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April 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Free days at Mount Rainier, but still winter in Paradise

America’s national parks will be fee-free on April 19 and April 20, including Mount Rainier National Park. (Washington state parks are fee-free on April 19 and on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day) But don’t go rushing up to Paradise, the visitor area at  5,400 feet on Mount Rainier, expecting to take a hike or…

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0 Comments | More in national parks, state parks | Topics: fee-free days, lowland hikes, Mount Baker

April 16, 2014 at 8:50 PM

It’s confirmed: Tulips are blooming in the Skagit Valley

The tulips are in full bloom in the Skagit Valley, in case you weren’t sure. Here are a couple of photos I took on Tuesday on a drive through the valley. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival events continue through the end of April. This was the message online Wednesday from Washington Bulb Co., which owns most…

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0 Comments | Topics: Skagit Valley, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Skagit Valley tulips

April 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

New trails add to fun as Tiger Mountain biking opens for season

Mountain-biking season opened over the weekend on Tiger Mountain, southeast of Issaquah, with a new 3-mile trail link extending the east Tiger Mountain trail system to 12 miles. The Washington Department of Natural Resources partnered with Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance to construct the new Joy Ride Trail and a rerouted Silent Swamp Trail. Another new…

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0 Comments | Topics: Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, mountain biking, mountain biking trails

April 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

It’s whale-watch season as grays visit Whidbey Island waters

The gray whales are here. This will be the second weekend of the season for scheduled outings on the Victoria Clipper III to search for gray whales between Seattle and Coupeville, on Whidbey Island. The boat transits Possession Sound and Saratoga Passage along the way. The Clipper outings claimed 100 percent whale sightings in 2013, and last…

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0 Comments | More in Cruises, Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: Deception Pass Tours, gray whales, Langley Whale Center

April 8, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Digging out the North Cascades Highway

High up in north-central Washington’s rugged mountains, crews are once again digging out the snow-buried North Cascades Highway. The road is a scenic short cut, through craggy mountains and forests, between Western Washington and the Methow Valley and gives access to high-country hiking. About 40 miles of the highway, also known as State Route 20,  is closed each winter because of  snowfall…

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0 Comments | More in North Cascades, North Cascades Highway | Topics: North Cascades Highway opening day, Washington DOT

April 7, 2014 at 3:35 PM

No go! for Hawaii travelers after airline shuts down

If you’re looking to book flights between Hawaii’s islands, you’ve got one less airline to choose from. The inter-island carrier go! has stopped all inter-island flights after struggling financially. Its parent company, the Arizona-based Mesa Airlines, is pulling the planes back to the mainland U.S. for code-share flights with United Airlines and US Airways. Go! had operated…

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0 Comments | More in airlines, Hawaii | Topics: go! Airlines

April 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Sea-Tac Airport gets high marks from passengers

They like Sea-Tac Airport, they really do. Sea-Tac has ranked highly in the Skytrax World Airport awards. The Port of Seattle, which runs Sea-Tac, said the airport was voted into the top ten of four Skytrax categories. They are: – Ranked #3  for Best Airport Staff in the world (last year, Sea-Tac  was ranked #1 in that category). -  #4 for…

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0 Comments | More in airlines, airports, Sea-Tac Airport | Topics: Skytrax awards

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