There are a few reasons why I loved living in Washington. To start, I had a random desire to visit Seattle for my graduation trip in 2015. That never happened, and for the years after I craved the experience. When Mykle & I got married, I asked if we could make a weekend trip of it one of these days to fulfill that aching I had for it. He said of course we could, but life gets busy and we usually ended up using our time off work to spend with family.

So let’s jump into my first experience visiting Washington state: Mykle had an opportunity to do a “work day” at Costco’s corporate office for a possibility of joining their team. We thought, might as well, and I would finally get the chance to visit this city I had already fallen in love with. Being a newlywed couple, we didn’t have a lot of money so we didn’t want to take too many days visiting, because the real reason we were going was to know more about Costco and our future. We from Utah to Washington (stopping in Idaho) and got to our hotel – which really looked like the sketchiest motel you’ve ever seen. It had barbed wire fences and stains and dents in the walls. Our room was eerie, just like something from the movies. And when we turned on our small television and switched the channel, we saw video footage of right outside our door. I definitely was afraid for my belongings, and a little bit for my life. We decided we would go get food and lay low that day, then the next day we would head into the city to explore.

Well the next day was hard to wake up since I was tossing and turning all night, but we did. Even though I was anxious about our stay, I was overwhelmed with excitement of our days adventure. Pike Place Market, the Space Needle, and maybe a museum! And all the city atmosphere that I could take in. It was a warm day, and we took lots of pictures. We enjoyed the market place but didn’t realize how much walking we would be doing that day. The Space Needle was absolutely terrifying (I’m a nervous wreck when it comes to heights) and it was way more expensive than I had imagined. I was sweating and all I wanted to do was go back and lay down – but the thought of going back to our hotel/motel was a scary one.

All in all, I had a pretty good day. But I was pretty disappointed in the city I had hyped up so much in my head.

Let’s move onto the second reason I love Washington so much: The trees. Many may already know, but Washington is very green and covered in trees. It is probably the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Driving there was magical. Most mornings there is a fog or clouds that hover in between the trees on the hills – looking like steam or dragon’s breath. Not to mention the weather there was incredible. We did experience Washington’s worst winter in over 40 years, but it didn’t last long. Yes, it does rain in Washington pretty often – but not as often as everyone makes it out to be. Our summer there was the best weather I’ve ever experienced and we were lucky enough to have a lake right down the street from our house.

Alright, third reason: The city. So, my first experience with Seattle was not at all what I imagined it would be. It was rather disappointing, really. Mykle and I lived about 20-30 minutes from Seattle, so if we wanted we could always go for a little afternoon trip. We put off going to the city for awhile because of our previous experience, but when we went again we found the real magic there. We didn’t put any pressure on it, and we knew what we wanted to do. Pike Place Market has so much energy and is so much fun. As friends and family came to visit, we were able to go there so many more times and share the fun of the city with the people we love. *Here’s a tip if you ever end up living there: Mykle & I got to go to the Aquarium (Wasn’t great, and was very pricey) & the Museum of Pop Culture (a MUST, it was amazing) for free because I had a library card through King County. You get online at a certain time and get a pass for two weeks in advance! There were several other museums to choose from as well.

And here is my last reason why I love Washington, and the true reason it will forever be a special place to me: Mykle and I went there alone. We had been married one year. We had only known each other for a year and a half. We met in Idaho, and then we moved back to Utah when we got married so I could be close to my family and be somewhere comfortable. We had an entire year to experience new things with each other and learn more about each other. We got to spend so much time with each other and fall more and more in love with each other there. As we will continue to do, but this experience was very unique and I would never trade it for anything. Living there was very expensive and I was always stressed because of school. But I finished college while I was there. I learned so much about myself and what I truly want in life (for the most part, I don’t have it all figured out). And I just found so many more reasons of why I love Mykle.

I love you, Washington.

 

PS – This is also the place I got to see wild orcas, which was the most incredible thing ever. So if I ever come back I’ll be doing that again.

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