Troll Haven, Washington

    8/29/13 •

    …of trolls, dragons and other mythical Norse figures that adorn the magnificent turreted mansion and other buildings. Look closely at the barn–trolls hold the roof up! Sequim (pronounced “squim”) is on U.S. Highway 101 in northwestern Washington, about halfway between Olympic National Park and Port Townsend. Troll Haven (950 Gardiner Beach Rd.) is about 12…

    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…

    Snoqualmie Falls, Washington: Taller Than Niagara Falls

    12/13/17 •

    …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…

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

    10/31/15 •

    …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…

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

    6/27/17 •

    …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….

    50+ Things to Do In Bonaire

    3/16/15 •

    …the Washington-Slagbaai National Park. Guided snorkeling trips are available aboard breezy sailboat trips and at most dive shops. Stroll through Kralendijk, Bonaire’s capital, and shop for bargains and one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Hike in Washington-Slagbaai National Park with a knowledgeable tour guide and learn about the birds, lizards, goats, iguanas and more. Don’t miss the museum at…

    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…

    Presidential Pet Museum, Maryland: Some Presidents Had Unusual Pets

    1/07/16 •

    …just a 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…

    Guide to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    1/02/17 •

    …for 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….

    Alaska Marine Ferry

    11/26/17 •

    …tour schedule, 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…

    Chinchilla Colors (41)

    8/31/12 •

    …Velvet Black velvets are very much sought after. Although largely black, the color transitions to grey on the sides and to white for the belly area. They have dark ears and dark eyes. The first black velvet chinchilla was born 1956 on the farm of Bob Gunning of Washington. There is a lethal factor attached…

    Hope Cemetery in Barre, Vermont: An Unusual Local Attraction

    12/10/12 •

    …in front of the Vermont Historical Society building on Washington Street commemorates the Scottish poet Robert Burns… another in Dente Park on Main Street pays homage to the town’s community of Italian artisans… and a third in front of City Hall on Main Street honors servicemen and women who served in World War I. You…

    Newport, Rhode Island: One of the Best Ports in New England

    12/20/16 •

    …in 1726. George Washington used to be a regular in Pew 81. The church is noted for its three-tiered wineglass pulpit, the only one in the nation, and Tiffany windows. The seaside Cliff Walk–a 3-1/2-mile National Recreation Trail–is a splendid way to appreciate Newport’s natural and man-made beauty, with crashing surf below and the mansions…

    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…

    What to See and Do in New Castle, Delaware

    8/17/17 •

    …Independence–plus an 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…

    Pet Alligators (Allgatoridae): What You Need To Know

    6/10/13 •

    …happen, 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…

    How to Choose and Use a Survival Knife (1)

    11/27/17 •

    …in Washington state, in a village that had been covered by a mudslide some 2,500 years ago, archaeologists found elegant little slicing knives that are easy to reproduce. Only a small stone flake is required, but it must be thin and very sharp. A green stick 7-9″ (18-23cm) long serves as the handle. Willow works…

    Purchasing and Quarantining Pet Lizards

    10/10/17 •

    …species, 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…

    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…

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

    9/30/13 •

    …sites in 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…

    First Aid for Electric Shock

    2/03/15 •

    …having 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,…

    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 —…

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

    10/07/15 •

    …a disastrous 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…

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

    12/11/15 •

    …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….

    How To Tighten Loose Skin After Significant Weight Loss

    1/14/13 •

    …you’ve been carrying around sagging, chafing excess skin, those risks will likely be outweighed by the benefits. Talk to your doctor to find out if you could be a candidate for surgery. Those risks are outweighed by the benefits. Author Bio: Sara Thompson is a copywriter for Northwest Weight Loss Surgery in Everett, Washington