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 linking 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.