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The Pacific Northwest

I am a native of Washington state, born in Everett and living in Vancouver (across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon) for most of my life.  Sandra came to Vancouver as an exchange student to attend school, where we met, fell in love, and married.  We talk of moving to a new place, a fresh start where we can experience a different way of living, perhaps even returning to Sweden, but time and time again, we are swept away by the beauty and majestic scenery of the Pacific Northwest.  We have traveled through the entire western United States, and parts of Mexico, Canada, and Europe, but with each trip we only appreciate where we live more.  We have now visited the eastern United States and seen much of the Midwest and east from the air, but as we pull back in to Portland International Airport and the lush forests and snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Range dominate the landscape, together with the Columbia River flowing through the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area, and the soft tickle of drizzle on the airplane window, we melt inside with the joy we feel of waking up each morning to the crisp mist of the fresh air of the Northwest.

Not only does the Pacific Northwest offer a great place to live, but it also allows one to explore and participate in various Sports and Recreation. Snowboarding and skiing, wind-surfing, hiking and backpacking, mountaineering, kite-surfing, golfing, and mountain biking, are among many activities that are possible to do in this area.   The Pacific Northwest is one of the few parts of the country that always has vigorous growth, largely because people visit once and then never want to leave.  You might be getting the impression that we like it in the Northwest, or?

On this portion of the site, you will find information about our home state of Washington and our neighbors across the river to the South, Oregon, and photographs of us enjoying our environment and scenic landscape.  For further information on a more local scale, visit our pages on Vancouver and Portland!

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