Archive for the ‘Sequim’ tag
Tomorrow we’re going to the Sequim Irrigation Festival Parade. I’m not sure what to expect, but I’ve got my camera and my sunscreen. That should be enough for me to enjoy the day. Here’s the Sequim Gazette’s article on it.
The parade is one of the things I like about Sequim. There’s a lot of small town still left here.
Ten things I love about Sequim
1. Helen’s House: Sequim is a great place to visit. It is made better for me because of Karen’s Aunt Helen. Her house is warm and inviting. Part of it is her hospitality. Part of it is her home’s country charm. The biggest factor must be the interesting and genuine conversations that we have. I’ve always just been myself and have the suspicion that everyone else is as well.
2. The weather: Sequim is a bit cooler than our town of Forest Grove. It has milder weather than some of western Washington due to it’s proximity to the Olympic mountain range (or so I’ve been told). It does seem to rain less here though.
3. The pace: Life in Sequim is not nearly as rushed as I’m used to. People drive slower. They take time to say hello. They seem to know their neighbors. It’s a nice place to relax. The people in Sequim help with that by being relaxed themselves.
4. The Olympic Mountains: The mountains are beautiful and loom large everywhere in Sequim. It feels like a little city set in the shadow of a huge mountain range. For me, seeing the Olympic mountains so prominently creates a certain fantasy. Maybe it’s a rocky mountain thing, or maybe it just feels familiar (it reminds me of the mountains outside of my childhood home in Ventura County).
5. Olympic Game Farm: This is an awesome place to visit. They have bison, bears, elk, tigers, wolves, rabbits, ground hogs, and bunches of other animals. You drive through the park and can feed some of the animals as you drive around. We’ve been many times, and all I can say is don’t visit Sequim without see this place.
6. Counting Deer: There are countless deer that make their home in our around Sequim. Many evenings, we go out and count the deer. Our best evening is 42. We just drive around the country roads, the neighborhoods, and the town. We always see some deer. I have never been to a place like this.
7. Proximity to Neah Bay & Port Angeles: Port Angeles is not such a great place to visit, but there are a couple of things I like about it. First, it’s where the ferry takes you to Victoria. Second, it’s where I drove the boat onto the top level of a Dairy Queen parking structure and almost couldn’t get it back down. I had to drive on the sidewalk, but I made it. Neah Bay is the best fishing spot in the world as far as I am concerned. Sequim is less than 2 hours away.
8. Memories of Len: Karen’s Uncle Len will always have a special place in my heart. He was my friend. We spent many hours fishing and hunting in Sequim, Port Angeles, Forks, and Neah Bay. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was genuinely interested in the people he interacted with. Sequim reminds me of Len. It probably always will. I miss him.
9. The Elk: Sequim has it’s own herd of elk. Helen can usually find them. When she has trouble, we ask the mail man (or woman), who usually knows where they are. I hear they are relocating the elk, which is a shame. They are one of the unique attractions of Sequim.
10. Garage Sales: The absolute best garage sales I have ever been to are in Sequim. The people that live here simply have better junk than the rest of the world. I don’t know why, but it’s true. I’ve gotten some good stuff at Sequim Garage sales.