I didn't think that I took the natural beauty of the are for granted until I left. As the years pass I am increasingly aware that my "standard" is that country and not much equals it (although I can think of a few places). Too bad the weather wasn't better when you were there. That is one down side to the area. The Gulf of Alaska certainly makes for wetter weather than down south, but once you get inland it's not so bad. It was a great place to grow up.