I’m looking for summer. Have you seen it? The stone in this picture may be resolved to accept the rain; however, I am not. “Then why do you live in Western Washington?”, you ask. For starters, the initial decision was made some twenty-five years ago with promises and assumptions that never came to fruition. Meanwhile, the four most important people in my life, who all call me “Mom”, live here and will not be moving anytime soon. Thus, I have become one who tries my best to see the brightness in my world regardless of the color of the sky or its omnipresent precipitation.
In Olympia, we officially celebrate Summer Solstice on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 9:24pm. It will be the longest day of the year – the sun rising around 5am and burning above us until well after 9pm. While the sun’s presence we can count on, its elusiveness here in the PNW means we do not always see it with the naked eye. Experience has taught me that planning around the forecast causes me to ride an emotional roller-coaster of anticipation, then excitement followed by inevitable disappointment. However, I’m going out on the proverbial limb here and letting you know that it does appear we will have temperatures in the 80’s on Monday which lower slightly into the 70’s Tuesday. Both days are showing sunshine emoticons trying their best to emerge past those stubborn clouds.
Check first, but if the weather gods decide to have favor on us Olympians, consider some outdoor dining at the beginning of your week. Have a backyard BBQ with your friends and neighbors or visit one of our waterfront dining favorites which also has the option of outdoor seating. Anthony’s Hearthfire Grill, Budd Bay Cafe, Anthony’s Homeport, or Tugboat Annie’s are some good options. Our gorgeous waterfront, framed by a snow-capped mountainous backdrop, makes Olympia one of the most beautiful places to live, despite the rain. Maybe we should, like the stone, choose to accept the rain – acknowledging its sustenance which allows nature to thrive. But thank goodness, the earth cannot live by water alone.
Sun… we have missed you.