Posted by: magooch on Nov-10-13 11:10 AM (EST)
I've only lived in Washington State for about 66 years, so I'm still getting used to it. No we don't have a state income tax and no the state is not falling apart. Like any other state, the condition of things has a lot more to do with the quality of the elected officials than how much tax they extract from us.
I actually can live anywhere I want and I have been around the country a bit and have determined that there is no perfect place. There are a few very desirable areas for the weather and such, but then you have to share it with multi-millions and all the problems that come with that. The great thing here in the PNW is that we don't have the extremes of weather that many areas have and we are able to paddle all year round. We also have a very wide range of waters to choose from. There is a plethora of beautiful lakes, many rivers, the Pacific Ocean, Puget Sound, Hood Canal and the San Juans just for starters. My own first choice is the Columbia River. Below Bonneville Dam, the Columbia is not a reservoir, but there is wind at times like anywhere else. I live just a few miles from several very nice launch sites (all free) with a wide variety of conditions. If you want big waves to surf on, we've got em; if you want flat protected water, there's plenty to choose from. The feature that makes the lower Columbia so paddle friendly is that you are never more than a quarter mile from a gentle sandy beach where you can safely go to shore and take a break.
So, although our weather in the winter isn't like San Diego, it does allow plenty of nice enough days for paddling. The rest of the year is on average pretty hard to beat--not too hot, not too cold--not too dry.
We used to go to Arizona for the winter, but the paddling is much better right here.
Wall Mount Boat Racks
Touring Kayak Paddles
Deck Rigging Gear
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