What to bring when you move to Washington State...

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professionals.

What to bring when you move to Washington State...

  1. Umbrella, if you don't buy them early in the season they get sold out. Western Washington is the wet (green) side of the state.
  2. Surf board, from Seattle you can be to the Pacific Ocean in 2 hours. I have friends who surf and think our coast is really under rated for surfing, you do need a wet suit...
  3. Camping equipment, hundreds of state and national parks within an hours drive...
  4. Ski equipment, Cross country or alpine within a hour of Seattle
  5. Hiking boots, hundreds of trails to explore...
  6. Scuba equipment, Puget Sound is a haven for all skill levels...
  7. Fishing gear, Salmon, Cod, Trout, Dog fish...
  8. Crab traps, Dungeness and Rock crab...
  9. Bicycle, Hundreds of miles of bike trails and the famous STP (Seattle to Portland) road race
  10. Kites great sport at the ocean...
  11. Sun glasses , old joke, we do need them when the sun appears
  12.  A sense of humor, we need more laughs

You need not bring everything, you can buy everything you need for a good time...

Authored by Paul S. Henderson, Realtor ®, RE/MAX Professionals, Lacey, WA.

(http://phenderson.net) or http://www.lacey-washington.com

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Tacoma Washington 

Realtor ® BPOR, CRS, GRI, CDPE

RE/MAX Professionals

4801 S 19th Street, Suite 200

Tacoma WA. 98405



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Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

Great post. There really is a lot to do in Wasington State.It is one of the reasons I love it here-Dinah Lee

Dec 01, 2008 04:13 PM #1
Norm Rice
First Class Properties serving Portland, Oregon Metro Area - Portland, OR
(Realtor) CRS, ABR, SRES, e-Pro

Washington sounds much like Oregon, other than the fact that it doesn't take 2 hours to get to the coast from Portland - and snowboarding on Mt. Hood is only an hour away.  Oh .. and thanks for mentioning the STP road race - remember it ends in Portland :)  Either way, the NW is indeed the best place to live.   I couldn't pass up the opportunity to start a little rivalry here - friendly one. :)

Dec 01, 2008 04:23 PM #2
Mobile Austin Notary
Apostille/Authentication/Embassy Legalization, Notary Public, Loan Signing Agent & Process Server Services - Austin, TX

Makes me wanna move. Smily

Dec 01, 2008 04:29 PM #3
Carol Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate - Langhorne, PA
Realtor, -www.swainsells.com- Bucks County, Pa

Wow.  I did not realize how much you can do in Washington.  I personally like number eight, the crab traps.

Dec 01, 2008 08:56 PM #4
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Paul:  For the most part, I agree with your list.  Although I would have no use whatsoever for items 2 through 7... of course, multiple umbrellas are quite necessary.  But number eight... "crab traps."  I have not been married for about fifteen years... so I have no use for a "crab trap."  The only crab around here... is me.

Dec 01, 2008 10:21 PM #5
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

I have never actually spent any time in Washington State, but I did spend five weeks in Portland, Oregon about eight years ago.  I was there for thirty-five straight days... and it rained on thirty-three of them.  I usually describe my time in Portland as being similar to continuously driving thru a car wash with all the windows rolled down, and the sun roof rolled back.  Very similar experience.

I also found it quite weird that in Oregon... the gas stations insisted on pumping your gasoline FOR you... although the price was higher.  Every other place would call that "Full Serve" and charge you more, but would also give you the option of pumping your own... self-serve... and paying less for it.  I found it rather curious.  Is that still the  case ?

Dec 01, 2008 10:25 PM #6
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Paul, I had to laugh about number one. I've been to Seattle several times in the past and it rained just about every time. Washington State has some of the greenest trees I've ever seen.

Dec 01, 2008 11:44 PM #7
John Cannata
214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

Thanks for sharing these tips Paul.  I don't think I have ever thought about Washington having so many activities (with the exception of #1... which is well known I think).  I have been Scuba diving in Belize which is gorgeous, especially compared to the California coast.  I'll have to suggest to my friends that we take a trip one year and check it out.  thanks again.

Dec 02, 2008 02:21 AM #8
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I think #1 and #12 both brought a smile to my face. The others are true, but if you don't have a sense of humor in the Pacific Northwest, you will get way to depressed way too quickly! Glad I was able to find you in the rain and if you can last in the Pacific NW weather than you can last anywhere. Oh, wait that is New York and making it. (9-1)

Todd Clark, Helping Families Home - www.IFoundYourNewHome.com

Dec 02, 2008 06:41 AM #9
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Paul - A number of years ago I traveled to Seattle, and had a wonderful time.  The most humorous thing that happened however, was deciding how we were going to spend a couple hours extra.  My travel mates, asked, "What should we do?"  I saw a little brochure, that showed the delightful little town of Leavenworth, WA.  Since the map only showed an area between Seattle and Leavenworth, with the road between.  I thought it a great little drive.  BUT - the little segment of the map on the brochure didn't "disclose" that the distance was actually half way across the state of Washington.  It was still a wonderful trip, very worth taking!

Dec 02, 2008 01:50 PM #10
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Karen, I love your humor! I am kind of concerned about your ex-husband needing crab traps... Why in the world would you go thru a car wash 33 times to compare it to Portland. (LOL) Portland is in the banana belt compared to Seattle/Tacoma...

Myrl, That's OK, my Nowegian relatives were going to drive to Minnisota one afternoon until I told them it was 1400 miles away...

Todd, My son just got his masters from OSU in Corvallis and he says Oregon is far wetter than we up north (LOL)

Michael, Every time I tell someone I'm from Washington, they ask what part of DC...

Dec 02, 2008 02:46 PM #11
Richard Stabile
Re/Max Real Estate Limited - Oradell, NJ
Bergen County New Homes Builder Realtor

Paul: I have never been there. It sounds like a great out door area. Someday I will have to visit.


Dec 02, 2008 02:46 PM #12
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Paul:  I guess I did not make myself clear in using my "car wash" example.  I meant... Living in Portland... was like going through the car wash... and spending the entire day there... with the water coming in through the open windows and sun roof... that is, if you can actually "label" that hole many people have in the roof of their cars... a "sun" roof ?

Dec 02, 2008 05:20 PM #13
Regina P. Brown
California Coast & Country Homes, Inc. - San Luis Obispo, CA
e-Pro Realtor

Paul, if I visit I'll be sure to bring my bike, it sounds like you have great bike trails!  Check out my blogs on bicycle riding...

Join my NEW group for professionals who work from their home office at http://activerain.com/groups/virtualoffice

Regina P. Brown
Allison James Estates & Homes

Dec 02, 2008 06:18 PM #14
Anita Beach
RE/MAX Select Real Estate - Maple Valley, WA
Real Estate Assistant - Maple Valley, WA

What a great post! I never realized how much there is to do here, until we moved here 7 years ago. I love living here and having a variety of so many neat things to do.

Dec 03, 2008 07:24 AM #15
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Just one umbrella? Won't it be worn out after a couple of days? LOL

Dec 05, 2008 02:12 PM #16

Umbrellas are useless against the sideways rain - invest in a good weatherproof 3-in-1 coat from Columbia or North Face!

Dec 30, 2008 06:25 AM #17
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Paul - Very creative blog and I can relate after living in Portland Oregon for 5 years.

Dec 30, 2008 09:34 AM #18
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Dee, You must work at REI. It know your rain gear...

Dec 30, 2008 11:16 AM #19
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Robert, Portland is the banana belt compared to the sponge of Washington...

Dec 30, 2008 11:19 AM #20
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