My friend Mark from the Seattle area was in town this week for work. He was able to get away this evening for a quick visit before flying back tomorrow morning. We ate out at a Thai restaurant, and then I gave him a quick tour of my home and work.
He mentioned how flat it is here, something I noticed too. ;) But his additional comment was interesting - he said he was used to the hills/mountains in Seattle for navigational purposes, to get a sense of direction. I miss the mountains as well, but only for the view. I don't think I even once looked around for Mt. Rainier to get my bearings, or drove on 520 and saw the Olympics and thought "yes I am driving west". Hmmm.