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The Rambling Writer’s Pacific Northwest Summer Solstice(s)

A look at the variable turnings of the seasons here in far northwest Washington State.

This year, after unseasonably cool days and rains in June, we suddenly hit a stretch of hot weather (upper 70s, wow!). And I’ve been picking up more energy in my long healing process, so it seemed like the time for my first outdoor swim of the season, at nearby Birch Bay. The afternoon tide coming in over the sand flats had taken the chill off the sea, and it felt wonderfully buoyant and healing.

Then home to lounge in Thor’s new project of building the swinging cabana (see recent blog post here) on our bluff high over the Salish Sea. Turtle cat joined us.

Sunrise was 4:24 am, and sunset 9:20 pm. The longest day!

Last year, the weather was hanging onto its rainy “Junuary,” so here’s a rerun of a typical Northwest launch into summer:

From 2023:

We’ve been experiencing our usual Pacific Northwest “Junuary” of cool, cloudy and drizzly days, punctuated by a couple of real downpours and even a serious bout of hail. We woke up to more clouds and drizzle on the solstice. We needed to do errands in Bellingham and decided that we’d add a hike above Lake Padden — now that we live a 45-minute drive from major stores and services, we have to pack multiple stops into outings. Thor decided that this was a good year for the Devil’s Club:

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