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Traveling The West Coast: Stop-Motion Video From Amtrak's Coast Starlight

Traveling The West Coast: Stop-Motion Video From Amtrak's Coast Starlight Jun 26th, 2013 at 9:00AM: LocoSteve, Flickr The West Coast might not be known for its train service - it doesn't have the extensive network that the Northeast has - but if you're traveling in Washington, Oregon or California and haven't considered making the train part of your travels, you're missing out. Portland to Tacoma used to be a regular travel stint of mine, and quite frankly, I'll take sitting on a train...

My (Failed) Attempt At Conquering The Bend Ale Trail

My (Failed) Attempt At Conquering The Bend Ale Trail Jun 1st, 2013 at 12:00PM: There must be someone in Bend, Oregon, who drinks Coors or Bud Light. But I imagine that this mythical, mass produced beer loving android keeps a very low profile so as not to be shunned, like an alcoholic Amish swinger, in what must be America's best craft beer town. Bend is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty and some 250 days of sunshine a year. There are so many opportunities to hike,...

Photo Of The Day: A View Of Mount Baker

Photo Of The Day: A View Of Mount Baker May 26th, 2013 at 5:00PM: James Wheeler, Flickr I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and therefore I have an affinity for any photos that combine mountains and water. No matter where you are in the region, be it Oregon, Washington or British Columbia, you're bound to find a mountain view from a body of water, and the sight is just as striking every single time. In this photo, Flickr user James Wheeler takes us to the...

Intoxicating Bend, Oregon

Intoxicating Bend, Oregon May 19th, 2013 at 10:00AM: Who wants to move to Bend, Oregon, with me? Oh, I know what you're thinking. I already have a perfectly good place to live. Why would I need to move to a small city in Central Oregon? If you're asking yourself this question, you've probably never been to Bend, because it's one of those places that gets under your skin. Drop by for four or five days, as I did earlier this month, and you can't help...

Adventure Guide 2013: Portland, Oregon

Adventure Guide 2013: Portland, Oregon Feb 10th, 2013 at 11:00AM: "Portlandia" might lead you to believe that Portland is home only to tattooed baristas with the occasional mustache, but it's also an epicenter for outdoor activity; every Portlander has his or her activity of choice, and with so many outdoor activities easily accessible, it isn't difficult to get a taste of the attitude that keeps this city alive. Nearby Sauvie Island is popular with...

Photo Of The Day: A Rainy Day In Vancouver, British Columbia

Photo Of The Day: A Rainy Day In Vancouver, British Columbia Jan 20th, 2013 at 6:00PM: We often think of warm, sunny days as the only optimal time to travel, but sometimes, bad weather gives us a completely different perspective of a new place. Such is the case with this photo from Doug Murray taken during a rainy day in Vancouver, BC. As any traveler to the Pacific Northwest will tell you, rain is often inevitable, but wet weather is what makes this region beautiful. Plus a...

Nighttime 'Oyster Picnics' Offer A DIY Taste Of Puget Sound

Nighttime 'Oyster Picnics' Offer A DIY Taste Of Puget Sound Jan 3rd, 2013 at 5:00PM: Oyster aficionados and hunter-gatherer types will want to hoof it to Seattle this winter for a moonlight adventure of the briny kind. Fifth-generation, family-owned Taylor Shellfish Farms is hosting its annual "Walrus & Carpenter Picnics" on January 8, and February 7, to support the Puget Sound Restoration Fund. Taylor is famed for its sustainably-farmed Manila and geoduck clams (click here...

Sunset Magazine's 'Westphoria' Blog Celebrates The Weirdness Of The Western States

Sunset Magazine's 'Westphoria' Blog Celebrates The Weirdness Of The Western States Oct 1st, 2012 at 11:00AM: It's no secret that the 13 states comprising the Western U.S. are a bit unusual. Enter Westphoria, Sunset magazine's 4-month-old blog dedicated to celebrating all that's quirky, kick-ass, and distinct about the Left Coast, Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Think retrofitted teardrop campers, chicken "sitters," bike-powered farmers market smoothies, and, uh, hotel rooms designed to resemble...

North Cascades National Park Looks To Expand

North Cascades National Park Looks To Expand Sep 5th, 2012 at 8:00AM: Hidden away in a remote corner of the Pacific Northwest, the North Cascades National Park is amongst the least visited parks in the entire U.S. system. On an annual basis, only about 20,000 people pass through its gates, despite the fact that it contains some of the most breathtaking backcountry in all of North America. There is a movement afoot to expand the park's borders, however, and if...

Bigfoot Hoax Results In Fatality

Aug 28th, 2012 at 2:30PM: Despite the fact that Bigfoot is a well-known pseudo-inhabitant of the Pacific Northwest, a Montana man died Sunday night attempting to create a hoax in Flathead County. According to CNN, the incident occurred in Northwest Montana when Randy Lee Tenley, attired in a Ghillie suit, walked into "the driving lane" of Highway 93, and was hit by a teenage motorist. A second car managed to miss...

Hiking, Scrambling And Swimming Oregon's Oneonta Gorge

Hiking, Scrambling And Swimming Oregon's Oneonta Gorge Aug 21st, 2012 at 12:30PM: Despite the various nicknames bestowed upon me throughout my 20s (all along the lines of "Hippie," "Nature Girl" and "Treehugger"), I had a love-hate relationship with hiking the great outdoors. Blame my poor, misguided parents, who made my brother and I undertake many forced marches on summer vacations. We hiked all over California, the Pacific Northwest, the Rockies and even Europe. I know, I...

Favorite Travel Destinations: Where's Your 'Happy Place?'

Favorite Travel Destinations: Where's Your 'Happy Place?' Jun 26th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Long ago, a friend of mine referred to Colorado as my "spiritual homeland." I frequently jest that I'm spiritually bankrupt except when it comes to the outdoors, and she was referring to my long-held love affair with the Centennial State. My friend was right. There are parts of Colorado that are my "happy place," where I immediately feel I can breathe more deeply, shelve my neuroses and just...

Sleeping In Seattle: The Consequences Of SAD

Sleeping In Seattle: The Consequences Of SAD Apr 23rd, 2012 at 11:00AM: I recently mentioned my somewhat reluctant decision to relocate from Seattle when the right opportunity presents itself (A job and nice one bedroom in Berkeley, North Oakland or Boulder anyone? Anyone?). While my move was precipitated by a layoff in February, I've known for a year that a relocation was necessary, regardless of my affection for my adopted city – despite my beautiful,...

Seattle Culinary Camp With Chef Tom Douglas Offers A Taste Of Washington State

Seattle Culinary Camp With Chef Tom Douglas Offers A Taste Of Washington State Apr 8th, 2012 at 12:00PM: It's a well-known fact amongst Seattleites that the sun always comes out for the summer starting on July 4. OK, that wasn't true two years ago but on July 5, there it was. Anyway, it's the official start of our summer and that means it's also the start of the eating season. For farmers market goers and lovers of the grill and al fresco dining, July is kickoff time. Perhaps that's why Tom...

Got Geoduck? An Epic Clam Dig On The Olympic Peninsula

Got Geoduck? An Epic Clam Dig On The Olympic Peninsula Apr 2nd, 2012 at 11:00AM: It's a drizzly late March morning at Hood Canal, a fjord-like arm of Washington State's Puget Sound two hours west of Seattle. The air is briny and pungent. Douglas-fir trees and fog-shrouded inlets dot the shoreline. Bald eagles soar overhead while dozens of harbor seals bob in the water. Armed with a shovel, a hand trowel and a five-gallon bucket, I'm attired in hip waders and neoprene. I...

Seattle's new Hot Tub Boats: swingin' in the rain

Seattle's new Hot Tub Boats: swingin' in the rain Mar 21st, 2012 at 4:30PM: I live in Seattle. So I can state with authority that out here if you want hipster street cred you'll be rocking at least some sartorial remnant of the '70s -- be it a pair of groovy shades, nut-hugger jeans, a polyester dress or booty cut-offs. What else is reminiscent of the '70s? Hot tubs, baby. And now, chilly (but oh so cool) Seattleites and visitors alike can have a relaxing retro outing...

Cheese festival season has sprung: the best in the West

Cheese festival season has sprung: the best in the West Mar 13th, 2012 at 2:00PM: Spring, as they say, has sprung. In farmstead and artisan cheese parlance, that means pastures are currently abound with calves, lambs, and kids (of the goat variety), and the first milk of the season is in. That's why March is the kickoff month for cheese festivals, especially on the West Coast because of its more mild climate. The following just happen to be some of the nation's best. 8th...

Orcas, sea kayaking, and sea planes: a day trip to Washington's San Juan Island

Orcas, sea kayaking, and sea planes: a day trip to Washington's San Juan Island Aug 16th, 2011 at 12:30PM: I woke up early one morning last week and realized that August 15th would mark two years since I arrived in Seattle. Normally I wouldn't take note of such a thing, given that I tend to move with the frequency of a fugitive. Staying in one place just isn't in my nature. But here I was, 24 months into life in Seattle, and of the many things I'd yet to do, I hadn't: been to the San Juan Islands...

Taking Denny's Tour of America

Taking Denny's Tour of America Aug 5th, 2011 at 11:00AM: Denny's - America's Diner - recently introduced their Tour of America menu. The chain attempted to capture the essence of America's diverse cuisines in seven dishes and three beverages. However, it's not really a tour if you only order one meal. That simple thought led Gadling to send me to New Jersey with Erik Trinidad, food writer for the Huffington Post and creator of Fancy Fast Food, to...

Top North American rodeos to check out this summer

Top North American rodeos to check out this summer May 12th, 2011 at 1:00PM: In honor of the approaching National Day of the American Cowboy, which I wrote about earlier in the week, I wanted to highlight some of the best rodeos North America has to offer. Even city slickers can enjoy a rodeo; it is, after all, a sporting event. With a lot of beer. And grilled meat. And a lack of giant foam fingers and face-painting (not a bad thing, I might add). In all seriousness,...

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