Welcome to Bremerton, USS Nimitz

It’s not hard to imagine some of the sailors aboard the USS Nimitz grumbling about their new home.

And they deserve some sympathy. Here in Kitsap, we’ve already had one sub-freezing snow storm while the weather in San Diego is mostly sunny and delightfully pleasant.

But climate isn’t everything. And when you take out the sun — sweet, warm, life-giving sun — Kitsap can give Southern California a run for its money, especially when one considers quality of life.

But like California, Western Washington in general and Kitsap specific, is a melting pot of people from different parts of the country, and world, representing many points of view.

We also have a stunningly green landscape, even in the winter. We are close to the ocean, close to the mountains. For those who enjoy fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing, we are a world-class destination.

We have bears and coyotes, but we are also just a ferry ride from downtown Seattle.

And above all else, we are a community that looks out for each other.

Without a doubt, the crew of the Nimitz will find a warm welcome.

Here’s to hoping they don’t hold their breath for warm weather.

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