I grew up in western WA State where you are *almost* guaranteed perfect sunny weather for a few weeks in late July and early August. Other than that you take your chances with the rain and your outdoor pursuits – camping being one of those. You spent the last week getting ready for your camping trip and now it’s raining? Most people might cancel the trip. Not if you are from Washington! You gird up your loins and move on to blue tarp camping.
So my move to CA a decade ago took some getting used to – all this abundant sunshine was exhausting. There was no bad weather to wrangle with! Instead of planning how to stay dry outside, I could now spend my time planning where to take my summer (and spring and fall!) camping trips. We are blessed in the Bay Area to live relatively close to some spectacular camping destinations. This summer it will be Yosemite for my family camping trip. And just look at all the other places we can explore with help from guidebooks from the library!