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WA State Geography in 60 seconds or less

The devastating Washington Mudslide is making national news this week, but many of my friends from outside of WA aren’t sure where Oso, Darrington and Arlington are. Roughly speaking, the mudslide is happening in the mountains about an hour’s drive from Seattle.

Understanding the geography of another state is difficult. I’m not very good with Arkansas , Vermont, or Ohio geography, because I’ve never been there. So here’s a crash course in WA geography in 60 seconds or less.



Big cities:

    • Seattle (think Space Needle)
    • Bellevue (think Microsoft)
    • Tacoma (think the Tacoma Dome)
    • Everett, Renton and Kent (think Boeing)
    • Spokane (think close-to-Idaho)
    • Olympia (the capitol)
Edmonds Beach

Edmonds Beach

Puget Sound:

  • A huge, gigantic estuary coming into WA from the Pacific Ocean and Salish Sea (picture rocky beaches with mountain views)
Come in August and there'll be less snow.

Visit Mt. Rainier in August and there’ll be flowers

National Parks:

  • Mt. Rainier (duh!)
  • Olympic National Park (Bella and Edward’s backyard)
  • North Cascades National Park (pristine wilderness)
Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park


  • Western WA can be cold and rainy (think, good place to fish)
  • Eastern WA is almost like a dessert (think, good place to pick peaches)
North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park

Okay, now take a look at Google maps and you’ll have a much better understanding of where the mudslide happened.

This is a very sad time for our beautiful state. My heart and prayers go out to the people of Oso, Darrington and Arlighton.


  1. Jim Duffy says:

    Hello Jennifer,
    I read your article in the Sunday Herald. I agree with everything you said about robo-calls and solicitors over the phone. I was disturbed by your apprehension to say no to police fundraisers however. Please don’t be apprehensive to say no.
    I have been a cop for over thirty years and the only fundraisers I ever observed was in he 80’s when our Reserves put on a Vaudeville Show. I do not know of any phone soliciting fundraisers by law enforcement since that time.
    In today’s world of rampant scams and fraud, no police department or police association would responsibly solicit funds by phone. I also GUARANTEE there would be no “blacklist” that you would be on if you did refuse to donate.
    As a cop, I say stick to your philosophy of no funds for anybody that solicits by phone. That is a safe and responsible strategy to maintain, as well as teach your kids and senior citizens.
    Jim Duffy

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