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August 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

The airline reclining seat battle: And the winner is …

You the people have spoken in our completely unscientific poll about the right to recline, or not to recline,  an airline seat. Almost half of the 1,098 people who have voted so far in The Seattle Times’ online poll said the passenger sitting in the seat has the right to recline. This poll follows the rather…

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Comments | More in airlines, reclining seats | Topics: emergency landing, Knee Defender, passengers fight

August 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Chat rewind: Advice, tips on Washington’s national parks

Want some tips on where to stay,  hike or just enjoy the scenery, and scenic drives,  in Washington’s national parks? Brian Cantwell and Kristin Jackson, the travel and outdoors editors/writers for The Seattle Times, answered reader questions about about Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park in a live…

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Comments | More in national parks, Reader photos, Washington state | Topics: Mount Rainier Nationa Park, North Cascades National Park, olympic national park

August 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Guided walks on what was water at Olympic peninsula’s Elwha

Take a walk on what was once a lake on the Olympic Peninsula. Olympic National Park rangers will lead free guided walking tours four times a week starting Aug. 19 through Sept. 2, on Tuesdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,  on what was once Lake Aldwell near Port Angeles.  The lake drained away…

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Comments | More in national parks, Olympic National Park, Parks | Topics: Elwha dam, guided ranger walks, Lake Aldwell

August 7, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Wind, rain, massive surf for Big Island as hurricane nears

Here’s what the Big Island of Hawaii faces Thursday afternoon and evening as Hurricane Iselle makes landfall, with sustained winds of about 75 mp expected along with torrential rain and high surf/storm surge. This advisory below is from the National Weather Service’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center, which will issue new alerts  through the afternoon…

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Hurricanes | Topics: Big Island, Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Hurricane Iselle

August 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Airlines, hotels drop change fees as hurricane heads to Hawaii

With Hurricane Iselle bearing down on Hawaii, airlines are letting travelers waive flight-change fees and some are offering refunds/credit for passengers who want to cancel completely. And they’re warning passengers that flights to and from the islands could be disrupted on Aug. 7-8. Hotels such as the major Outrigger chain, with dozens of properties in Hawaii, …

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Comments | More in Hawaii, Hurricanes | Topics: Alaska Airlines, Delta Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines

August 4, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Come visit, urge officials in Wash. wildfire areas

Tourism officials in Washington’s wildfire areas, from Leavenworth to Chelan and the Methow Valley, are busy reassuring travelers that they’re open for business — and dearly want visitors. “We have received numerous calls and inquiries regarding the fire, smoke, and related closures, and having just returned from a three-day tour of the region myself I can…

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Comments | More in Washington tourism, wildfires | Topics: Cascade Loop Scenic Highway, chelan, Leavenworth

August 4, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Methow Valley deals with wildfires, wild weather at height of tourist season

Weeks of wildfires. Tree-toppling wild winds this past weekend. Evacuations and power outages. At what’s normally the height of the summer tourist season, the Methow Valley in north-central Washington has been dealing with the forces of natures that have severely impacted local life — and tourism. Sun Mountain Lodge near Winthrop, one of the loveliest lodges…

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Comments | More in Methow Valley, wildfires | Topics: Carlton Complex Fire, Carlton Complex wildfire, Rising Eagle Road fire

August 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

No cars, just bikes, at Olympic’s Hurricane Ridge on Sunday morning

Look, no cars! Bicyclists will get the very scenic (and steep) Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park to themselves on Sunday morning, Aug. 3. Called “Ride the Hurricane,” it’s an annual recreational ride for all ages with the  road closed to vehicles from 6 a.m. to noon.  Hurricane Ridge Road winds up through the…

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Comments | More in Olympic National Park | Topics: bike ride, Ride the Hurricane

July 31, 2014 at 2:57 PM

A flood of lovely national-park photos: Submit yours

Today’s the last day to submit your photos of Washington’s national parks for our Seattle Times photo contest. There’s been a flood of photos – more than 350 and still counting. The majority are of Mount Rainier National Park which looms large in Washingtonians’ psyches and lives. But there also have been some lovely photos submitted…

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Comments | More in national parks, North Cascades National Park, photo contest | Topics: mount rainier national park, North Cascades National Park, olympic national park

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