Sunday, July 20, 2014

Velkommen til Poulsbo: Nerdy Naturalist Makes a Move

Recently my wife and I made a major move in our lives... again.

Two years ago we found ourselves moving to Colorado from New York. We were recently married and thanks to my wife's uncle and aunt, we had a free place to live in Colorado. We love Colorado and were prepared to stay long term... but things don't always go as planned. The past few months have been very busy and a bit hard for new family. Colorado, in all its beauty, was starting to actually drag on us. We missed the trees. We missed water. We started to actually get into a little rut. The townhouse that we were renting went onto the market and the new owners didn't want to rent it after our lease was up. There were many variables in motion... so we decided it might be a good idea to spread our horizons and try finding career jobs.

My desired career path found its way to me first. I was offered a job in Kitsap County, Washington working in environmental outreach and extension.... so we moved! The past 2-3 months have been a whirlwind, but we are finally settled into our new home in Poulsbo, WA.

Poulsbo is a quaint little town on Liberty Bay across the Puget Sound from Seattle. Poulsbo has a strong scandinavian heritage and as you walk around the town... it shows. Viking statues, longboat reliefs on benches, and the flags of scandinavian countries flying proud.

Benches with a longboat relief in Poulsbo. Photo by: Matt Brincka

Liberty Bay Waterfront Park. Poulsbo, WA. Photo by: Matt Brincka

Washington will provide a whole new stomping grounds for pictures. In Colorado, for my job I was in front of a computer all day and I had a huge commute (1.5 hours each way). I found it hard to get myself motivated to type within the Nerdy Naturalist blog-o-sphere. I actually found it hard to export pictures from my camera to my computer for editing. I was exhausted constantly.  I'm not making excuses... but it was a quality of living that didn't allow me to complete the things that I love.

So far we are loving Washington. My commute is smaller. I'm in a field that I went to school for and I love. I'm not sitting in front of a computer all day. Overall, I can already feel the quality of living increased drastically.

I'm hoping to get onto a more regular routine with my picture taking and my posts. I know I've said that in a few of my past posts, but life was strange then. Life is better now. Until the next post... enjoy some pictures of Poulsbo.

A view of Liberty Bay. Photo by: Matt Brincka

Picnic place. Photo by: Matt Brincka 

Poulsbo's boardwalk. Photo by: Matt Brincka

Harbor seals are a common site within the Poulsbo marina.
Photo by: Matt Brincka

Poulsbo marina with some pre-sunset color.
Photo by: Matt Brincka

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