You Know You’re From Washington When…

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Hiking the Summerland Trail at Mount Rainier National Park, WA.

“No,” I replied, smiling sweetly. “Not D.C. I live in Washington State. You know. The Pacific Northwest. On the coast. Upper Left, USA.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve replayed that conversation with out-of-staters. To save time, let’s just cut to the chase, shall we? You know you’re from Washington State when*:

  • A Vitamin D deficiency isn’t just in your head. It’s all over.
  • You can pronounce Hoquiam, Sequim, Puyallup, Sammamish, Enumclaw and Issaquah without stumbling.
  • You avoid driving through Seattle at all costs.
  • You know what a Geoduck is.
  • You know Geoduck is pronounced Gooey-duck and not Geo-duck.
  • You consider swimming an indoor sport.
  • You know that s’mores is one of the basic food groups.
  • Your lawn is mostly moss and you don’t really care.
  • Your roof is mostly moss and you don’t really care.
  • Your dog is mostly… oh, never mind.
  • When you hear “The Mountain is out,” you don’t have to ask which one. You know.
Mount Rainier from Paradise in late September.
  • When visiting another state and asked where you’re from, you say “Seattle.” You know Seattle is the only city in Washington, according to the rest of the hemisphere.
  • You’ve eaten in the Space Needle. While it was delicious, you’ll never again pay $50 for a hamburger in the sky.
    Public domain
  • You know that washing your car is a waste of time.
  • Northface is always in fashion.
  • You take a warm coat and a hat with you for a day at the beach.
  • You have mastered the art of doing everything in the rain, because, well, Washington.
  • You play “no, you go” at a four-way stop.
  • You know that Mount Rainier is both stunningly beautiful and could also kill you some day. And you don’t mind.
  • You get a little twitchy if it’s been more than a week since the last rain.
  • You think Twilight ruined Forks.
  • You can say Humptulips, Lilliwap and Dosewallips without laughing. Too much.
  • You really know you’re from Washington State when you wouldn’t want to live anywhere else!

*Adapted from a Facebook post.