Washington has a special trait that it shares with only nine other U.S. states, and that is sharing a land border with Canada. While that sometimes leads to concerns about border security, it also forces the two countries – and states, specifically – to foster good working relationships with each other. This can be evidenced in Washington by the enhanced driver’s licence…a relatively new way to cross from the U.S. into Canada and back into Washington State without requring the purchase of a full passport.
Since its inception, thousands of hunters have taken advantage of this ease of passage as they head north to look for big game to bring home. In British Columbia, hunters can find all kinds of animals including grizzly bear, black bear, moose, mule deer, whitetail deer, cougar, and lynx just to name a few. There are even large packs of wolves that live in B.C. whose territory runs into northeastern Washington. They can’t be hunted on our side of the border just yet, but in Canada they’re fair game. Read more
Categories: Eastern Washington, Hunting, Recreation
Tags: Africa, Black Bear, border states, British Columbia, Canada, Cougar, enhanced driver's license, grizzly bear, guide hunting, Iceland, lynx, Mexico, moose, Mozambique, mule deer, Opatcho Lake, Opatcho Lake Guide Outfitters, outfitters, Priority One Jets, rainbow trout, United States, whitetail deer, wolves
Everybody thought I was joking when I said I was taking a business trip from Olympia to Vancouver to Yakima to Spokane to Wenatchee to Everett to Bellevue to Tacoma and back to Olympia in two days. The itinerary I had laid out with Google Maps said it was a cinch and I’m the guy who enjoys driving around this beautiful state we call home. Well, I proved to everyone that it was possible…but I may now be paying the price for trying.
Categories: Central Washington, Eastern Washington, General, History, Restaurants, State Parks, Western Washington
Tags: Bellevue, Biggs Junction, Castle Rock, Chili's, Columbia Gorge, Columbia River, DoubleTree Inn, Everett, Goldendale, Google Maps, Highway 97, Hilton Hotels, Interstate 5, Interstate 82, Interstate 84, Kalama, Lewis and Clark, Maryhill, Maryhill Museum of Art, Mt. Saint Helens, Multnomah Falls, Olympia, Oregon, Oregon Trail, Paradise Point State Park, Rooster Rock, Sam Hill, Spokane, Stonehenge, Tacoma, The Dalles, Vancouver, Vantage, Washington State Legislature, Washington State Senate, Wenatchee, Wild Horse Monument, World War I, Yakima, Yakima Area Arboretum
For Fathers’ Day 2013, my dad had gotten the two of us a fishing excursion on Westport Charters in Westport, WA. Father’s Day is in June, but we had to take our trip in early August thanks to the Legislature being unable to complete its business in three consecutive sessions (yes, it still smarts). I had been looking forward to this trip for two reasons: I was anxious for some vacation time spent fishing, and I hadn’t been ocean fishing in about two decades.
My parents live in Ocean Shores, WA, which is about three nautical miles from Westport but an hour-and-a-half trip around Gray’s Harbor by car. There used to be a foot traffic ferry that ran between the Ocean Shores marina (a half-hearted collection of unkempt wooden docks lashed together) and the Westport marina (a bustling, working commercial, charter and pleasure-boat marina), however that business went under (not literally) about the time the economy tanked. Read more
Categories: Family, Fishing, Pacific Ocean, Recreation, Western Washington
Tags: anchovies, Bryce the Deckhand, Copalis, Father's Day, Gray's Harbor, herring, Legislature, ling cod, Ocean Shores, Paul Mirante, Pescatore, rock fish, sea bass, TripAdvisor, U.S. Coast Guard, Westport, Westport Charters
Due mostly to a long, arduous and particularly unpleasant legislative session (sessions, really, since we had three this year), I’ve been unable to blog with any consistency since late 2012. I know that’s not an excuse but for someone who writes every day for a living, pretty much the last thing I want to do after writing for 10 hours is come home and write some more (even if it is about a subject I love!).
However, much like working out and eating right, just because I don’t feel like doing it doesn’t mean it can fall by the wayside. Read more
You’ll now notice the “K” symbol at the bottom of our posts and pages. It’s a plugin that allows you to read the Washington, Our Home, blog on your Kindle device. As there are three Kindles in my household (one Fire and two readers), I’m excited to try it out! It’ll be great to be able to offer our content to Kindle users and I hope you find it useful as well. Please let us know in the comments section if you have a Kindle and if you plan on using it to read our blog!
Almost every year I pack up the family and head ten miles south of our Lacey home to go camping at Millersylvania State Park, and every time we make plans to take advantage of the miles of woodland trails skirting its edges. Unfortunately, for a multitude of reasons, we’ve never been able to actually hike those trails. But this weekend I was determined to spend some long-overdue and much-needed quality time in the Washington outdoors, so – since we only have one vehicle and two children – my wife dropped me off at the park entrance on her way south to the Centralia Outlet Mall. Read more
Categories: Family, Gear, Hikes, History, Recreation, State Parks, Western Washington
Tags: Bald Eagle, Canada geese, Centralia, day hike, Deep Lake, Douglas Fir, February, Hi-Tec Sierra Lite I WP, Lacey, Millersylvania State Park, Outlet Malls, Rain, Realtree AP Camouflage, springboards, Washington, Washington Trails Association, Western Hemlock