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August 1, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Get outta town: 3 quick ideas, from sunflowers to axe throwing

Not to trash Seafair, but everyone has their loves and not-so-muches. Do hydroplanes give you headaches? Need to leave town this weekend? Here are a few ideas:

GO SOUTH

See 70 varieties of sunflowers in bloom -- and maybe a bee or two -- in Hood River, Ore. (photo by Jimmy May / The Associated Press)

See 70 varieties of sunflowers in bloom — and maybe a bee or two — in Hood River, Ore. (photo by Jimmy May / The Associated Press)

Hood River, Ore., has its Van Gogh Days festival, celebrating 70 kinds of sunflowers in bloom at Hood River’s Rasmussen Farms. Live music, free wine tasting from Hood River Vineyards, food cart, quilt show, vegetable games (hey, zucchini can be fun) and a treasure hunt. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, free admission.

GO NORTH

Have you been contemplating a summer soiree at Whistler? And you’ve always had a fascination with axe throwing? Indulge both whims. On the way to Whistler, stop along the Sea to Sky Highway in Squamish, B.C., for this weekend’s Squamish Days Logger Sports Festival. Events range include tree climbing, tree topping, a Chokerman’s Race, speed bucking, and, yes, axe throwing. Some events are free, others $5 to $10, Thursday through Monday.

GO SOUTH

Fans of classy old cars and classy old buildings can get a double dose at the Columbia River Concours d’Elegance and Car Show, which focuses on the cars of race-car driver Carroll Shelby. The show is in Vancouver, Wash., this Sunday on Officers Row, the elegantly restored officers quarters for the historic Vancouver Barracks. General admission $15. Bonus: Join a Concours tour of scenic Clark County back roads on Saturday.

 

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