Tournament of Roses Parade cancels for the first time since World War II

Mice crash this tea party on the City of Sierra Madre's 2017 Rose Parade float, "The Cat's Away". (photo by Prayitno, Wikimedia Commons) On Thursday, officials for the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, announced that the event on New Year's Day 2021 would be cancelled. Ongoing concerns with COVID-19 and the delays in reopening … Continue reading Tournament of Roses Parade cancels for the first time since World War II

Armchair photo tours: Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward

A red-legged kittiwake in the aviary at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward Photos by Cheryl Landes Visiting the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is a fun educational experience that combines close-up encounters with local marine life and birds, and interactive exhibits describing their habitats, behaviors, and the environmental factors affecting their survival. The Alaska … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward

Victoria Clipper suspends service between Seattle and Victoria until 2021

The Victoria Clipper departs the Inner Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia, for Seattle. (photo credit: Clipper, the operator of the Victoria Clipper) The Victoria Clipper has suspended service between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia until April 30, 2021. Officials from Clipper, the operator of the Victoria Clipper, decided on the suspension for several reasons: The … Continue reading Victoria Clipper suspends service between Seattle and Victoria until 2021

Fern Prairie Art Fest this weekend in Camas, Washington

A sunflower painting by Liz Pike, who's hosting the Fern Prairie Art Fest July 18-19 at her Shangri-La Farm in Camas, Washington. Liz is well-known for her sunflower paintings. See original works from 13 local artists at the Fern Prairie Art Fest on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19. The artists' tents will be outdoors, spaced … Continue reading Fern Prairie Art Fest this weekend in Camas, Washington

Heisen House Farm Market opens for the season in Battle Ground, Washington

Photo credit: Heisen House Vineyards in Battle Ground, Washington Want to get outdoors and shop locally? Head to the Heisen House Farm Market in Battle Ground, Washington, on Sunday, July 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy live music and meet local vendors selling these products during the first farm market of the season: … Continue reading Heisen House Farm Market opens for the season in Battle Ground, Washington

Portland Art Museum offers free admission this weekend, discounts after

Photo by Cheryl Landes The Portland Art Museum (PAM) reopened Thursday with limitations in place from COVID-19. Through Sunday, July 19, admission is free. Reservations are required and visits are limited to an hour. Get your free timed ticket. Masks are required for ages 2 and older, and visitors must maintain six feet distance. Starting … Continue reading Portland Art Museum offers free admission this weekend, discounts after

Armchair photo tours: A cruise from Seward to Fox Island in Kenai Fjords National Park

Photos by Cheryl Landes Kenai Fjords National Park is a great place to get close-up views of glaciers, mountains, and wildlife on foot or by boat. I'll share my experiences during a hike to Exit Glacier in another armchair photo tour, but today, we're taking a cruise in Resurrection Bay from Seward to the day … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A cruise from Seward to Fox Island in Kenai Fjords National Park

Armchair photo tours: A bear watching tour at Katmai National Park and Preserve

Photos by Cheryl Landes Continued from the armchair photo tour, A flight from Anchorage to Katmai National Park and Preserve We landed at Brooks Camp at the Katmai National Park and Preserve at 12:10 p.m. The copilot unloaded our lunches and went ahead of us to store them in the food cache and reserve viewing … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: A bear watching tour at Katmai National Park and Preserve