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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 4, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Two Washington climbers finalists for prestigious ‘Golden Ice Axe’

Two Washington climbers are just returning from France and Italy, where they were finalists for the prestigious Piolet d’Or (French for “Golden Ice Axe”), a juried climbing award given by the French magazine Montagnes (“Mountains”) and The Groupe de Haute Mantagne since 1991. The award recognizes a particular mountain climb for originality, innovative nature of the…

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0 Comments | Topics: climbing awards, Golden Ice Axe, mountaineering

March 26, 2014 at 4:12 PM

3 getaways for this weekend, from Long Beach Peninsula to Paradise

So there hasn’t been a lot of “lamb” about this March around Seattle. It’s been mostly a really cranky lion — with almost 5 inches more rain than normal for the month. Need a change of scene? Here are three quick ideas to get you out of town:

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0 Comments | More in List, national parks, Northwest, Parks, snow sports, weekend getaways | Topics: kite flying, kite museum, Long Beach

March 20, 2014 at 12:37 PM

It’s officially spring, and Skagit Valley is officially full of daffodils

Happy first day of spring (which began at 9:57 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Thursday). If you need a life-affirming outing that will truly convince you it’s spring, head for the Skagit Valley, where daffodil fields are near full bloom, according to the official bloom map on www.tulips.com, the website for Mount Vernon-based Washington…

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0 Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors, Washington state, weekend getaways | Topics: bloom map, daffodils, first day of spring

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