Monday, December 24, 2018

Happy Holidays Pacific Northwest Style

With long, dark nights here in the Upper Left Corner USA (the Lower 48, apologies to Alaska), we celebrate with plenty of holiday lights and savor time outdoors.

While I love holiday gatherings with family and friends to enjoy good food, cheer, and maybe music, for me it's really about the outdoors (surprise!). Whether it's on skis, snowshoes, or just walking, fresh air and exercise keeps us energized and out of hibernation mode (which is easy to fall into with only about 8 hours of daylight this time of year).

When in Seattle, early 1.2-mile walks to tea/coffee with the regulars at Preserve & Gather in the rain, frosty chill, or occasional clear skies get me going on dark mornings. In early December, we walk around Green Lake in north Seattle for the annual Pathway of Lights.

Sunrise walk to tea.
But I and many here are drawn to the mountains. Although we rarely get snow in the lowlands west of the Cascades anymore, we can get our snow fix in just an hour or two drive away.

Icicle Creek Canyon walk.

Early morning brought several inches of fresh snow outside Leavenworth recently.

So we head to the hills, lush forests, or ocean beaches, and get outside.

Frosty winter morning, Washington coast
Hurricane Ridge

Then we escape inside for a hot drink and perhaps a good book by a fire, which is very hygge (as the Danish would say.)

For me, it's tea.

Maybe you like it busy and bustling, or maybe you prefer quiet. Whatever, I hope your find your own authenticity amidst the noise this season. 

And, if you're a true Northwesterner at heart like me, I hope you find yourself outside as much as possible.

So here's wishing you and yours a happy holiday season. Holiday cheers!

Happy trails and thanks for visiting Pacific Northwest Seasons! 

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Rabbits' Guy said...

Happy Holidays and a good New Year!

That Icicle Creek rd walk is a tradition we try to do every year - usually in later January

jill said...

Thanks Rabbit's Guy!

Ellen B said...

Merry Christmas, Jill!

Unknown said...

Thank you Jill. As an introvert, sitting next to a burning fire, long nights for reading a book, bring me great pleasure. I love this season. But now I'm loving the snow as well, I find myself planning and imagining my next snowshoe all week. And I've never drank so much tea in my life, definitely necessary to keep warm. Happy Holidays!

jill said...

Merry Holidays back at you Ellen! Hilda, so happy you're getting out so much. Enjoy and happy holidays!