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Fall dreaming

Oh Pacific Northwest, why do you make me love you so? Everyone always talks about how our summers are the best kept secret, and don't tell anyone how fantastic they are because more of those dang Californians will move up here (hint: they don't usually last through the winter), but

Summer adventures

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Summer adventures

You know that friend? The one who comes over for a party but doesn't have a clue it's long past time to leave? Having had too much to drink, they rant about some mean ex and keep raiding the fridge. No. End. In. Sight. Well this week I'm on pins

2016 Best of Olympia: Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

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2016 Best of Olympia: Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

I'm not a birder. In theory I should be. I mean, I love nature, animals, seeing animals in their world, any reason to get outside and any excuse to travel. Being a birder would facilitate all of these things, but nothing seems more boring to me. Looking through binoculars at

Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail

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Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail

Recently, my oldest and dearest friend came home for a visit. She's a fancy city slicker now, hailing from New York City. Not Brooklyn or another borough. NYC proper. Naturally, I usually trek up to Seattle and go to some hip, new restaurant for our annual catch up. But this

Take a hike

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Take a hike

Currently, Grandview, the road in front of the U.S. Open is closed until after the tournament, more than a week later. Your opportunity to has come to an end. But, once the hoopla is over, you may return, and the best way to check out the enhancements and changes is on

A running adventure

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A running adventure

Running. I have a love/hate relationship with running. Hold on ... who am I kidding? I hate running. I have been a terrible runner my entire life. I was that kid who wheezed my way across the field during PE class. I played defense in soccer because they ran less. I ... well you get

Rock Climbing 101

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Rock Climbing 101

Rock climbing is a sport everyone I know wants to try but very few actually do. Every time I post a photo on Instagram or complain about my latest set of bruises I inevitably get a follow up from some one of "(sigh) I've always wanted to try that." My

The Cushman Trail

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The Cushman Trail

It's coming. What you ask? The Open. The 2015 US Open. One of the largest golf events in the country (the world?) will be held in June at our very own Chambers Bay. And it is rapidly approaching like a ginormous, bloated Jabba the Hutt, taking everything over in its path. I'm very fond

Outdoor Addict: A day at Copalis Beach

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Outdoor Addict: A day at Copalis Beach

Sometimes you just want to get away. Not in an epic, across the world adventure way. Just in a run off to Southern California for the weekend so I can run on the beach way. Ya feel me? And then the credit card bill from Christmas comes. Womp womp. Let just

Dungeness Spit

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Dungeness Spit

One of the fabulous things about the Pacific Northwest is that no matter how long you've been here, I can probably come up with a place you've never been. I don't mean some obscure little town, although those are fun. I mean a legit place most people have heard of,

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Outdoor Addict: Outdoorsy gifting guide of 2014

My family keeps asking the only question I hate more than "are we there yet?" "What do you want for Christmas?" Ugh. So in an effort to appease my own family and provide inspiration for any outdoor enthusiasts in your life, here's a list that ranges from Trump style to starving student.   REI

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Outdoor Addict: Down the rabbit hole

I had grand ambitions this weekend. I had a stern talk with my ankle to bring it in line. I had an adventuring partner and a destination. Oh yes. We headed out to the Greenwater area for a short easy hike. Problem number one? Despite a promising weather forecast of

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Outdoor Addict: Great Ankle Fiasco of 2013

JUST DO IT >>> It's time for a confession dear readers. It's been three weeks since my last outdoor adventure. Sure I've talked about little hellions, err darling children, at the Nature Center and kidnapped a dog, but I haven't really adventured. I haven't been out freezing my buns off last

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Outdoor Addict: Where to take kidnapped dogs

Well dear readers, my outdoor addiction has stopped to a new low today. The weather gets nice and everyone brings out their dogs and I get dog envy. So, like any good addict, I decided to get my fix by whatever means necessary. Yes dear readers, I kidnapped a dog

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Outdoor Addict: Small children don't cramp your style at Tacoma Nature Center

I know the truth dear readers. Some of you have a dirty little secret. You read the Volcano to stay hip and relevant. To always know where the new hottest spot is, or the best sandwich and beer can be had. You read us so there is never a question

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Outdoor Addict: Where the Ewoks and legislature roam

Every year, the city of Olympia changes when the legislature is in session. It's like the great migration in Africa. The political operatives descend from all over the state. Eager young staffers in suits rush around, middle aged staffers roll their eyes, and legislators occasionally produce titillating stories. You can

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Outdoor Addict: Stun cranky Seattle-ites at Chambers Bay

IT'S IN YOUR FREAKIN' BACKYARD! >>> Y'all I have got to rant about something for a minute. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the country, and yet all I hear about from my friends who don't live here is how awful the rain must be. How could

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Outdoor Addict: The Foothills Trail

A BREAK FROM THE CITY >>> So the other day I was enjoying the trails at Point Defiance. They are one of my favorite easy escapes from the city. Plodding along on the trails, mud on my shoes, admiring the first signs of spring, listening to the birds, breathing the fresh

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Outdoor Addict: Stroll beyond the kissing couples at Owen Beach

Oh Pacific Northwesterners. You amuse me sometimes. That first sunny, above 50 degrees day is always so entertaining. It's like you've never seen the sun before. Quick! Everyone all at once get your dose of vitamin D! This behavior is completely justified given our constant state of grey the past

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Outdoor Addict: Scenic Beach State Park vs. the villain

I must confess dear reader, that I have a problem. You see, when two of my girlfriends recently texted me asking if I wanted to go camping on the beach my instant reaction was, "well duh, who wouldn't?" This would be normal if it was July. But it's not. It's

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