In the summer, the sunshine beckons me to the mountains. I feel good every day and and have dozens of ideas of what we can do for outdoor adventures.
We have gotten almost 7 inches of rain so far in November (Update: the 40 inches previously quoted was for the YEAR). At best it has been gray and clear and at worst it has been dumping rain in almost blackness for 24 hours straight! That really bums me out. I get tired of sitting in the house but I can’t think of anything I would rather do but snuggle up in a blankie with some ice cream on days like that.
When the “dark season” starts I have to re adjust my thinking. I feel less motivated to do things and I spend a few weeks resisting the change and misguidedly “waiting” for the weather to get better. Then, at some point, a switch goes off and the old Northwest adage comes back: “If you wait for it to stop raining to go outside, you never will”. My urge to get outside takes over and I am forced to get creative.
When it is raining in Seattle it is usually falling as snow in the mountains. Snow is cold but DRY…..and it’s being wet that we all dislike most. Also, most of the time it is raining in Western Washington, it is dry and sunny over the mountains on the eastern side of the state. On days when we don’t have all day, I vigilantly watch out the window for a break in the rain so sneak outside for our walk or look for dog-friendly things we can do around the City….so we can stay DRY. Sense a theme? ha, ha.
It takes a month or so for me to adjust but after I do we end up going on just as many adventures in the winter as we do in the summer. Just last week I bundled Chester and Gretel up in their Dachshund jackets and headed for one of our favorite winter mountain hikes – Source Lake. I have a couple of friends east of the mountains I have been wanting to visit so soon the rain will send us over there for another desert adventure. I found this place in the City called K9 Fun Zone that has weekly playtime where small dogies can play indoors we want to try. I also found out a cool bar up the street from us is dog-friendly and have plan to go there with a friend in a couple of weeks.
So, once my attitude adjusts with the weather, I learn to look forward to our winter activities. Bring on the adventures