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Summer in Seattle

Finally warm dry days are upon Seattle, just in time for the kids to go back to school. They must feel gypped. The month of June and a good part of July are cool, windy and rainy. Really too cool to jump into the lake for a swim or laze about outside. Here in the Pacific Northwest it seems the summer season goes from mid-July to October, when the clouds roll in once again.
 
Growing up here produces a hardy bunch who think nothing of playing baseball in the rain or going about their business in the rain without umbrellas. We have a fall festival at the foot of the Space Needle at the beginning of September named "Bumbershoot," another word for umbrella. It marks the end of summer, but it's not really the end, it's more like the middle. Maybe it marks the end of summer vacation for Seattle area school kids.
 
The ICE series of books take place on the northern edge of Washington, and the weather is a character in the stories. The swing between daylight sun and dark night is so wide up here - long, long days in the summer and very short days in the winter - sometimes it feels like we're in Alaska. Actually, we're not that far away.
 
So to all the Seattle school kids, I'm sorry. We adults are having a great time in the hot September sun, with empty beaches and parks. It's a perk of growing up around here. You'll get your chance, so ..... study hard. I'm off for a picnic by the lake.
 
 

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Diane Schultz on Saturday, September 08, 2012 9:25 AM
Love your description of the ICE books. My sister lived in the Seattle area for several years and the week I visited her, no rain. It was May. I took pictures of shadows and collected rocks with a stripe of white through them. Never knew about the summer going from mid-July through October, though, and love that your books use the weather as a character. A beautiful area of the country.
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IC Enger on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 10:26 AM
It is a beautiful place to live, just have to get used to the far-north seasons. Maybe your sister can return to Seattle virtually through the books. Thanks for the comment.
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book a trip on Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:36 AM
Amazing lettering about summer vacation! In my school days, I went to beaches with my parent which was really very enjoyable to me. Thanks for this wonderful article and carry on! :)
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Yamunotri Yatra on Thursday, February 14, 2013 11:15 PM
Finally, I got what I was looking for. Don’t have enough words to thank you that you choose this particular topic to write about. Feeling really satisfied after reading.
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