Edenwild Inn—Living Lopez-Style

Lopez Island is one of friendliest places I have ever been. This becomes apparent immediately with the “Lopez Wave.” Every single person that we drove past waved, and I mean every single person—even the little kids waved. Soft rolling hills lay out, dotted with small, [...]

May 2, 2016

Escape to a Castle by the Sea

Alexander’s Castle’s three-story, rampart-edged brick tower strikes an impressive pose against a sapphire sky. Built in 1882, it is the oldest structure at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, and from the view in its lofty tower, Admiralty Inlet gleams in the sunshine. This unique [...]

October 17, 2015

Hike to Ice Caves and Historic Railroad Tracks

Many believe the Mountain Loop Highway in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is the undiscovered gem of the Cascades. There are majestic mountains, gushing waterfalls, cyan colored rivers, pristine lakes and over 1,500 miles of hiking trails. On the Verlot side trails range [...]

October 6, 2015

Sailing into the Deep Blue on SUVA

Even before I step onto SUVA—Coupeville’s 90-year-old heritage vessel—I know our 2-hour sail in Penn Cove is going to be amazing. The sky is Caribbean blue, there’s a breeze to fill the sails, and everyone on board is all smiles. The crew maneuvers the 68-foot schooner [...]

September 30, 2015

Witnessing the Cycle of Life in an Alaska Rainforest

In the sparkling shallows below, a large paw plunges into the creek. It darts so quickly I wonder if I’ve really seen it. It comes up empty. Trying a new tactic, the bear dunks his whole shaggy head in and finally snags a squirming salmon, beautiful pinks and greens flashing [...]

September 22, 2015

Seeing Alaska from Up High

Crystal clear lakes, verdant pines and massive snow-capped mountains fly by as the train jiggles along the track from Skagway, Alaska to White Pass Summit. As a rule, I avoid waking up before sunrise, but the spectacular views make it worthwhile. I sit in my padded seat, nose [...]

September 15, 2015

History Next to the Sea: Fort Casey Historical Park on Whidbey Island

Lighthouses conjure up romantic images of lights illuminating surly seas for sea captains. Seaside forts speak of a different history with artillery guns and soldiers watching for enemy ships. Where can both of these be experienced in the same day? Fort Casey Historical Park on [...]

September 15, 2015

Sea to Sky By Plane

As I climb into my tattered beige seat in the eight-passenger Cessna, I feel a flash of trepidation. I’ve never flown a plane, yet somehow find myself playing co-pilot for my first scenic flight from Juneau, over Alaska’s famous icefields. As a professional traveler, I prowl [...]

September 11, 2015

Hitting the Surf in Tofino

“The harder it is to get on, the warmer you will be.” After spending 20 minutes struggling to get into our wetsuits, this seemed like a reasonable condolence to hear from our surf instructor. We had just arrived at The Surf Club at Long Beach Lodge after a long, but scenic, [...]

September 10, 2015

Hoh Rain Forest: The Old Soul of Washington

I entered the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center with a grin and maybe a bit of dirt on my face. We had arrived at the Olympic Rain Forest out on the peninsula just the prior morning, with a car full of camping gear and high expectations that had already been exceeded. We had been [...]

September 9, 2015

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