I live in Olympia, WA and commute to Puyallup, which is about 30 miles away. I've been riding recreationally for years, but have just started parking my car at a park-and-ride lot and biking the last 7 miles to and from work. There's one spot on my ride where there's a great view of Mt. Ranier, and that's pretty cool.
I'm riding a five-year old Giant Cypress DX, but am looking into something with lighter with discs for better stops in wet weather.