Goodbye Summer


October 13, 2008 by esarsea

I’m sitting here at work, looking out the window and watching the rain come down. It’s depressing when it starts raining in Washington, as It marks the beginning of 8 months of dark, overcast skies and continual bad weather.

In some ways we are fortunate in the weather department though. We don’t have hurricanes like the Southeast and East coast. We don’t have tornados like the midwest, and we don’t have extreme summertime temperatures and/or sticky high humidity when the sun does come to visit. Nor do we have heavy snows or severe cold snaps. We’re just kind of soggy and depressed looking two-thirds of the year. Western Washington’s weather is the sour washcloth in the corner of your sink’s climate.

As the depression deepens I find myself looking through some photographs I’ve got stored on my computer. Here’s a couple from Summer before last.

We happened across some unexpected entertainment in these photos. Sitting on a bouy located in Puget Sound’s Rich Passage, off the Southwest corner of Bainbridge Island, North of Blake Island and East of my hometown of Bremerton were some California Sea Lions basking in the sun. They were huge animals (click on the photos for larger images) and they growled a stern warning if we approached too closely.

We stayed and watched them for 15-20 minutes until the area started getting congested with other boaters. It was a lot of fun, and a fond memory. As I write this I find myself counting the days until next Summer!

5 thoughts on “Goodbye Summer

  1. Da Goddess says:

    I would gladly take your rain right about now. We currently have the winds blowing hard again, with fires burning a little too close to home.

  2. esarsea says:

    Here we go again! I remember your photographs of the fires on the Bonamassa Blog lat year (or was it the year before?). Hope you don’t get displaced again. With surgery pending I’m sure you don’t need the extra worries.

  3. Jane says:

    ain’t no cure for the summertimes blues

  4. Da Goddess says:

    Stu, we’re going to be okay, I’m sure. The winds have died down considerably and that’s half the battle. (And it was last year…one of my least favorite years fire-wise)

    Now, as you say goodbye to summer, just remember that you’ll have a glorious Spring to look forward to. And that, to me, makes every other season worth enduring.

  5. rsr348 says:

    Ha! Tornados, heavy snows, high humidity and cold snaps…..kinda sounds like Wisconsin. I love all our seasons, though winter is a tad long up here, and I feel your pain Stu, as the last of the leaves drift from our trees, and we won’t see them again til May.

    Joanie, I’ve been thinking of you with the forest fires again too. Glad you’re ok.

    The Sea Lions are adorable–funny that they found that spot to sun.

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