Camping and Outdoors

CAMP & HIKE: Steamboat Rock State Park

In the heart of Washington’s Grand Coulee desert country is an outdoor lover’s paradise. And your base camp for all of it sits in the middle of an “island” surrounded by your outdoor playground. Rocks and birds. Hikes through desert wildflowers. Fragrant sagebrush whipping in the wind. Sleeping under a big sky of stars. The […]

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How To Choose Your Next Camping Tent

Why go camping? How about because it’s loads of fun? Because you create lifelong memories with people you love over a crackling campfire. Because coffee tastes better outside. Because… s’mores. Because waking up to the sound of birdsong. Because camping will  save you a bunch of money that you don’t shell out for a hotel. […]

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STAY & PLAY: Soft Beds and Desert Hikes in Washington’s Canyon Country

There’s no better way to experience the natural splendor of our Pacific Northwest landscapes than hiking, and if you make a weekend of it you can squeeze in two hikes! Not into camping? Even a soft-bed enthusiast can hike a desert canyon or enjoy a creekside stroll without ever setting foot (or head) in a tent. To […]

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Rainy Day Hikes from Seattle

Are drizzly skies washing away your hiking plans? Some trails are best hiked in the rain! So go ahead and strap on those (waterproof) hiking boots–below are low-lying hiking trails that are glorious when pelted with rain and shrouded in mist.     We happen to live in a glorious temperate rain forest. With the right […]

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STAY & PLAY: Hikes in Washington’s Columbia River Gorge

Are you in search of sunshine, open vistas and fields of wildflowers? Don’t wait for summer–find these adventures now on the sunny Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge. Sunshine and springtime wildflowers draw adventurers to the east end of the Columbia River Gorge. The views open up and you can see for miles. Oak trees […]

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Northwest Bookshelf: Best Hikes with Kids, Western Washington

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You had a baby, shelled out the cash for a primo baby carrier, and have packed all the snacks (and the ten essentials!) Only question left is: where to hike? A completely revised edition of the popular book Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington by hiking expert Susan Elderkin has just hit bookstores, and I was […]

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Free Admission Days to National Parks in 2018

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On a budget?  Our National Parks offer free admission days for 2018. The number of fee-free days has been reduced from ten days to only four days in 2018, so you’ll definitely want these days marked on your calendars! Free U.S. National Park Admission Days for 2018 January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day […]

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Act Now to Stop the National Park Entrance Fee Hike to $70 per Car

ACTION ALERT: This land is your land… but it’ll cost you! Your comments are needed now to stop a 180% increase in the admission fee for National Parks to $70 per vehicle in 2018.  When was the last time you soaked in the majesty of a giant Sitka Spruce in Olympic National Park, or meandered through […]

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Campfire Bans for September 2017

Taking a camping trip this weekend?  Pack your gear using our handy Car Camping Checklist and you won’t forget anything, ever. UPDATED: September 1, 2017 Going camping? There are campfire restrictions in place. In fact, 2017 marks the fifth summer in a row that has seen restrictions on campfires in the Northwest. It seems it is our new normal. […]

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Camping Coffee Six Ways

When I plan a camping trip there are a few comforts that are non-negotiable, even when hiking deep into the backcountry. One is warmth, and I have a ridiculously low-temp sleeping bag with a waterproof shell to ensure I will never again stay up all night shivering.  The other is hot morning coffee, preferably ready […]

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