Save the Whistler Canyon Trailhead!

December 11, 2013

The Whistler Canyon Trail (Hike no. 2 in my Day Hiking Eastern Washington book) is a gem. Located just south of Oroville, this Okanogan River Valley Trail is part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. One of the best places in the state to see California bighorn sheep, this trail also offers stunning valley…

Of Swans, snow geese, and eagles

December 10, 2013

I absolutely love this time of year in the Skagit Valley. While western Washington lacks the distinct hard seasonal changes that I loved back east–the seasonal changes here are measured differently-and they are distinct. Winter begins in November with the arrival of tens of thousands of wintering snow geese and trumpeter and tundra swans. A…

I love the Cold! It brings warmth to my heart!

December 4, 2013

Well, here we go again with another sub-freezing blast for Western Washington. I love it! Why you ask as many of my fellow Northwesterners are hunkered down in their toasty homes? Nostalgia for one. While I have been living in Western Washington for 24 years now, I still miss my native New England from time…

What an October!

November 6, 2013

Last week was the first week since May that I did not head off for a 2-4 day trip to research trails for writing and mapping projects. While I welcome the reprieve over the next few months from constantly being-on-the-go, I must admit that I am going through hiking withdrawals. Yes, I have lots of…

Wagonwheel Lake-You’ll bust an axle on this one!

October 27, 2013

I recently returned to the Staircase Area of Olympic National Park to tackle (actually track for a new Green Trails Map) one of area’s steepest trails-Wagonwheel Lake. The sign at the trailhead warns that you’ll climb 3,200 feet in 2.9 miles. Which isn’t entirely true as the first .4 mile you’ll gain only 200 feet and…

Smith Creek Butte–Going where no guidebook author has gone before!

October 26, 2013

One of the many things that I take in pride in my books-and a factor that many of you have told me that you appreciate-is the fact that I include many trails in my guides not found in any other books (and websites). Of course I include the popular trails–how could I not? But the…

Day Hiking Eastern Washington

May 25, 2013

Kettles-Selkirks – Columbia Plateau – Blue Mountains Authors: Craig Romano and Rich Landers| Publisher: Mountaineers Books | Price: $18.95 The most comprehensive day-hiking guide to eastern Washington! Newest guide in the pack-friendly, bestselling Day Hiking series by Mountaineers Books for Washington State1% of sales are donated to trail maintenanceOffers many close-to-home trails near population centers like Spokane, Tri-Cities,…

Paddling the Hanford Reach

May 25, 2013

On May 19, 2013, I along with Jordan Youngs of the Tri-Cities Visitor and Convention Bureau, and a couple of happy paddlers from Seattle set out with two guides from Columbia Kayak Adventures for an amazing kayak trip down the Columbia River at the Hanford Reach National Monument. I have hiked the White Bluffs of the Hanford Reach…

It’s Island Time

May 1, 2013

Day Hiking the San Juans and Gulf Islands –  Anacortes – Victoria – Point Roberts – Saanich Peninsula Author: Craig Romano |  Publisher: Mountaineers Books | Price: $18.95 New volume in Washington’s bestselling hiking guidebook seriesPackable size filled with maps, elevation profiles, 130 photos, at-a-glance trail selection table, and more from a beloved trails author1% of sales support…– New and Improved!

April 7, 2013

New and Improved! The long-awaited for relaunching of has finally arrived! Thanks to Ashley Knecht of Mountaineers Books, finally has the professional look and user-friendly features that it deserves. I started the site back in 2005 with Michael Fagin of Washington Online Weather. Two years ago I took complete control of the site but just didn’t…