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Old 02-16-16, 12:30 AM
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The amount of rain in the NW!

Anyone else wishing to move to the Southwest after the horrible rainy season still going on? 50% more rain than normal since Oct.1.
I was in New Mexico last month. So easy to keep my shoes, car clean everywhere was not full of mud, leaves and garbage everywhere. I'm in Seattle the homeless ( not looking down on them) have left garbage everywhere in Sodo, Airport Way, by the stadiums, side of freeways. IMO Seattle is one big dirty city, rather ugly to tell you the truth.
I was thinking moving to Albuquerque later in life to get away from another rainy season. This past winter I had to buy one of those Sun lamps to get thru the dreary days.

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It hasn't seemed like a particularly wet winter in the Willamette Valley. The last few have been a bit on the dry side, so I guess that would make this one seem rainier by comparison. Personally, I love riding in the rain.
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I moved to Mercer Island from Santa Clara this past summer. I don't know if my perception is correct, but it seems a lot of the heaviest rain is occurring during sleeping hours. Seeing a lot of road bikes with fenders has been a bit of a culture shock for me however. I'd say this time of year you really appreciate a sunny and dry day (or afternoon) and try to make the best of it. In California you pretty much expect that to be the norm. However, in CA I always avoided doing weight work and calisthenics which I'm now doing more of. I think there will still be plenty of opportunities to ride in dry and pleasant weather later in the year.
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Up north here it is seeming no worse than normal, excluding the last two fantastic winners.

I haven't listened to much news about this winter's weather, but lately they always want to put a spin on the weather so that it's a sky is falling situation. For example this polar vortex back east is the second in a row. When I was growing up I always remembered a cold snap in mid February, now it's all immeninte doom every season and no one should ever leave home without sunshine, dressed to avoid high UV indices of course.
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Old 02-16-16, 10:31 AM
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There are wet days, and there are dry days. The thing about the southwest is there's no water, and there's no life because of it. I'm willing to put up with some rain to have trees, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, islands, and lakes to swim in.

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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
There are wet days, and there are dry days. The thing about the southwest is there's no water, and there's no life because of it. I'm willing to put up with some rain to have trees, rivers, waterfalls, glaciers, islands, and lakes to swim in.

Amen. Lived in Phoenix for year. Enough heat for a lifetime. Saguaros are only pretty for so long.
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Old 02-16-16, 02:20 PM
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It's not called the Evergreen State for the lack of rain! I'm okay putting up with the rain to enjoy our lush forest we have here in the Northwest.

With that said, many other cities in the US average more rain per year than Seattle. St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, NYC and Philadelphia to name a few.

Maths biggest difference is that when it rains in those cities it downpours so they average less rainy days per year but higher rain totals overall.
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Old 02-16-16, 03:33 PM
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Can I post more pics? Why the hell not, right?

Here are some pics of what our rainy days pay for compared to living in the Southwest. (East of the Cascades is pretty desert-like though.) All of these are from Washington state, none of them far enough to be inaccessible from Seattle.

















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Sigh, makes me want to relocate. Nice pics!
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@Seattle Forrest. Those are some stunning photos.
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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
It hasn't seemed like a particularly wet winter in the Willamette Valley. The last few have been a bit on the dry side, so I guess that would make this one seem rainier by comparison. Personally, I love riding in the rain.
I don't love it yet (I've only been on this side of the Cascades for about 44 years) but last week I got off the bus early and headed 14 miles home from Monmouth over a couple of big ridges, and rode through a down pour almost all the way. And didn't hate it. I think I can even say I didn't mind. So that's some progress for me.
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Old 02-16-16, 07:39 PM
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Originally Posted by jonpear6 View Post
Amen. Lived in Phoenix for year. Enough heat for a lifetime. Saguaros are only pretty for so long.
Well New Mexico is better than AZ. 4 seasons everywhere. Just kind of a really long drive from ABQ to another major city.
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Old 02-17-16, 11:36 AM
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At least you have rain this winter. Would not know down here. We leave the NorthWet in the fall, hopefully before the rain starts blowing sideways to winter in SoCal (drought). Summer 2015 in the NorthWet was drought and fires. Hot.

This winter we are told to fear the Super El Nino with storms and floods and slides and such. We have been dry the last 17 days. Might be some rain tonight.
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Old 02-17-16, 11:46 AM
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Originally Posted by jonpear6 View Post
Amen. Lived in Phoenix for year. Enough heat for a lifetime. Saguaros are only pretty for so long.
Amen #2 . Southern Nevada for 4 years, keep me on the left coast. The high desert has it's beauty, but there are more shades of green than brown - so I prefer the PNW, even when it's grey.

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Old 02-17-16, 11:52 AM
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This winter I haven't minded more rain as we needed it.
But the grey and wet days do seem to have been more consistent. The fendered bike needs a complete overhaul.
With above average snow in the mountains, I'm ready for Spring.

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Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
It hasn't seemed like a particularly wet winter in the Willamette Valley. The last few have been a bit on the dry side, so I guess that would make this one seem rainier by comparison. Personally, I love riding in the rain.
yes I agree,seems like A mild winter for around the Willamette Valley.And I do not mind the rain to much,it is just the lack of sunshine.So talk with the family about moving to A little drier climate.
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Old 02-17-16, 04:32 PM
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Thanks Forrest for the reminder of how lovely the PacNW can be! Granted I think most of those pics are in summer, there are days in the winter where it can be lovely too. I do agree this year there seems to be more gray cloudy days but overall not too bad in terms of precipitation depending on location. I'm hoping we can some early spring as I've been able to enjoy all the outdoor activities from road/mtn biking, hiking, and even times of motorcycling too. Yea I'm a sucker for anything on two wheels be it pedal or motor, but it helps scouting new areas as well as gauging where I want to go for both pedal and motor routes.
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Old 02-17-16, 05:11 PM
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I have a set of nice handlebars being put on my bike right now. They should be more comfortable than what I have, with cork tape too. And it's raining. Brand new bike and I'm not ready to take it out in the slop yet. So maybe I'll get to find out if I like my new bars some time next month. The real kicker is I dropped the bike off on my way home yesterday, when it was dry and I could have enjoyed it.
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Man your photos are just killer SF. They never disappoint.

I'll add a few of my own because they take my mind off the fact that it's still winter get me all excited for summer. All are from mountain bike rides east of the Cascades. It's not quite as green as the west side but it's not bad...













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Originally Posted by jazzyrider View Post
Thanks Forrest for the reminder of how lovely the PacNW can be! Granted I think most of those pics are in summer, there are days in the winter where it can be lovely too.
Guilty as charged. Truth is the constant gray has been getting me down a little, and the "it's not raining right now but it could start any minute so do I really want to go start a ride and get dumped on" is getting old. When it gets to be too much, I remind myself that all this rain is paying for the lush forests and meadows I love. Let me see what I can do for you.

Mt Shuksan from Artist Point


Larches near Washington Pass (ok so this one was fall, not winter)


Sun Mountain, Winthrop


South Fork Snoqualmie River (Franklin Falls trail)


Gold Creek Pond


Mt Shuksan


Snoqualmie Pass from Denny Creek
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Originally Posted by woodway View Post
Man your photos are just killer SF. They never disappoint.

I'll add a few of my own because they take my mind off the fact that it's still winter get me all excited for summer. All are from mountain bike rides east of the Cascades. It's not quite as green as the west side but it's not bad...
Thanks!

I prefer the east side of the Cascades. Beth and I have been talking about getting a house in the Chumstick or in one of several other places, like spots in/around the Methow. So much wonderful to choose from. But your side is teeming with life and beauty, you get better weather, and it's a little more open. You get to look out at these lush forests, I feel like there's more wildlife, and the flower meadows...

What bike are you riding? Is that third pic from the Beverly Creek trail by any chance? Last one I think I recognize from you talking about Angels Staircase?
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I love this thread - thanks @SF and @woodway. Makes me appreciate how lucky we are to live here. I agree its been depressing lately and this thread reminds why I enjoy the outdoors here. I just bought an updated full suspension mtb and love those views. What trails are those on the eastside?

Maybe we should start (if there isn't one already) of PacNW pic thread?! I've been MIA last year or two on this forum, so trying to catchup.

*Just saw the pic thread is pinned at the top of the forum...my bad. Last update tho is back in December.

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I remind myself that rainy winters typically equate to lush green Springs & Summers. (please don't sent summer photos of dry brown...). I'm speaking in generalities.
@jazzyrider - are you a native of the PNW? Just curious.
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Western side of the Coast range is wetter than the Willamette valley behind it ,
and Behind the Cascades the land is even Drier.

Im 7 miles from the Ocean and 2 blocks from the Columbia River.


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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
What bike are you riding? Is that third pic from the Beverly Creek trail by any chance? Last one I think I recognize from you talking about Angels Staircase?
I live in the Seattle area but also love the east side. My wife and I have land just outside of Cle Elum that we plan to build on when I'm ready to hang up my cleats.

The bike in the pics is a Santa Cruz Blur LTc. It's about six years old and I've been considering upgrading to a new 27.5 bike, but this bike and I have been together through many adventures and I cannot seem to bring myself to part with it.

The pics are:

1. Iron Bear trail on the way to Miller Peak
2. Devils Gulch trail (near Wenatchee)
3. Esmeralda (NF Teanaway)
4. Ancient Lakes
5. Thorp Mountain
6. Top of Rat Pac
7. Angels Staircase

We live in a special place.

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