What 10 qualities set Issaquah residents apart?

February 21, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah inspires a deep affection among residents past and present.

Perhaps the connection is because the city stands out among cookie-cutter Eastside suburbs. (Bummer, Redmond.)

Residents can rattle off at least a dozen reasons to love Issaquah, although even outsiders can recognize the charms. Only locals can offer a snapshot into the authentic Issaquah experience.

The genuine Issaquahn, for instance:

  • Considers a hike up tendon-stretching Chirico Trail on Tiger Mountain as a relaxing afternoon stroll.
  • Understands the difference among chinook, coho, kokanee, pink and sockeye salmon.
  • Trudges to the Salmon Days Festival year after year, despite forecasts threatening rain.
  • Remembers the Issaquah High School mascot as the fabled Indians, not the Eagles.
  • Pronounces Issaquah correctly.
  • Hears the term “XXX” and, rather than thinking of hardcore pornography, pictures root beer and car shows.
  • Knows the names of each Issaquah Alps peak and the trails┬álinking the forested mountains.
  • Considers Lake Sammamish as a backyard swimming hole for the entire Eastside.
  • Trekked to Boehm’s Candies on school field trips to see molten chocolate turn into confections.
  • Braves the flagship Costco warehouse on a Saturday to stock up on toilet paper and other essentials.
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