While I’ve been away from it quite a bit this past year, Los Angeles averages 186 days of sunshine per year.
On the other hand, my second-favorite city, “the People’s Republic of Portland”, gets a measly 68 days of sunshine per year.
This is as much of a reason to visit as any: never, ever do I appreciate a ray of sunlight the way I do when I’m in Portland. (And never, ever do I move as quickly or with as much purpose to capture it on camera.)
For a while after I arrive, the appreciation bleeds over into other areas, too: coffee tastes blacker; inside seems cozier; time spent with friends feels more buoying. The strongness of these sensations tapers off after a week or two, and my pansy-frail constitution begins to wilt under the relentless pressure of gray skies and mud underfoot.
Still, even when I am days—or hours, or weeks—from my crazy, California desert, along will come a slice of sunshine, a spray of crazy-colored buds, an elfin patch of moss, to give me a wee smile.
Good cheer, they whisper, and don’t forget to thank the rain.
This is Day 20 of a 21-day series. For more scoop on the who/what/why, go here.