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Independence Day Themed Hikes to set you Free!

July 3, 2017

Happy Independence Day! Hiking and spending time in the outdoors is a great way to celebrate our nation’s independence. Our parks, forests and preserves are one of the best attributes of our nation (along with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of course)! Here are eight great Independence Day themed Washington hikes for you…

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

July 1, 2017

I have lived most of my life in two states—Washington and New Hampshire–that border our northern neighboring country, Canada. So naturally being the adventurer that I am, I have made many a trip to Quebec and British Columbia. I love both these provinces for their parks, trails, beautiful landscapes and one of them especially for…

Rash of car break-ins on the Olympic Peninsula

June 20, 2017

Here we go again. Summer has arrived and hikers are hitting their favorite trails in full force. Unfortunately it appears that smash-and-grab car prowling low-lives are out in full force hitting their vehicles—and the Olympic Peninsula is seeing a rash of car break-ins this year. Reports have been coming in of car break-ins at Graves…

Klahowya Tillicum

June 2, 2017

Have you ever given much thought to where many of the place names for our mountains, rivers and other natural features were derived from? Contrary to what many hikers think–these place names are not of Native American origin (entirely), but of Chinook Jargon. Not an actual language, Chinook Jargon is a collection of several hundred words…

Ticked off!

May 6, 2017

Romano’s Hiking Tips No. 1 Ticks Ticks! They make my blood crawl just thinking about them crawling on me looking for blood! Just last week while hiking through a coastal forest in North Carolina, one managed to sneak into my car and another followed me back to my hotel. I once had one hitch a…

Discovery Passes No Longer Required!

April 1, 2017

Note: This post was an April Fools Day Post! There is no such thing as Discovery Passes and DISCOVER PASSES are still required at state parks and lands. Here is the original post that duped so many- Barraged by thousands of confused hikers and campers on whether Discovery Passes are needed at trailheads, state officials…

Popular Trailhead in Gorge Permanently Closed

February 9, 2017

Just what we need! As trail use continues to escalate and many of our close to the city trails become downright crowded-we have just lost access to a popular trailhead in the Columbia River Gorge. What does that mean? Two wonderful Columbia River Gorge hiking destinations—Aldrich Butte and Table Mountain just got a whole lot…

Inslee axes full funding for Blanchard– beloved Oyster Dome threatened with clear-cutting

January 5, 2017

It was nearly one year ago when I first reported to you that one of Puget Sound’s most popular hiking spots may soon succumb to clear cut logging. The Oyster Dome, the Pearl of the Chuckanut Mountains—the only place in the Cascades where the mountains meet the Salish Sea—is in very real danger of being…

New Trail to Frog Mountain! — I’m hopping with joy!

November 27, 2016

When the Wild Sky Wilderness was established in 2008, part of the original negotiations was that several new trails would be built within this 106,000 roadless area. This was a good faith move of course to counter anti-wilderness claims of folks being locked off their land by providing even more access. And if you have…

Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula

November 4, 2016

Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula Author: Craig Romano | Publisher: Mountaineers Books | Price: $18.95 Olympic National Park is a national treasure and here’s a guidebook to the best hiking you can find there More than 100 day hikes, with options for linking them to longer routes Compact, easy-carry size Two color maps, charts and elevation…