Like a mantra, we recite our reasons: more sunny days, less rain, less traffic, lower cost of living, a smaller community, and year-round outdoor activities within easy reach.
We had one more reason that seemed to surprise some of our inquirers.
We wanted to experience living in a place that had four distinct seasons: the crisp, cold, snowy winters, green hillsides full of yellow balsamroot and purple lupines in the spring, the reliably warm (and even hot) summer days, where the moon and stars are visible more often than not, and the unsurpassed brilliance of the fall colors.
Of course, Western Washington has seasonal changes too, but over here they are more obvious, more intense, and cannot be ignored. The snow actually sticks around, spring explodes, summer morning sunrises and balmy evenings are common-place, and autumn’s sunny days and cold nights intensify the broad array of colors, thus prolonging our favorite season.
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