It seems as if we went from warm and dry to cool and rainy in an instant here in the Northwest, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go outdoors and have fun. In fact, it’s a great excuse to enjoy being a kid again, splashing in puddles, or even dancing in the rain.
If you don’t want to get too wet, thanks to all the trees in this region, there are lots of spots you can stay dry just by heading under a canopy of trees that keeps the area underneath from getting deluged. The hike to Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park follows a trail that’s almost entirely under the trees, and in Seattle, you can take your little ones to work off all that energy on the playground just south of the east parking lot and Visitor’s Center. The zip line and climbing structures, with slides and bridges, stay pretty dry thanks to the trees that soar above.
If you relish the rain, you might want to hike the Drift Creek Falls Trail which meanders through the rain-drenched Siuslaw National Forest. It follows alongside a beautiful stream that’s flanked by ferns, alder trees and vine maple, and the view of the falls from the 240-foot cable suspension bridge — the longest in any forest – are sure to take your breath away.
Where’s your favorite place to go outdoors when it’s raining in the Northwest?
K.C. Dermody is the author of hundreds of travel articles both online and in print as well as the author of the “Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland.” She has traveled throughout the world and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others, but always appreciates coming home to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.