There are many things I love about our home in the Pacific Northwest. I could wax poetic for days on the merits of our craggy mountains, grey-green oceans, piney forests, and the blazingly verdant moss that covers it all. Anyone who has lived in this region for over a year can tell you that our summers are unsurpassed, but the colder months are a long, hard slog characterized by leaden skies and a damp cold that cuts right to the bone. This can be a deal-breaker for the uninitiated. We Northwesterners are hospitable, but admittedly take some time in accepting those tender, sun-warmed outsiders into our ranks. Perhaps this is because it is only once they see past the grey, and even grow a bit of moss themselves (on the north side, naturally), can they appreciate our region’s natural treasures as much as we do.
It is in these grey … Continue reading