Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Beginning of Summer

The weather here in Gig Harbor, and the Puget Sound has started out very good for the summer. It always seems to rain in June, however, I was surprised this morning on TV news the average rainfall for June is 1.5 inches of rain, and so far we have had .5 inches of rain. I guess June is like a lot of months around here where there are a lot of cloudy days so it seems to rain more than it actually does. The winter months are when we get most of the rainfall. July thru September we get very little of rain.

I expect that we will get some rain before 4th of July. This is usually when we consider summer beginning, however, this June we have had a lot sun which is real nice. This morning we had some clouds but the sun came out this afternoon.  I have a bird bath, and I get a lot of small birds showing up in the middle of the day along with Robins, and Blue Jays Also, I have a bird feeder but generally they spend more time in the bath.

One thing people can do around here when it is raining this time of the year is go to the Zoo. There is a zoo in both Seattle and Tacoma. In Seattle it is called the Woodland Park Zoo. When I was in elementary school we took a field trip by train to the Woodland Park Zoo. It was a really good time; however, it was the only time I went to Woodland Park Zoo. I hope in the future to go once again. In Tacoma it is the Pt. Defiance Zoo and Aquarium; I have gone there quite a few times because it is much closer for me. It is a great place to take kids especially if it is cloudy or raining.  You can see all types of fish along with Polar Bears, monkeys, and other animals.  When my sister and brother visited last September we visited there for a day. When we arrived there was a beautiful Peacock that walked up close to us. I thought it was sort of cool. Also, there are other places you can visit at Pt. Defiance as well. There is a really nice garden area you can spend time at, and also there is Owens Beach.  At Owens Beach you can see a very good view of Puget Sound primarily Commencement Bay, and Vashon Island. It is really nice place to picnic, and barbeque as well.  Pt. Defiance has a five-mile trail that you can bike on or walk. There are spots where you can look over and see toward Gig Harbor as well.  I live near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on the Gig Harbor side, and see over to Pt. Defiance along with seeing Mt. Rainier in the background. It is such a great view.

The great thing about the Puget Sound is that you can see so many views of places in the area whether by ferry or by car. There are so many places to visit in Western Washington where you can’t go wrong. Most people who live here would be best to spend their summer vacation here as well.  Maybe once in a while take a summer vacation somewhere else as a special occasion. I don’t think there is a better place to live; we have all four seasons during the year. The winter generally is mild with mostly rain; we don’t’ get a lot of snow except up in the mountains.

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