From the Sea to the Mountains
Duty in Washington
Kayaking along the still waters of the Puget Sound, the only sounds are the distant cries of sea gulls and the paddle as it pulls you across the water.
Welcome to the Pacific Northwest, welcome to "The Evergreen State" of Washington. This is just one moment that hundreds of activities the state offers.
With a land mass of 71,362 square miles, Washington contains a diversity of natural beauty. With sun to rain, fog and snow, the Pacific Northwest weather can change in an instant, but has adventures no matter the weather.
"It's kind of unique area," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick McClain, who is stationed at Naval Station Kitsap. "To the east there is an extreme urban area and to the west there is an extreme rural area. So if you want to hit some trails on dirt bikes in the morning and then explore Seattle, see museums or go to a music show at night you can definitely make that happen."
In one Washington city, Seattle, carries the nickname of the "Emerald City" due to drawing visitors to its vast parks and evergreen forest surroundings. Some famous places such as the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Fremont Troll and historical sites are located in Seattle. The Navy's Blue Angels preform acrobatic flying maneuvers at Seattle's Seafair during the summer.
Low laying fog hangs above the water. A whoosh of air breaks near, an orca surfaces and then disappears back beneath the surface.
Many of Washington's waters, mountains and forests are protected by the state's three national parks. Less than three hours from Seattle is North Cascades National Park where Sailors can explore the dozens of glacier carved peaks reaching 9,000 feet above sea level and wide scape of ponderosa pine of the surrounding alpine forest.