Sophie Dawn has fought a stuffy nose the past two days, but that’s about the extent of her reaction to the rising levels of smog across western Washington.
"I might be the only person here who’s reacting to it," the Enumclaw resident said. "And I’m the one with the really sensitive allergies."
That didn’t stop Dawn – or about 200 others – from taking in a sunny (and hazy) day at Nolte State Park outside Enumclaw. This area tends to get the highest levels of ozone throughout the Puget Sound region, but everyone seemed more concerned with swimming on Deep Lake, paddling canoes, enjoying a picnic or soaking up some rays.
"The only thing I’ve noticed is a little haze when I look at Mount Rainier," said Caren English of South Prairie. "It’s usually such a nice view from here, but yeah, it’s definitely obscured."