This March, for my birthday, we traveled to Seattle, Washington. It was our first time visiting the Pacific North West and in a very short time we absolutely fell in love with the landscape, the food and the relaxed nature of just about everyone we met.
As we'd anticipated, it did rain every day but typically the rain, or mist, really, lasted for a brief period of time mostly in the afternoon. Apparently, we get more rain by far in New York as compared to Seattle, though it comes in downpours and often entire days of rain. Seattle, by contrast has many more "gray days", as the locals say. Interestingly, umbrellas are not a popular item in Seattle and is a telltale sign you're an out of towner if you're caught carrying one. Rather, the locals wear all-weather gear or have hoodies that can easily be pulled on and off; fits in perfectly with Seattle's very casual dress code.
We soon realized we couldn't have chosen a better time of year to be in the PNW. The entire state of Washington seemed awash in lush, green foliage and in glorious full bloom. Many of the plant species were knew to me and I was surprised how tropical many of the varieties seemed to be. Truly magical.