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32nd Annual Tulip Pedal Set for April 20th in La Conner

The 32nd Skagit County’s Annual Tulip Pedal is set for Saturday, April 20, 2013 in La Conner, WA. Tulip Pedal offers three rides – a 20-mile course around the tulip fields between Mount Vernon and La Conner, as well as 40- and 60-mile courses that begin and end at La Conner Middle School. The courses take riders through the spectacularly colorful tulip fields …

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Explore New Zealand’s Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

The Waitakere Ranges near Auckland in New Zealand are a chain of hills that actually runs through the Auckland Metropolitan area, making it an easy to reach, convenient destination for travellers in search of wild natural beauty, rugged cliffs and secret hidden beaches. There are also larger – not so hidden – beaches that are favorites of surfers. The Waitakere …

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Anything Worth Doing: A New Adventure Classic

By John D’Onofrio A disclaimer right up front: I love adventure stories. Just devour them. From Endurance to Touching the Void, I’m a sucker for pulse-quickening, what-the-hell-happens-next tales about those rare modern (or not so modern) heroes that push the envelope in the pursuit of some magnificent obsession. Stories of derring do. People who put practical considerations aside to pursue …

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Outposts of Ice: John Scurlock’s Winter Fire Lookouts

Imagine a mythic hut – carved from frost and ice, fashioned into a form strangely familiar to our sense of what a house should look like, yet abstract and barely recognizable.   If you could travel to this strange hut sitting in perhaps the most inhospitable spot found in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, then you would have arrived at …

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Chasing Ice: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Climate Change is an idea that is difficult to internalize. We can mourn the polar bears (as surely, we eventually will) and get it, intellectually, that not only do we face serious challenges in the coming years, we face them today. Still, it’s hard to grok, to take it in. It’s a downer, for sure. The subject has gotten short …

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San Juan Trust Expands Turtleback Mountain Preserve

Acquisition Protects Entire Ridgeline, Provides Public Access to Turtlehead   The San Juan Preservation Trust has acquired a property on Orcas Island that will add more than 140 acres to the Turtleback Mountain Preserve and permanently protect the entire ridgeline of the mountain. The iconic turtle-shaped profile of Turtleback Mountain is recognizable from throughout the San Juan archipelago. It was …

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1st Annual Methow Valley Off-Road Duathlon set for Oct. 28th

After a postponement due to smoky skies as a result of forest fires on the east side of the North Cascades, the 1st Annual Methow Valley Off-Road Duathlon is scheduled to be held on Sunday, October 28th. The race, which starts at 9 AM, will be held at the iconic Sun Mountain resort on the MVSTA trail system, near Winthrop, …

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Best sailing destinations in Jamaica

Whether your idea of a fun sailing holiday means a serene sunset sail or a luxurious, pre-packaged cruise with cruise lines like Thomson, Jamaica offers near-perfect conditions to meet your every sailing needs. While Jamaica is not particularly known as a top sailing destination, the country boasts some exciting sailing locations with warm waters, ideal winds and beautiful harbours and …

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iFitness Hydration Belt Is a Different Animal To Use

I have never owned a hydration belt that I used regularly.  I have found the cheap ones to be uncomfortable, bouncy and an extra place to accumulate sweat and itchiness.  Most of my runs nowadays are less than 5 miles, so the need for hydration in the Northwest is limited. Along comes a new hydration belt from iFitness.  This is …

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