Outside

Photo Walk, Seattle

It’s been a hot summer for Seattle with temperatures hovering between 80-90F (26-32C) these past couple of months. The days have been cloudless with little breeze. I’ve never seen so much skin and sweaty people outside of a gym or a beach outside of this state. I’ve grown to love sun and maxi dresses. And though we can adapt, and we are thankful for the extra Vitamin D, for some Pacific Northwesterners who thrive best between Autumn and Spring, the sun’s unrelenting shine has gotten the best of us.

Minus a few years after college, I’ve lived here since the early 90s, and I don’t remember having to dodge the sun so much in a summer. It was a big deal that we bought an air conditioner for our bedroom. Until this year, we were able to manage with an electric fan. I do what I can to keep the sun out by drawing my blinds by 2:00 p.m.  Because our living room and dining/kitchen area face west, the apartment heats up quick and we just bake until sunset, which isn’t until 8:00-9:00 p.m. these days.

I know. I know. I’m totally whining. Another negative side effect of being warm all day long. So, to prove I’ve been outside and enjoyed it, here are a few photos I took while driving my bro-in-law to some other neighborhoods he hasn’t yet explored. Below are scenes from Leschi, the East Portal Viewpoint, and Jefferson Park.

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Time to to unwind

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For a Monday evening, it’s been pretty lavish and relaxing.  A and I had leftover pancit palabok from my birthday dinner at my parents house yesterday.  We then took a walk to the Locks where we watched boats pass by and big Blue Heron perched themselves on trees that sit on the river.  A played “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green on his phone and we danced to the whole song.  The afternoon was warm enough to take our time with our steps back home where we set some lounging chairs out on the balcony, poured a couple glasses of wine, and read books.  I stopped reading when the sun finally set so far down I couldn’t see the pages anymore.

Tomorrow is another day.  I hope it ends as well as today did.