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NW Trails: Hiking the San Juan Islands

Hiking the San Jaun Islands

Looking for an excellent springtime hiking destination? Set your sails (literally) for the San Juan Islands.
Situated between the Straits of Georgia and Juan de Fuca, the San Juans are surrounded by some of the most stunning…

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Camping , Features , Hiking

Cycling: Velodrome


The Northwest is home to several of the nation’s most well-known and most beloved velodromes.

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Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

Yvon Chouinard

“I’ve never considered myself a businessman,” said 66-year-old Yvon Chouinard, during his recent visit to Portland. “Businessmen are greaseballs.” Whether he likes it or not, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard…

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Features , Misc

On the Northwest Brewpub Trail

Cheers! Pike Brewery owners Charles and Rose Ann Finkel enjoy some down time at their Pike Place brew pub. Photo courtesy of Pike Brewery

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy,” Benjamin Franklin famously remarked. It’s a philosophy that the Pacific Northwest heartily embraces, judging by the recent craft beer craze and sheer number of small brewpubs in the region…

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Features , Misc

Cycling Book Reviews: March/April 2011


Into bike racing? Check out these two recent releases by Human Kinetics: Mastering Cycling by John Howard, and Cycling Fast by Robert Panzera.

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Book Reviews , Cycling , Reviews

Eco-Travel in our own backyard

Mt. Bachelor provides a spectacular backdrop  to canoeists paddling in Hosmer Lake near Bend, Ore.  Photo by Christian Heeb/Wanderlust Tours

There is an old saying popular with park rangers and campers when enjoying the great outdoors: “Take only pictures and leave only footprints.”…

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Features , Hiking , Travel , Watersports

Internet zaps Tacoma outdoors icon

Ken Campbell

I suppose I’ve always known it would happen. With new gear arriving every day and an optimistic feeling that maybe the economy is on the rebound, I wasn’t really expecting it to happen right now but when things end…

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Features , Misc

Bike Swapper: Clipless in Seattle

Clipless in Seattle

I feel like I have come through the far side of winter since trading in my car for a bike last fall and pedaling through all kinds of winter weather. Finally, I can now speak of spring…

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Cycling , Features , Home

Bike Swapper: Shifting into Snow Gear


In many ways the car-for-bike trade has made my life less complicated. I now calculate all my activities and how I will get things done. Is it of real value to go to a certain store or movie theater and is it in my best interest to walk or get on my bike?

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Cycling , Features

NW Trails: Urban Hiking


You’ll have a hard time finding a major metropolitan area in America more integrated with nature than Portland, fondly dubbed “the Rose City.”

A leader in land planning, green belting and trail development, Portland is the type of urban area that a rural dweller can love.

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Features , Hiking