Washington

    Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, Washington: Turning Sheep's Wool Turn Into Fabric (1)

    2/28/20 •

    Until we toured the Pendleton Woolen Mills in Washougal, Washington, we had no idea how much goes into turning sheep’s wool into fabric. The fascinating tours begin and end at the company’s outlet store, which offers a large selection of Pendleton clothing, blankets and fabric. A knowledgeable and friendly guide, Jeanette, patiently answered lots of…

    Cape Flattery, Washington: The Northwesternmost Point in the Continental US

    5/18/17 •

    My husband and I recently took a long-awaited trip in our motor home to the Northwest, where we saw amazing places like Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. But one of the highlights of the entire trip was a little-known spot in Washington: Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost point in the continental United States. The manager of…

    Snoqualmie Falls, Washington: Taller Than Niagara Falls

    4/28/20 •

    This thundering cascade in central Washington is taller than Niagara Falls. Every time we see Snoqualmie Falls, we’re amazed by its beauty and power. The waters plunge dramatically from a height of 268 feet, almost 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls, and the mist from the gorge below often rises all the way to the…

    Troll Haven, Washington

    2/22/19 •

    Locals told us to see little-known Troll Haven, an attraction outside Sequim on northwestern Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. We’re glad we took their advice–what a place! As we drove through rural countryside, unsure if we were going the right way, we were encouraged when we passed fanciful carved fence posts shaped like trolls. And when we…

    George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving in Snoqualmie, Washington (1)

    9/02/20 •

    Like many towns in Washington, Snoqualmie started as a logging center, a heritage that’s kept alive in the George Kenny School of Chainsaw Carving downtown. A self-taught champion carver, George runs one of the few such schools in North America, and exhibits his and his student’s creations in his gallery and gift shop. Even if…

    Boehms Candy Kitchen in Issaquah, Washington: Chocolate Shop and Museum In One

    2/19/15 •

    We have a suggestion if you visit our hometown of Issaquah, Washington. Take your sweet time and visit Boehms Candy Kitchen, a chocolate shop and art museum rolled into one. Above the store is the Edelweiss Chalet, a residence that founder Julius Boehms built in 1956 to house his astonishing collection of art objects and…

    50+ Things to Do In Bonaire

    3/16/15 •

    …private or group lessons can be arranged for beginners and advanced windsurfers. Enjoy the excitement of gamefishing. Book day and half-day boat charters to catch marlin, sailfish, wahoo, dorado or tuna. Most fishing is done just minutes off Bonaire’s coast. Snorkel just about anywhere along the west coast and at designated areas in the Washington-Slagbaai…

    Countries That Legalized the Use of CBD Products

    8/19/20 •

    …are allowed for recreational and medicinal use. Such states include Oregon, Michigan, Colorado, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Maine, Washington DC, and Nevada. • Blue states Blue states are the ones in which medicinal CBD and CBD oils are allowed but may require a prescription. Examples of such states include Connecticut, Arizona, Delaware, Arkansas, Florida, Maryland, New…

    Presidential Pet Museum, Maryland: Some Presidents Had Unusual Pets

    1/07/16 •

    …few of the surprises I found at the Presidential Pet Museum outside Washington, D.C., in Lothian, Maryland. This quirky little find, run by friendly Claire McLean, who’s a professional dog groomer, breeder and judge, preserves more than 1,500 presidential pet artifacts and photos. I was fascinated to learn that presidents have served as veritable zookeepers,…

    Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    10/19/20 •

    …continuing your drive. You can make a beeline for the Great Smoky Mountains via the interstates (I-64 west to I-81 south) or continue south and take the Blue Ridge Parkway through the George Washington National Forest. The Blue Ridge Parkway is scenic especially if the sky is clear or the leaves are turning color. However,…

    Seattle Travel Itinerary: Weekend Getaways and More

    10/22/19 •

    …cafes spread across the city. For something a little more fourth-wave, Mr West Cafe Bar is as hip as they come, and does a mean avocado toast for breakfast. Once you are refreshed and ready to go, take a walk through Washington Park Arboretum. There’s an extraordinary array of plants and flowers from around the…

    Rock City: A National Natural Landmark in Kansas (1)

    2/13/17 •

    You should definitely stop and see Rock City if you’re traveling in central Kansas near Minneapolis, the boyhood town of George Washington Carver. Rock City is one of only three National Natural Landmarks in Kansas. It features roughly 200 huge sandstone rock formations called concretions — masses of sandstone cemented together millions of years ago…

    What to See and Do in New Castle, Delaware

    8/17/17 •

    …epitaph written by Benjamin Franklin! A knowledgeable guide at the historic Dutch House told us about another local legacy of the famous patriot and inventor–his “busybody”. We noticed many homes outfitted with this three-mirror contraption, which allows those inside to see who’s approaching. Don’t miss elegant Amstel House, where George Washington attended a wedding, and…

    Pet Alligators (Allgatoridae): What You Need To Know

    2/09/21 •

    …though, that alligators and caimans that have not bred true to type do exhibit jaw deformities with the teeth disposed to the outside. All Alligatoridae are severely endangered by the hunt for skins for the leather industry and therefore are protected by the Washington Endangered Species Agreement. Of the whole family of alligators, only the…

    4 Addiction Relapse Triggers to Avoid in 2020

    1/17/20 •

    …is through: Support Networks (family, friends, sponsors, addiction specialists and others) Learning the Coping Skills Required Identifying & Understanding an Individual’s Own Relapse Triggers Relapse Prevention Plan Continuing Therapy (for example, another addiction treatment program, such as outpatient rehab in Seattle or elsewhere in Washington state) Nutrition & Exercise Treatment for Other Illnesses or Disorders…

    Alaska Marine Ferry

    11/26/17 •

    …we browsed to our heart’s content in places like Ketchikan, Juneau, Sitka, Haines and Skagway. We elected to sail from Bellingham, Washington all the way to Skagway, which is as far north as the ferry travels. The first leg of our journey involved a 36-hour ride to Ketchikan, which required two overnight stays on the…

    Purchasing and Quarantining Pet Lizards

    10/10/17 •

    …the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Flora and Fauna (hereafter, the Washington Agreement or WA), was entered into on July 1, 1975, to regulate the traffic in living animals of those species designated endangered. Because a large number of reptiles are listed in the appendices to the WA, the agreement…

    Smokey Bear Historical Park in Capitan, New Mexico: Home To Smokey the Bear

    9/08/19 •

    …fire in the Capitan Mountains. A forest ranger nursed the burned cub back to health, and it became the living representation of Smokey, residing for years at the famous National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The park offers exhibits on forest fires, a video about the history of the Smokey Bear campaign and the grave site…

    Fort Clatsop, Oregon: Part of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park

    9/30/13 •

    Washington and Oregon. The site includes an authentic replica of the fort, just 50 feet square. We sat in replicas of the Corps of Discovery’s dugout canoes–none too large or comfortable! We also had fun participating in a fire-starting demonstration, one of several programs led by costumed rangers during summer. Astoria is where U.S. Highways…

    First Aid for Electric Shock

    4/09/21 •

    …the proper qualifications or the proper tools. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Washington, in the U.S. there are about 350 electrical related deaths per year, and another 2,500 non-fatal electrically related accidents. About 7 children per day seek medical help because of electrocution each year. In addition to personal injury, electrical…

    How to Grow Hemp Legally

    12/15/20 •

    …recommended locations are Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, Vermont, Washington and Oregon. Sowing Seeds When growing hemp, it’s important to sow the seeds correctly to make sure that it grows in the right way. You want to make sure you are tilling the soil before planting seeds as there’s no herbicides labeled…

    How to Choose and Use a Survival Knife (3)

    11/27/17 •

    …or strips of bark. For that matter, the stick may not be needed if sufficient wraps of binding material are placed around the tang. Making a Hoko Knife At an archaeological site on the Hoko River on the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state, in a village that had been covered by a…

    Stained Glass Manor of Vicksburg, Mississippi: Stay a Night or Take a Tour

    5/08/17 •

    Civil war buffs who visit Vicksburg, Mississippi shouldn’t miss Stained Glass Manor, a bed-and-breakfast that offers public tours. Our guide, owner Bill Smollen, regaled us with tales of local history. He told us the home was built by a descendant of town founder Burwell Vick. Designed in 1902 by George Washington Maher — who taught…

    Missouri Hick Bar-B-Q near Cuba in Missouri: Tasty Platters of Meat Await

    12/11/15 •

    …recommend Missouri Hick! Cuba is where State Highway 19 meets I-44 (Exit 208) in east-central Missouri, about 75 miles southwest of downtown St. Louis. Missouri Hick (913 E. Washington St.; 1-573-885-6791) is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday; open an hour later on Friday through Saturday and closed Monday….

    Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum, Saunderstown, Rhode Island

    9/02/16 •

    Tucked away in charming Saunderstown, Rhode Island, our family found the unique Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum. Stuart, who painted the portrait of George Washington found on the U.S. 1-dollar bill, grew up on this pretty site, which houses other works by the master portrait painter. Girls in period dress showed us around the restored…