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Sunny days ahead (I hope)…

April 18, 2011

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It snowed last week in Vancouver. That’s not headline news, but it is almost May, and it’s Vancouver, which although wet, is supposed to at least be mild. As I write this, it’s sunny and bright out. I’ve never felt noticeably negatively affected by bad weather. I kind of hunker down for the winter and don’t really pay attention to the weather  – it is what it is. But on days like today, it’s apparent how alive I feel on a sunny day. When It’s bright out, I just feel like I want to do stuff. It’s like an energy / mood boost. The sun streaming through the window makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning. And it’s how I feel all summer. Which makes me wonder what it’d be like to live somewhere with more sun, like California – I notice there’s a large group of the paleo community in that neck of the woods. Do people always feel more energetic / vibrant there, or is it something that you get used to, so it stops having that affect? If most days are sunny, then maybe it doesn’t feel like you gotta take advantage of the day, because tomorrow and the day after are likely to be sunny also? Or is that just me making myself feel better… :P

There’s nowhere I’d really rather be than in Vancouver, May through September. The weather is warm, and the scenery is hard to beat. Because of all the rainfall, Vancouver is green and lush. And of course it lies between the ocean and the mountains. It really is a spectacular place to live, and recently ranked as the most liveable city in the world.

But once October rolls around, it feels like it rains right through to May. Vancouverites joke that we only have two seasons – summer and rain. Perhaps those who are into winter sports notice it less, by replacing weekend rain with snow. Whistler is less than 2 hours away, and we have 3 local mountains (Cypress, Grouse, and Mt. Seymour). You can easily ski and kayak in the same day, or even hit up the slopes after work. But during the weekdays, and outside the ski season, it can get rather dreary.

Seems like there are many reasons to seek out the sun, like Vitamin D, mood, and even just more enjoyable time outdoors. As I said, I love Vancouver in the summer months, plus my family and friends are here, so the likelihood of me moving away any time soon are slim. But ideally, I’d spend the winter months somewhere like southern California, soaking up the rays. On one hand, who wouldn’t want that? But on the other, if everyone really did, then there’d be more people packing up in the winter rather than just idly daydreaming about it like me.

It’s something that’ll occupy my thoughts again, especially come next winter. In the meantime, with all that sunshine beckoning me outside, and the cherry blossoms blooming, it’s easy to forgive and forget Vancouver’s wet winter and bask in the increasingly sunny days ahead.

How do you like the climate where you live?

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Bonnie April 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM

I live in Colorado now where it’s dry and sunny. I love it! I came from Cleveland, OH where it was wet and lush, but with the grayest winters in the world. It’s easier to be happy and energetic here. Don’t get me wrong, the Great Lakes climate has its advantages and it’s beautiful from May to November, but I like the sunny spareness of the mountain states.

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[email protected] April 20, 2011 at 8:38 AM

You’re right – even with the mountains and all the trees around, it does feel pretty gray around here in the winter.. it’s great that you found a climate that you love year round!

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