Washington November 06, 2017
The 11 Worst Decisions Any Washingtonian Could Ever Make
While we’ve listed the
best decisions you can ever make in Washington (shopping at farmers markets and buying a Discover Pass, for starters), we’re also aware that it’s easy to make some rather poor decisions while living here. We happen to think these 11 are among the worst.
1. Not exploring as much of the state as possible.
Washington is an amazing and diverse state. There's nothing wrong with living in the part you love the most, but make it a point to see as much of it as you can. This is Second Beach on the Olympic Peninsula, and it's incredible.
2. Ignoring weather warnings about Snoqualmie Pass.
When reports say chains are required, please listen.
3. Eating Atlantic salmon.
Atlantic salmon may be easier and cheaper to get, but we have access to some of the best, freshest wild caught salmon on Earth. Don't settle.
4. Arriving in Seattle on any given day between 4 and 6 PM.
Sometimes this is unavoidable. If it isn't, do your best to avoid rush hour(s).
5. Not voting in local elections.
We've seen some ridiculously close races in Washington in the last few decades. Your vote matters.
6. Trying to get a hotel room in Leavenworth for the Christmas Lighting Festival after roughly June 1.
The festival is insanely crowded and absolutely freezing. It's also the most beautiful, magical experience ever, and nearly every Washingtonian wants to go. Plan ahead.
7. Drinking beer from anywhere else.
The PNW has some of the best beer in the country. Enjoy it.
8. Believing that the drive from Seattle to Portland on I-5 really takes "three hours."
Maybe if you leave at 5 AM on a Tuesday before construction season really begins... and even then, plan on it taking 3 1/2.
9. Remember this meme?
We don't know this for a fact, but stopping here does seem like it might be a bad idea.
10. Attempting to drive uphill in Spokane's South Hill neighborhood after a heavy snowfall.
If you ever doubt that this is a bad idea, just look at the YouTube videos of cars smashing into each other.
11. Moving away.
Move to go to college or pursue a dream job or a new love... but come home eventually (you can bring your degree or your other half with you).
Living in Washington is, of course, the best decision ever.