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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…


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, …


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…


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…


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…


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…


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

July 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Pearrygin Lake park reopens in Methow; Alta Lake park still closed

Pearrygin Lake State Park has reopened in Washington’s Methow Valley after being closed since July 18 because of a massive wildfire in the area and power outages. The park is popular for swimming and camping; it wasn’t burned by the Carlton complex wildfire which has destroyed more than 300 houses and burned more than…


Comments | More in Washington State Parks, wildfires | Topics: Alta Lake State Park, Carlton Complex wildfire, Pearrygin Lake State Park

July 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Readers’ lovely photos of Washington’s national parks

You really, really  love “The Mountain.” That’s very clear, judging from the dozens and dozens of photos of Mount Rainier submitted to The Seattle Times’ national-park photo contest. We’re looking for your good photos from the three big national parks in Washington state – Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park. We’ll…


Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park | Topics: national parks photo contest, Seattle Times photo contest

July 22, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Flights to Tel Aviv banned; here’s the fine print

Here’s the fine print from the FAA on banning U.S.  airlines’  flights to Tel Aviv, Israel,  after a rocket landed near the airport. ——————— FAA Statement–Notice to Airmen Issued for Ben Gurion International Airport At 12:15 EST on July 22, 2014, the FAA issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from…


Comments | More in airlines, airports, security | Topics: FAA, flight ban, Tel Aviv

July 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Too close to wild things on Olympic park trail

I wanted to keep hiking along a trail in Olympic National Park, but the animals got there first. I came around a rocky outcrop on a Hurricane Ridge trail recently to find  a mountain goat (feeling protective, with a baby goat nearby) on one  side of the trail, a curious deer on the other. I definitely did…


Comments | More in mountain goats, Olympic National Park | Topics: goat management, mount rainier national park

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