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January 15, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Get in free to state and national parks for MLK Day (and here’s a list of free days for all of 2015)

Get a close-up view of Mount Rainier on Monday when the entry fee is waived at national parks. Hoping for sledding? Sorry, the Paradise snow-play area doesn’t yet have sufficient snow. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks…

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November 27, 2014 at 6:31 AM

San Juans welcome holidays with new art museum (and bright lights)

An artist’s rendering of the new San Juan Islands Museum of Art, opening December 5 in Friday Harbor. Need a pre-Christmas getaway to rest up after a big Thanksgiving family gathering? The San Juan Islands have a full slate of holiday events, with an added cultural bonus: opening of a shiny new art museum in Friday…

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Comments | More in Northwest, Washington state, weekend getaways | Topics: friday harbor holidays, holiday events, san juan islands

November 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

At a glance: Ski areas open Thanksgiving weekend

Lifts weren’t running yet, but that didn’t stop Blake Taylor, 18, of Kirkland, from trying a jump at Stevens Pass ski resort Monday, Nov. 24. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) Are slopes opening for the holiday weekend? Here’s what’s been announced as of 3 p.m. Wednesday. Click on the links for latest updates. WASHINGTON More

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November 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Road to Olympic Hot Springs reopens after 3-year closure

  With dam removal, many changes have come to the Elwha River Valley. (photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) Olympic National Park’s Olympic Hot Springs Road, in the Elwha River Valley, has reopened following a three-year closure while contractors removed the Glines Canyon Dam. Visitors may now reach the Boulder Creek Trailhead, which provides hiker and…

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November 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Better forecasts are Seattle avalanche victim’s legacy, thanks to crowdfunding

Shane Coulter Winter backcountry visitors to the mountains of northeast Oregon will have access to expanded safety advisories, services and training thanks to a crowdfunding drive memorializing a Seattle skier killed last February in an avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains. Wallowa Avalanche Center, of Joseph, Ore., an information source for winter visitors to the…

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Comments | More in Northwest, Outdoors | Topics: avalanche forecasts, avalanches, crowdfunding

October 26, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Crack down on Washington beach driving? Take our poll

A car drives on the beach at Ocean Shores. (photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times) The sun had just set below the Pacific Ocean’s indigo horizon. Our Long Beach bonfire was blazing merrily in the windbreak of a drift log, and a glass of cabernet washed down some sticky s’mores rather nicely. It was…

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October 7, 2014 at 12:26 PM

See ‘blood moon’ over Seattle during Tuesday night eclipse

A lunar eclipse turned the moon red in December 2011, as seen from Everett. (photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times) The full moon turns blood red in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, during a full lunar eclipse that will likely be visible from Western Washington if clear skies prevail and early-morning fog doesn’t roll in…

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September 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Expect Olympic National Park road delays in next 10 days

Visitors to Olympic National Park in coming days should expect delays on some park roads as crews begin work to remove dirt and debris from drainage ditches.  Roads will remain open throughout the work, but some significant traffic stops are anticipated, park officials announced. Expect delays as follows: Sol Duc Road: Motorists may encounter northbound delays…

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September 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

5th graders ski for free this winter at Stevens Pass

A snowboarder takes a leap at Stevens Pass. (photo by Ken Lambert /The Seattle Times) Got a 5th grader in the family? He or she can ski or snowboard for free this winter. Keeping kids involved and interested in outdoor sports can be a challenge, but it’s a lot easier with programs such as this at Stevens…

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