Quarry pool
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Biking Beyond self-guided bike tour in Olympia

Photo caption: The Tenino Quarry Pool was originally a working Sandstone Quarry in the late 1800s. The self-guided bike tour, Biking Beyond, takes visitors along the Yelm-Tenino Trail near Olympia, WA. Available in both digital and print format, the guide was created to assist guests in wayfinding. Points of interests range from recreation and family […]

Stars on Mountain Rainier
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Stargazing at Sunrise

The low levels of light pollution at the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier National Park make it ideal for an evening stargazing jaunt. Overnight stargazers will need a wilderness pass. Due to the large volume of reservation requests, requests must be made at least one week  in advance of the desired trip start date and no more than one month […]

Paul Allen's home
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Paul Allen’s Mercer Island home

See Paul Allen’s Mercer Island compound and other amazing ActiveLifestylesNW.com videos in our Video Gallery. Paul Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American technology visionary, businessman, investor, and philanthropist. Alongside Bill Gates, he co-founded Microsoft in 1975. In March 2018, he was estimated to be the 44th-wealthiest person in the world, […]

Pruner tool
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Select the Right Tool for the Pruning Task

Caption: The FlexDial bypass pruner allows you to adjust the grip to fit the size of your hand, reducing fatigue when making repetitive cuts. Photo credit:  Corona Tools by Melinda Myers Deadheading, trimming, and pruning are part of growing and maintaining a beautiful and productive garden and landscape. Make sure you are outfitted with the right […]

Sitting people looking at mountain
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Get lifted at Crystal Mountain

Take a gondola ride and enjoy a hearty lunch at the Summit House atop the 6,872-foot Crystal Mountain. The Mt. Rainier Gondola lifts you 2,400 vertical feet to the summit for views of Mt. Ranier and the Cascade Range. Stop at the Summit House for pizza, pasta, soups, chili and fresh salads. The gondolas offer […]

Pink and white flower
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Grow Frilly, Bold and Unique Amaryllis This Winter

Caption:  Sweet Nymph double amaryllis has layers of creamy white petals decorated with coral pink stripes. Photo credit: photo courtesy of Longfield-Gardens.com Grow Frilly, Bold and Unique Amaryllis This Winter by Melinda Myers When squirrels are busy storing nuts for winter, it’s time for gardeners to start gathering amaryllis bulbs to sustain them through the dreary […]

Kayakes on shore of lake
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Visit Mowich Lake for amazing views

Mowich Lake in the Mount Ranier National Park is a scenic, clear body of water with views of amazing vistas. The lake campground, accessible via an unpaved section of State Highway 165, has 10 walk-in only campsites with picnic tables, tent platforms and food storage locations to keep wildlife away. The lake is a good […]

dog on dirt trail by river
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Bend dog lovers asked for advice on off-leash river access

Caption: Ruby the Mini Aussie hikes the Deschutes River. DogPAC is participating in Bend Park and Recreation District’s focus group on the Riverbank Habitat Improvements Project. The goals are to restore riparian habitat that has been impacted by informal use, and to provide sufficient formal access sites for various uses in the eight miles of […]

Haystack Rock at Canon Beach
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Canon Beach: A most beautiful place

Caption Haystack Rock towers on the shoreline of Canon Beach on the Oregon coast. Photo credit: Joni Kabana. Editor’s note: Canon Beach and Clatsop Count are in phase 2 of the covid Reopening plan. Hotels/rentals are taking guests, restaurants may offer limited seating, businesses are open with safety protocols in place. The beaches are open. The […]

Trout on a kayak
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Float your boat in Oregon

Caption: A good day of fishing and kayaking on Lava Lake in Central Oregon. Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted from Travel Oregon. By Eileen Garvin With more than 200 miles of ocean coastline, 2,000 boat-friendly lakes, and thousands of miles of rivers to explore, Oregon is a boater’s paradise. And you don’t have […]