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March 28, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas for your weekend (March 29-31)

Do you have Easter Bunny phobia, the way some people are frightened of clowns? Do you really need to get away from the neighborhood Easter carnival? Here are three excuses to get you out of town.

GO SOUTH

Have a whale of a weekend. Saturday is the final day of Spring Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast — and stretching up to Ilwaco, Wash., as well.

The flukes of a gray whale's tail splash the ocean surface. (photo by Allen J. Schaben / McClatchy Newspapers)

The flukes of a gray whale’s tail splash the ocean surface. (photo by Allen J. Schaben / McClatchy Newspapers)

Look for “Whale Watching Spoken Here” signs at 24 sites along the coast (Cape Disappointment State Park at Ilwaco is the closest to Seattle). Trained volunteers will be on hand daily through Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to help you spot migrating gray whales on their way back from calving grounds in Baja, Mexico, and heading to summer feeding grounds off Alaska. About 18,000 whales will pass by from March through June. Here’s a map and more information on the interpretive program. Bring binoculars.

GO NORTH

Celebrate April Fool’s Day weekend in Victoria, B.C., where the popular Royal B.C. Museum has its April Fool’s Scavenger Hunt. Airplane in the coal mine? Cat-food tins in the fish cannery? Thirty unusual objects will be in odd places around the museum from Friday through Monday in observance of April Fool’s Day. Some of the items are obviously out of place, but others will be much harder to figure out. Test your observation skills. Included with museum admission, $10-$16.

GO EAST

Watch pigs fly, among other things, as Mission Ridge ski area near Wenatchee hosts its 13th annual Dummy Downhill. Participants in this quirky event use their creativity to present a non-human dummy on either skis or a snowboard, then send it down a snow jump. Watch this video to get an idea of what you’re likely to see flying down the slopes — from papier-mâché pigs to the Incredible Hulk. Prizes are given in categories ranging from “Most Creative” to “Best Carnage.” A rule I like: “No motorization or explosives allowed.” It’s at 4 p.m. Saturday.

 

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