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Category: summer vacations
July 3, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Free map helps visitors find way to Darrington — to help it recover

Whitehorse Mountain dominates the skyline above Darrington. (photo by Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times) If you’re still looking for ideas for the holiday weekend, consider some recreation around a town that is really welcoming visitors this summer: Darrington. A new map and brochure — offered online as well as in a print version — can help you find…


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January 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

State launches new guide for Washington fishing vacations

If you’re hoping for an outdoorsy vacation around Washington this year, the state Department of Fish & Wildlife has a new online guide that might help in the planning. The agency has launched “Great Washington Getaways,” an interactive web guide to 14 areas across the state that offer scenic wonders and finned lunkers. Good places to…


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July 22, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Does a Speedo cast a pall on your beach vacation?

Peter Travis (left), the creator of the Speedo in the 1960s, stands on Australia's Bondi Beach with his Speedo-wearing nephew. (Sydney Morning Herald photo, 2008).

Peter Travis (left), the creator of the Speedo trunks  in the 1960s, stands on Australia’s Bondi Beach with his Speedo-wearing nephew. (Sydney Morning Herald photo, 2008).

It’s summer.  It’s beach-vacation time.  And that brings men in Speedo-type swimsuits, those really tight and really skimpy swimsuits that some beach-goers love and others loathe.

 Invented by an Australian, and beloved initially by competitive swimmers, men worldwide now don Speedo-type suits, little stretchy bits of nylon that leave little to the imagination.

Europeans appear to love Speedos best (hence the bathing suit’s nickname of “Euro pouch”), with young muscled hunks


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