Just two hours west of Seattle and two hours east of the Hoh Rainforest, which gets 12 feet of rain a year, my town of Sequim gets only 16 inches of precipitation. In fact, we see the sun about 300 days a year. That doesn't mean 300 full days of sun; it can mean just an hour or two, but plenty to take the dog for a long walk, ride my bike, or work in the garden.
Irrigation was introduced to Sequim 120 years ago. Before that it was pretty desert-like. No one could grow crops, so why would anyone want to live here? All that changed with irrigation. This week Sequim celebrates its 120th annual Irrigation Festival--the longest consecutively running festival in the state of Washington. And yes, they have a royal court who ride in the parade. I always dreamed of living in a place like Sequim, but I have to admit I never once aspired to become "Irrigation Queen."
Drone-shot photo by John Gussman, www.dcproductions.com
Bonnie, a nature lover, is the author of twenty-seven heart-to-heart gift books full of animal and nature images, plus one inspiring book on interfaith understanding.