhaling freezing temps. I prefer more balmy weather for a race, partly because I’m so competitive that if I’m being timed, I have a harder time easing into a workout.
6. I Can Wear Dresses Without Tights
Well, on most days at least.
7. Mariners Games!!
J and I love going to Mariners games. We’ve gone to Opening Day together for the last two years, and are going to opening day on April 10th with a huge group of friends! They’re one of my favorite activities in the spring and summer, especially if we take the boat up.
OK. Now that I’ve shared my favorite things about spring in the PNW, I’m ready for the temperature to rise above 50 degrees! Let’s do this!
How are the changing seasons experienced in your area? Is there one season you love more than the other?