Hi Eric and welcome to the forum,
I still very much a novice myself but I know so much more that when I started beekeeping less than a year ago.
Your first priority is likely to be learning about beekeeping but you will want to get your hives started just as soon as you can. Depending on where you live in WA, that could be now if you’re in the tropical North or nearer the start of Spring if you are further south. The best advice is probably to source your bees locally so you will want to track down local suppliers, I’ve found local commercial beekeepers will usually let you know where to source your bees. I would suggest buying a 4 or preferably 5 frame nuc to start off with. Source your bees from within your state to avoid high state inspection costs. WA may even prohibit bringing in bees from interstate.