Laser light show at Grand Coulee Dam continues through September 30

Grand Coulee Dam (photo by Cheryl Landes) The laser light show at the Grand Coulee Dam in Eastern Washington resumed on Memorial Day weekend after a break due to COVID-19. The half-hour show is project on the dam's spillway, and admission is free. There's a viewing area with benches outside the dam's visitor center, which … Continue reading Laser light show at Grand Coulee Dam continues through September 30

2021 Portland Christmas Ships Fleet parade schedule

Santa's reindeeer ride the waves during a Christmas Ships Fleet parade on the Columbia River (photo by Cheryl Landes) The 2021 schedule for the Christmas Ships Fleet in Portland is posted for the Columbia and Willamette River fleets. The fleets will sail December 3-21. Routes vary, so check the pages linked below for more information … Continue reading 2021 Portland Christmas Ships Fleet parade schedule

Let Freedom Bells Ring celebration July 4 in St. Helens, Oregon

Fireworks over the Columbia River in St. Helens, Oregon (photo by Cheryl Landes) Let Freedom Bells Ring celebrates the 245th birthday of the United States in St. Helens, Oregon. The day's events start Sunday, July 4, at 1:30 p.m. at the Columbia County Courthouse Plaza, 230 Strand Street, and ends with a fireworks show over … Continue reading Let Freedom Bells Ring celebration July 4 in St. Helens, Oregon

Is it possible to go ice fishing in Washington State? You bet!

Photo credit: Okanogan County Tourism Council When I think about where to go for ice fishing, my mind gravitates to the frozen lakes of northern New Hampshire and the Upper Midwest like Minnesota and Wisconsin. But for those living in the Pacific Northwest, there's another place closer to home--Okanogan County in northcentral Washington. The winter … Continue reading Is it possible to go ice fishing in Washington State? You bet!

Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Piper's Creek at Carkeek Park in Seattle Photos by Cheryl Landes From November through January, the salmon return to Carkeek Park in northwest Seattle after a long journey at sea. The journey marks the end of their life cycle and the start of a new one as they lay eggs in the creek. By the … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Salmon spawning season at Carkeek Park in Seattle

Armchair photo tours: The Sediment Retention Structure at Mount St. Helens

A view from the Sediment Retention Structure at Mount St. Helens Photos by Cheryl Landes On May 18, 1980, when Mount St. Helens erupted, the blast deposited more than three billion cubic yards of sediment into the Toutle River Basin, covering 32 miles with an average depth of 150 feet. Mudflows filled the Cowlitz River … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: The Sediment Retention Structure at Mount St. Helens

Armchair photo tours: Rainbow Falls State Park

A view of Rainbow Falls from the viewpoint in Rainbow Falls State Park west of Chehalis, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes Rainbow Falls State Park is a popular place for camping, picnicking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, wildlife watching, birdwatching, and fishing. A short trail from the day-use parking lot ends at a viewpoint for a … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Rainbow Falls State Park