First, I must point out that I spent 10 years in the Seattle area (Bainbridge Island and Issaquah/Sammamish). I love Seattle and hope to return when I retire (or someone leaves me a lot of money). I came across this image on the NWGratefulDiver.com website while browsing the popular ScubaBoard social network. Bob (Grateful Diver) Bailey is the author of the site and his U/W images are stunning! You really should check it out. Bob is also a Scuba Instructor so if the images inspire you to take the plunge, I am sure he would be happy to accomodate your new passion.
Looking for a different and exciting Scuba Diving experience? Why not consider British Columbia, Canada. The folks at CoolDives.com have put together a comprehensive guide to the area. The Gulf Islands are just spectacular and the sea life is stunning.
I just finished hearing a podcast from The Story . It featured an interview with Abigail Washburn and some of her amazing folk music. She is one of the most articulate musicians I have every heard speak. I found myself wanting to hear more and more. If you are even a mild banjo/folk music fan, please take the time to check it out.