BAMF kicks off season at B’Ham Oasis: Lookout Arts Quarry

The Lookout Arts Quarry, located on a 61-acre site previously operated as an industrial rock quarry 12 miles south of Bellingham, WA was launched by a group of artists who took collective ownership of it in 2007 and have been establishing the land as an arts center ever since. [...]

May 4, 2017

Chuck Berry: Long Live the King

The King of Rock & Roll is dead at 90. He wasn’t even MEGA till he was near 30. He is probably the most underrated lyricist, and he is simply the KING because there simply would be no GUITAR ROCK without him. He was the architect. Elvis pretending to play guitar. Fats, [...]

March 20, 2017

Edison’s elbow makes for a unique stop in Skagit Valley

I recall first encountering the village of Edison, Washington by accident, after taking an alternate route to Bellingham, Washington one sunny afternoon. I was driving with my family from Anacortes and my wife started telling me how much she loved this little place, but that she [...]

March 2, 2017

Horses, Hikes and Cascade Sherpas

When The Crossing Guide editor called me up and said, “I have an assignment for you with Cascade Sherpas. Are you into it?” it didn’t take long to respond. As a lover of all things camping, hiking into Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and having my gear trekked up by [...]

November 13, 2015

Snoqualmie’s Salish Lodge & Spa: Eerily Amazing

“Now all I need is a bed, a bathroom, a telephone, and sometimes a television in the unlikely event that one day I’ll get a chance to knock off early.” (Special Agent Dale Cooper; Twin Peaks) I’m not ashamed to admit that what originally drew me to the gorgeous [...]

November 5, 2015

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

October Mission: Beer – Part 3

Alpenfire Cidery, Port Townsend After two weeks of beer, I decided to spice things up a bit, and visit Washington’s first certified organic cidery (not to mention second in the nation). Cider comes with a bit of history- prior to Prohibition, hard cider was the #1 alcoholic [...]

October 15, 2015

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