Being new to the Northwest, I recently learned there is a popular saying about summertime here: “It’s beautiful, but it doesn’t really start until July 5.”
But growing up in the South, where summer usually starts closer to April Fools’ Day and bathing suit weather stretches well into September, I couldn’t wait any longer to celebrate the season. So, from wildflowers to wine tastings to water sports, this issue is dedicated to everything that makes summer so sweet.
For our adventure-loving readers, we’ve included a few inspiring stories about warm-weather outdoor sports. If you’re anxious to challenge yourself on the water, I suggest reading “A Paddle to the Finish,” which highlights the largest standup paddleboard race in the Northwest. The best part about the event: it takes place right here on the Eastside.
If you’re looking to reach new heights this summer, let Nicole “Coco” Mar, a local nine-year-old climbing phenom, show you the ropes. Coco got her start on the small climbing wall at the Bellevue Club just a few years ago and is now competing against top athletes across the country.
Those hoping for a truly wild, Bear Grylls-esque experience can check out our guide to survival schools, where you can sign up to learn everything from primitive hunting skills to tanning techniques and more.
But because summer is about so much more than sports, we’ve included plenty of information about outdoor wine events, concerts and festivals where family and friends can gather to relax enjoy to some summer sunshine.