Camping and Outdoors

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 April showers 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 spring rain and shrouded in mist. We happen to live in a glorious temperate rain forest. With the right […]

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Day Hikes and Cheap Sleeps 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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BOOK: Best Hikes with Kids, Western Washington

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

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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Five Great Urban Paddle Day Trips in the Pacific Northwest

One of the greatest assets of living near so much water is getting out into it. In much of the Pacific Northwest, our cities and neighborhoods are literally surrounded by sparkling bodies of water—rivers, small lakes, large lakes and even a big, beautiful saltwater sound. And while all this water is lovely to look at, it’s […]

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Waterfall Weekend: Columbia River Gorge

I know it’s unconventional, but I don’t subscribe to the idea of “summer vacation.” Here’s the deal: my family takes our vacations in small, weekend-sized chunks close to our home base of Seattle. With our energy-filled son in tow, we combine outdoor activities like day hiking with exploring small towns or visiting local wineries. Local, bite-sized […]

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