Where We’ve Been: The State of Washington

21 Jun

Wikipedia says: Washington is a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Washington was carved out of the western part of Washington Territory which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 by the Oregon Treaty as settlement of the Oregon Boundary Dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the forty-second state in 1889. The United States Census Bureau estimated the state’s population was 6,664,195 in 2009.

Silver Falls was a short hike from the road, and a great chance to stretch our legs

Silver Falls, a short stop off of highway 123.

Nearly 60% of Washington’s residents live in the Seattle metropolitan area, the center of transportation, business, and industry, and home to an internationally known arts community. The remainder of the state consists of deep rain forests in the west, mountain ranges in the center, northeast and far southeast, and eastern semi-deserts given over to intensive agriculture.

Eastern Washington. Photo by Robert Inouye.

Following the roads in Eastern Washington.

Washington was named after George Washington, the first President of the United States, and is the only U.S. state named after a president. Washington is commonly called Washington State or occasionally the State of Washington to distinguish it from the U.S. capital (and because its proper name is the State of Washington). However, Washingtonians (residents of Washington) and many residents of neighboring states normally refer to the state simply as “Washington”, while usually referring to the nation’s capital as “Washington, D.C.” or simply “D.C.”

Moon riding Pharaoh with Uncle Bobby, just outside Yakima.

Our State-in-Review of Washington is going to be the hardest to write. For Kevin and I, Washington has been home for the last 10 years.  For Moon and the boys, it has been their only home.  I love the amazing parks, mountains, forests, and oceans.  As we made our way through the passes, Kevin noted that you can travel “from Endor to Cowboy Country” in about 12 minutes.

Most of our time has been spent in the Seattle area, though I did have a year living in the now-infamous Forks,WA*.   We bought (and now sold) our first home, got married (hello, Marymoor Park), and had so many of the milestones of our lives happen here.  It seems so strange to be leaving.

And one last note, just for my sister.  Gasworks Park?

Right here, Auntie No. It's right here.

Thanks for everything, Washington.

*Forks:  Surprizingly bereft of vampires, sparkly or otherwise.  Nice trees around there though.  Beaches are good, too.


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