Before moving to Seattle, the first thing people would say to me when I mentioned my relocation plans was always, "I hope you like rain." Well, my first weekend as an official resident of the Pacific Northwest certainly contradicts the mistaken impression that all it every does here is rain. I spent a wonderful weekend exploring the Olympic Peninsula from Lake Quinault Lodge, hiking, relaxing, and enjoying the extraordinarily sunny February weather. On the way back to Seattle, my travel companions and I stopped to explore some tide pools along the Pacific Coast, where the morning sun was almost blinding. The trip culminated with a beautiful sunset ferry ride from Port Townsend to Coupeville. Below is a selection of photos from my introductory weekend as an official resident of the Pacific Northwest.