"Have you noticed the comments from several posters here who seem either impressed or surprised by what they have found by actually traveling to, or hearing from those who have come to the 'Northwest'? There really is no other way to appreciate the natural beauty without experiencing it first-hand.
So too, as you've found, there is a parallel reality in the investment business. Your suggestion that..."
Groan. Teach, you're the champ! But let me try:
"I see clouds in the sky here in Washington this morning. There is a parallel universe in which cloudy Washington skies indicate cloudy times for VNX."
So if you think there may be a correlation of any kind, then I'd say just take a peek out a few days in the forecast ;)
By the way, did you have time to take the Spirit Lake Highway up to Coldwater Lake or Johnston Ridge at Mt.St.Helens? The old lady is still erupting in its 'slow motion dome rebuilding' (continual since October of '04) and well worth the excursion. Also, since you're into climbing.. you might be interested in knowing that the trails to the rim have been reopened as of last Friday. They're booking day hikes at a maximum of 100 trekkers per day now. Let me know if want more details.
cranberryvino, I was moving pretty fast through Washington and am back home in LV now. The only hike I had time for was a quick, easy one--Hurricane Ridge trail in Olympic National Park. The scenery was spectacular, and I'd like to go there again some day.