Spring is just around the corner, according to good ol’ Punxsutawney Phil. But there was still a chill in the air in Seattle this February, where I spent all 29 days of the leap year month in this city’s notorious raininess. After spending the winter holiday months in Southern California, Seattle would give us a nice change of scenery and an opportunity to visit friends while we finished some U.S. based projects before heading abroad this spring. With the unrelenting rain, we did get a lot done indoors — the biggest thing being the promo video for my personal travel blog! And this light wooly poncho was perfect for the cozy days I spent tucked away in warm coffee shops working on it. The sun did poke its way through the clouds on occasion, as it did on the day we took these photos, so I did enjoy some outdoor time in Seattle. On those days we’d go for a walk in the park or stroll along Puget Sound trying to spot orca whales, and we even went skiing on two occasions (once at night!) But more days than not, I’d be conquering the cold rain with my new favorite umbrella, a bubble-shaped thing that kept my long hair dry even when it rained sideways! (I now consider this an absolute essential for my travels to Seattle, and since one road-tripping “luxury” is plentiful packing space, I didn’t fret too much over its non-compact size.) I absolutely loved seeing all the green everywhere, but the rain was too dreary for me to not be ready to move on at the month’s end. Seattle, I’ll come visit you again, but next time, I’ll come in summer!