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Past Stories

‘Adventure Travel’ Articles

Fly a seaplane to Alaskan-style angling on Puget Sound

Fly a seaplane to Alaskan-style angling on Puget Sound

Note: This story was published in the Seattle Times on Thursday, April 10, 2014 The drone of a seaplane’s engine spinning up told the anglers inside that they would soon be standing on a small island in a saltwater sea, casting flies to native fish. The scene, common to anglers visiting Alaska, [Continued...]

Ski Vacation? Get small in Washington for a big adventure

Ski Vacation? Get small in Washington for a big adventure

Think ski vacation, and places like Sun Valley, Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Park City come to mind. Think a bit more, though, and those dreams evaporate quickly as you start to add up the expenses. Airfare for the family, lodging in a resort town, lift tickets a premiere ski area, meals out morning, noon and [Continued...]

Washington Wine Country Gets Busy with Autumn Activities

Washington Wine Country Gets Busy with Autumn Activities

This is my first (and only) “lazy blogger” post – I’m using an unedited press release to share news about the happenings around one of my favorite parts of Washington: the high central Columbia Basin. Yes, I love that sagebrush country, and not just because it is awash in quality wine! Eastern Washington has a lot [Continued...]

Adventure travel (and kicking around) needs the right shoes

Adventure travel (and kicking around) needs the right shoes

Outdoor footwear makers often walk that fine line between function and fashion. Unfortunately, casual shoes — those designed for adventure travel rather than hard-core trail adventures — frequently fail the functionality test. Not all of them, though. A couple of stylish kicks caught the eyes of our test team and passed our strict requirements for comfort and support while running through airports, trotting through tourist sites, strolling up trails and hopping ferries around the San [Continued...]

Nelson Family takes Alaska

Spring in the Desert

For a Northwesterner, getting away from the late winter rains can be a requirement for continued sound mental health. My work as a Communications Expert (?) with the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency provided the perfect opportunity for me to escape south into the sunshine this month. The annual National Air Quality Conference (NAQC) – [Continued...]