I arrived on May 27th and returned home on June 9th.
I have never seen so much water in my life. I spent a week in Spokane with my son and family. We made a day trip to lake coeur d'alene. Sun was out and the landscape was beautiful. We were hiking a 2 mile trek near the lake when I took a fall and left part of the skin on my elbow in Idaho on the trail. Thank goodness we had a 1 1/2 year old toddler with us. Plenty of baby wipes. They work wonders on a bleeding elbow. Probably 10 minutes into the 2 hour hike but I made it to the end. I do know I got oxygen into the bottom of my lungs where it had not been for years. The wild flowers were exquisite.
Spent 6 days in Spokane and could not believe all the water and rain. Spokane
River was absolutely roaring through downtown. But being from Las Vegas I loved the rain and there was plenty of it. Then I lurked through a few nurseries seeing what they had that I could not get in Vegas. I came home with several plants stashed in an extra suitcase.
I then flew to Seattle and took the Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver, WA. Sat in business class and it was like fist class on an airplane. Saw many beautiful sites and again, MORE WATER. Water everywhere.
On arrival in Vancouver, more rain. But daughter's garden needed major attention and I could not do it because of hurting my shoulder when I fell. But it did not stop me from touring nurseries and buying plants for her window boxes and then instructing while she gardened. Took a tour of commercial iris gardens in Salem area one full day. I loved the rodies, azaleas, hydrangeas and Japanese maples. None of them grow here.
You also have that devil grass "Rye Grass". I am so glad we do not have that.
Everyone was very friendly and I got my fill of crab meat and other sea food.
We do not travel much and our son just moved to Spokane a year ago. But DH said maybe again in 5 years. He thought 2 weeks was to long to be away.
Thanks for letting the desert rats visit your area. I loved it. Sharon
One set of children want us to move there. I love our warm winters. I would have to re-learn how to garden. To old for that. To hear them, DH and I are both ready for the assisted living home. I am getting a private nurse for us, not assisted living. Or no assisted living until the money runs out. LOL.