With the nickname "Blue Hole" one might not know what to expect about Sequim, Washington. Pronounced (skwim), this growing town of about 6,600 (with 20,000 more in the area) gets its name because pilots kept noticing that there was almost always blue skies over the area - it is in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. At about 14" of rainfall per year, Sequim almost qualifies as a desert - not what people typically think of when they ponder Washington State. Sequim's proximity to the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Dungeness River make Sequim's environment more humid than would be expected from lack of serious rainfall. Sequim has won numerous awards as a great place to live and retire. The New York TImes gave a glowing review in an article called "A Sunny Spot Amid the Clouds". The area has many festivals including its annual lavender festival (picture of lavender, above, is courtesy of Wikipedia and Kgrr. Photo of New Dungeness Light courtesy of Wikipedia.