Sunny weather brings people out of hibernation

People and their pets enjoyed the preview of Summer during the year’s first 80 degree day

VANCOUVER — The first 80 degree day of the year brought people out to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, many bringing their four-legged friends along for a walk in the sun.

“It feels great,” says Christian Palasios while enjoying a moment in the shade to cool off, “especially because it’s always, like, rainy and all of that here.”

Jose and Mackenzie Serrano of Vancouver enjoy the nice weather near Fort Vancouver with their dogs Penelope and Max. Photo by Mike Schultz
Jose and Mackenzie Serrano of Vancouver enjoy the nice weather near Fort Vancouver with their dogs Penelope and Max. Photo by Mike Schultz

Jill Lynch, who was out for a walk with her son and daughter, said it was nice to finally come out of what seemed like an exceptionally long Winter hibernation this year.

“If it was like this all the time I’d be very happy,” she said. Her son Andrew gave the day a 10 out of 10. Daughter Noelle was visiting from Chicago, and says she misses the weather here in the Pacific Northwest.

“The weather (in Chicago) is always, like, way too hot, way too cold,” she says, “It’s pretty volatile.”

Daisies in bloom at Fort Vancouver National Historic site. Photo by Mike Schultz
Daisies in bloom at Fort Vancouver National Historic site. Photo by Mike Schultz

Roommates Kasey Baker and Abby Johnson were enjoying the sun with their dogs, Penelope and Miya.

“Oh it’s awesome,” said Kasey, but both lamented the fact that they were packing up to get ready to head into work. They felt a little better when informed the weather is supposed to stay nice at least through Thursday.

All over the area, people were out mowing lawns, painting, washing cars, and generally enjoying the brief glimpse of Summer weather. Rain is expected to return just in time for the weekend, with a return to more typical spring weather next week with highs near 70 and a slight chance of a shower nearly every day.

The Interstate Bridge is visible beyond Fort Vancouver on a sunny day in April. Photo by Mike Schultz
The Interstate Bridge is visible beyond Fort Vancouver on a sunny day in April. Photo by Mike Schultz
A Vancouver resident basks in a rare bit of sun this April at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Photo by Mike Schultz
A Vancouver resident basks in a rare bit of sun this April at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Photo by Mike Schultz
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