If you don’t scrape the snow and ice from your car in these states, you could get a big fine

Featured image: A scene in Massachusetts on February 10, 2015, during a record-breaking snow season in New England (photo by Cheryl Landes) One winter while living in the Northeast, I was driving on Interstate 684 north of White Plains, New York. It was a sunny day, but the day before, a foot of snow fell. … Continue reading If you don’t scrape the snow and ice from your car in these states, you could get a big fine

Free snowshoe and ski lessons at Weston Ski Track January 6

Featured image credit: Weston Ski Track Celebrate Winter Trails Day on Saturday, January 6, by learning how to snowshoe or cross-country ski at Weston Ski Track in Weston, Massachusetts, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. If you're interested in snowshoeing, simply show up; no registration is required. Weston Ski Track will have free demos of snowshoes from Tubbs, … Continue reading Free snowshoe and ski lessons at Weston Ski Track January 6

Doggone downtown fun awaits at Amazon Spheres Dog Park in Seattle

Photos by Cheryl Landes During a recent late afternoon trip to downtown Seattle, I grabbed a latte at a coffee shop and watched passersby along Sixth Avenue near Dimitriou's Jazz Alley. This neighborhood has always been active with people, but there was something different--more people walking dogs. Everyone headed in the same direction, north along … Continue reading Doggone downtown fun awaits at Amazon Spheres Dog Park in Seattle

Get outside on New Year’s Day with these First Day Hikes

Featured image: Homolovi State Park in Winslow, Arizona (photo credit: Arizona State Parks & Trails) Take a hike for the new year! Choose from more than 400 hikes in state parks nationwide during the annual First Day Hikes on January 1. Explore nature and get a good workout at the same time. Some parks also … Continue reading Get outside on New Year’s Day with these First Day Hikes

Start the new year by seeing the Rose Parade live in Pasadena

Featured image: "Children's Dreams The World's Potential", the Kiwanis International float at the 2017 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California (photo by Prayitno, Wikimedia Commons) I grew up watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the Rose Parade in Pasadena on TV. Although this is an enjoyable experience, attending the parades in … Continue reading Start the new year by seeing the Rose Parade live in Pasadena

Four First Night celebrations in the Northwest

Featured image credit: geralt, Creative Commons Looking for fun activities for the entire family on New Year's Eve? Or you and your friends? Or maybe you and that special someone? These four First Night celebrations in Washington State and Montana have something for everyone. Washington First Night Tacoma Photo credit: First Night Tacoma Now in … Continue reading Four First Night celebrations in the Northwest

Goatgrams: Receive bouquets, watch goats eat them in Portland-Vancouver

Featured image: This is not the goat who will eat your flowers, but the two who do are absolutely adorable. (photo by Cheryl Landes) It's always nice to receive flowers for a special occasion, but what do you do with them? You can admire them for a week or two until they die. Or when … Continue reading Goatgrams: Receive bouquets, watch goats eat them in Portland-Vancouver

Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights in Roseburg celebrates 25th anniversary through New Year’s Day

Photos by Cheryl Landes More than a half million lights all colors of the rainbow, 90-plus animated displays, and 3D displays and glasses. A holiday village with a tree that dances to Christmas music. Wagon rides and visits from Santa. And the World's Largest Nutcracker. It's all at River Forks Park, six miles west of … Continue reading Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights in Roseburg celebrates 25th anniversary through New Year’s Day