It’s a bummer. We invested serious time and money being fans of Seattle football this year. The new swag we bought, the food we ate, the dollars we paid to watch the games from home, the tickets and parking we paid for…yeah, we paid for all that. When you add in all the time we spent watching and listening to the games (21 games x 3hours each = 63 hours!) you begin to realize that, much like the “character-building” winter Washington weather, we’ve missed out on so much of what makes the PNW a fantastic place to live and explore! Lucky for you, we’ve complied a GLORIOUS list of how you can fill that football void in your life: by getting back to great fun and activities for all ages right here in Western Washington! Time to re-live the PNW, Bull Nation!
I’m ready to make said list, Ben. Anytime now…
1. GET ON THAT HIKE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO TAKE!
If you’re like me, the very mention of the word “hike” sends excuses galore running through your head and aches in muscles you probably forgot you had. However, this is a brand new year! (AKA the perfect time to get more exercise) You’re gonna kick your 2018 self right in the bum by taking any one of our region’s fantastic hikes, suited for any level of experience. The Washington Trails Association has the 411 on every hike you can take in the state, and there’s nearly 100 in King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties! I’m gonna recommend the Twin Falls hike up in Snoqualmie if you’re new to hiking, maybe I’ll see you on the trail!
It’ll take that hike plus 50 more like it before I’m qualified to sweat like this. Currently I sweat like this trying to write quality blogs!
2. GET TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE i5 CORRIDOR AGAIN!
Let’s be real; we live in an honest-to-God “north-south” part of the world. It’s the result of our geography and interstate system, it’s what we have to work with. And most of us tend to keep to our neck of the woods. If you live in Tacoma, you probably don’t have much business being up in Everett. Denizens of Skagit Valley rarely day trip down to Tukwila. So why not shake things up and make a weekend out of going out of your way?
All the charm of the Pacific Northwest can be found anywhere you go if you look for it (even in Aberdeen: I fell in love with the Seaport there!) The flyover cities and spaces in between Bellingham and Olympia offer just about any activity your little heart desires, including golf courses, historical tours, antiquing and wineries.
Did someone say wine???
3. THE SIGHTS! OH, THE SIGHTS AND SIGHTSEEING!
So if it has been a minute (or several hundred thousand of them) since you did something that’s great for your Instagram feed, you may have forgotten all the sights and activites that we pass by every day in the old grind. Have you ever seen what the Seattle skyline looks like from the top of the Smith Tower? Forget the view from the top of the Seattle Great Wheel? How about the smell of fresh fish at Pike Place Market?
Do yourself a favor and rediscover your home. All of it!
Admiralty Head Lighthouse, located in Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island. Bet you wish you took this photo, yeah?
4. FORGET FOOTBALL! HOCKEY IS HERE RIGHT NOW!
Believe it or not, you don’t have to wait for the National Hockey League to begin play in Seattle til 2021. I mean, that’s a long time to wait if you’re a hockey fan. Lucky you again, we have local pro hockey teams! The Seattle Thunderbirds and Everett Silvertips are back from their winter breaks, and the WHL season lasts until mid-March. The players are 16-20 years old with fire in their eyes, and home ice at Showare Center and Angel of The Winds Arena host great hockey games with all the flair of an NHL game! (psst, it’s also a great date night!)
It’s hard to not let slip my personal allegiance to local hockey here, but you don’t have to be a die-hard like me to enjoy pro hockey right here in Western Washington.
Also, GO T-BIRDS!
~Ben on The BULL