Sure, the PNW winters give us a bounty of opportunities for a good, weepy cry. But our summers are perfect for their own broody activity — staring off into the distance wistfully (or mysteriously).
What’s an ocean for if not for gazing longingly across its whipped peaks?
Here are our favorite places to get a healthy dose of dramatics.
Myrtle Edwards Park
Are you looking for shells, or are you mourning the lost opportunity to pursue your childhood love? No one needs to know, but the passerbys will certainly wonder and maybe write a poem about how deep you looked. There’s just enough open space to be alone in your thoughts, but enough foot traffic to have an audience for it.
The Seattle-Bainbridge ferry
Lights, camera, action — this is your mini “setting off on a long and ultimately life-changing voyage” moment. Let your hair blow wildly in the breeze. Yes, you’re just going to Bruciato for some pizza, but in your head, you know that you’ll be returning a new person.
Sunset Hill Park
Don’t expect to do any actual brooding here — it’s a bit too loud on nice days for any real concentration. But that shouldn’t stop you from looking like you’re making some real tough life choices up here. Rumor has it that if you squint just hard enough at the mountains’ silhouettes, the answers to your problems will appear.
Poo Poo Point
This mountain hike is a metaphor — just like you fought exhaustion to get to the top of this peak, you fought all your life for happiness. And now you’re here, baby. Sit down, take a drink of water, and let joy wash over you. You earned it. Cue the inspiring music and know that the viewers at home are crying happy tears for you.