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April 15, 2024

It's Monday and a fresh week in this sometimes broken but always beautiful world.

Today's weather: ☁️ Mostly cloudy, with a chance of rain. High near 51.

Situational awareness: For the first time since 2019, today is Tax Day — the deadline to file federal income tax returns and extensions to the Internal Revenue Service — for most of the country.

🎂 Happy birthday to our Axios Seattle member Peggy Smith!

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1 big thing: The gear you need for Seattle's summers

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With Seattle's summer just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about the basics you may need to make the most of our warmer weather.

Why it matters: With so much gear out there, making choices can feel overwhelming to newcomers to the city or even old-timers who've been hibernating too long.

We talked to a few local outdoor experts to get their thoughts on the essentials they recommend.

What to try: Polarized sunglasses, hats and quality water bottles top the list for Kentucky Costellow, the assistant store manager for REI's flagship store in Seattle.

With good walking shoes or hiking boots, a backpack or rope sling and a waterproof poncho, you'll be ready for most urban adventures and day trips.

  • Light, flowy pants that work whether it's sunny or overcast, a quick-dry sun hoodie and a bike to get around the city "in fashionable style" round out Miller's top choices for Seattle.

What they're saying: "Having comfortable shoes that can put in some miles would be a must-have for me," Miller told Axios. "I have tried casual shoes and they end up in the closet."

Yes, but: Always prepare if you're going further afield by packing the hiking essentials, including snacks, extra clothing and a map, per the Washington Trails Association.

Good news for novices: The Seattle area has loads of places to rent camping gear and sporting gear. Borrowing from friends may also be an option.

  • It's a cost-effective way to try different kinds of high-quality gear while figuring out how often you'll go and how much you want to spend.

What's next: Have fun! It isn't an "extra," according to Mike Rucker, the author of "The Fun Habit: How the Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life."

  • Having fun is an act of "radical self-care," he told CNN, and wellbeing relies on it.

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2. How to watch tonight’s WNBA draft

Source: Graphic: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Tonight's WNBA draft will determine where collegiate stars like Iowa guard Caitlin Clark and LSU forward Angel Reese will land in their first seasons as pros.

Why this matters: The Seattle Storm doesn't get a first-round draft pick, which means the chances of getting Clark or Reese are slim to none, but the team does get the No. 2 pick in the second and third rounds.

Between the lines: The current college landscape is packed with young generational talent — like the freshmen who led Dawn Staley's squad to the national championship — but only those at least 22 years old can be drafted.

Zoom in: ESPN will broadcast the draft from the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York at 4:30pm PST.

  • Fans can stream it on ESPN+ or FuboTV.

What's next: The season begins May 3.

Worthy of your time: The WNBA is having a moment, with Clark as a star who could alter the league's future and the league poised to double its brand partnerships.

  • The reigning back-to-back WNBA champions — the Las Vegas Aces — sold out their season ticket allotment in March, making them the first team in league history to do so.

Related: WNBA needs to capitalize on the Caitlin Clark moment

3. Morning Buzz: Aquarium ticket scam

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

🐠 The Seattle Aquarium is among numerous zoos and aquariums that have been targeted by a scam offering phony tickets for a discounted price of four for just $9.95, according to posts on the aquarium's website and social media. (KING 5)

💵 Funding for tech startups in the Pacific Northwest fell 30% in the first quarter of 2024 compared to the fourth quarter of 2023. (GeekWire)

🏆 The little town of Camas, on the Columbia River near Vancouver, Washington, has been named one of the 50 best places to live in the U.S. by Money. (MyNorthwest)

🏨 Though Seattle hotels are recovering from the pandemic, business travel remains muted, with corporations holding more virtual business meetings amid tightened travel budgets. (Puget Sound Business Journal 🔒)

4. Pic to go: Sounders' scoreless draw

Raúl Ruidíaz of the Seattle Sounders and Paul Arriola of FC Dallas head the ball during the MLS match in Texas on Saturday. Photo: Omar Vega/Getty Images

The Seattle Sounders played to a scoreless draw against FC Dallas on Saturday.

What's next: The Sounders are scheduled to play the Vancouver Whitecaps April 20 at Lumen Field.

🥰 Clarridge is feeling much better and thanks you for the kind wishes.

This newsletter was edited by Rachel La Corte and copy edited by Egan Millard.