The view from the little park near my house.
But really, I've lived in beautiful places for a long time. The kind of places that people pay to go on vacation there.
"Seattle invites you to explore two cities in one. Here you’ll find a vibrant, sophisticated metropolis surrounded by pristine natural beauty and abundant recreation. Seattle is metronatural.
Downtown Seattle is easily walkable and waiting to be explored. Shopping, dining, arts and visitor attractions are within steps of hotels and inns. The city is surrounded by pristine waterways, two mountain ranges and three national parks. To the west lies the only temperate rain forest in the continental U.S. To the east, a world-class wine region.
Whether metro or natural, you can pack a lot into your Seattle itinerary."
Sidenote: "Metronatural"? Really Seattle? That's what you came up with?
Metronatural: Mt. Rainier from the West Seattle Bridge.
Watching the boats from Alki Beach
From santabarbara.com "Welcome to the American Riviera. Where life itself is a fine art.*"
*Not great, but better than "metronatural".
A hike in the mountains behind Santa Barbara.
The beach near UCSB's campus.
From bellingham.org, "Come see why Bellingham Whatcom County is a refreshing change."
The slogan is kind of boring, but, hey, at least it's not "metronatural**".
Mt. Baker in August
Romantic sunset at Boulevard Park.
** Seriously. "Metronatural". I am now a little embarrassed to have lived there.