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Caption: A family enjoys rafting on the Deschutes River in Bend, Oregon. is a comprehensive online recreational guide geared to the interests of Pacific Northwest adventurers. caters to adventurers with the time, desire and resources to follow their passion for exploring the great Northwest. Our content-rich website presents timely posts on popular Northwest […]

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Solar storms are common occurance

Caption: While solar storms may be harmful to our communications technologies, they are also behind the amazing galactic light show visible from some northern latitudes in winter called the Aurora Borealis. Credit: Keith Williams, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Are there any environmental or health risks associated with the solar storms that have been hitting the Earth […]

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Rock your world at Fort Rock Natural Area

Photos and Story by Greg Johnson, travel writer The fortress-like rock walls of Fort Rock loom over the surrounding flat, barren landscape. Fort Rock, located about 70 miles southeast of Bend, was formed an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 years ago when basalt magma rose to the bottom of an ancient lake. Hot lava and […]

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The Columbia River is a BOATER’S PARADISE!

Caption: The Hood River Marina offers a protected harbor for boats with access to the Columbia River and is a hub of local recreation and activity.  By Greg Johnson, writer Just minutes away from urbanized Portland, the Columbia River offers land lovers and boaters a virtual paradise of quaint waterfront towns, abundant wildlife, spectacular […]

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Animal rights progress is slow moving

Caption: Even though they can feel pain and show awareness of their situation, animals are still considered the property of their human owner or the land manager where they roam in the eyes of the law. Credit: Elias Tsolis, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Do wild animals have any rights under the law in the U.S. (or […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Fall hiking options on Mount Rainier

Experience fall among the brilliant changing colors on the many trails at Mount Rainier. Here are a few options: Bench and Snow Lakes: 2.6 miles, RT – Expect brilliant fall color from huckleberry and ash in expansive meadows; easy hike for the family off Stevens Canyon Road. Indian Henry’s via Kautz Creek: 11 miles, RT […]

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Climate change brings bad news for Quaking Aspen

Caption: Quaking aspens are just one type of iconic American tree species that’s losing ground against global warming. Credit: John Fowler, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: How will global warming change the distribution of trees across the continental U.S.? Which types of trees and forests are most at risk?— Mike Powers, Golden, CO It’s true that climate […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Rving in western Washington during a pandemic

Caption: Priest Rapids Recreation Area in Grant County Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Northwest RVing Blog hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. Written by Dave Helgeson Labor Day normally signals the end of the traditional camping season; the kids are back in school, youth sports […]

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Featured Northwest Events Washington

Cinema of Horrors coming to Clark County Fairgrounds

A live-action horror movie experience is coming to the Clark County Fairgrounds this October. The scariest horror blockbusters complete with monsters lurking outside your car window. This unique, drive-in experience lasts approximately two hours (depending on film length) and features high-quality sound and lighting, in-car audio, Hollywood quality makeup, monsters, and terrifying twists. You may […]

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Pacific Northwest musicians find fertile grounds for their craft

Pacific Northwest rocker Dave Grohl is the frontman and founder of the popular international group Foo Fighters. By Greg Johnson, writer The Pacific Northwest has long been a haven for some of the most dynamic and popular musicians of all time. The long list of musicians with Pacific Northwest roots includes Jim Hendrix, The […]