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!

2021 Ice Music Festival Norway cancelled, virtual event planned in March

On February 11, 2000, composer and percussionist Terje Isungset performed the first ice concert inside a frozen waterfall in Lillehammer, Norway. His fascination of creating music with instruments he built from ice continued, and his fan base grew. Six years later, he teamed up with Pål Knutsson Medhus to host the first Ice Music Festival … Continue reading 2021 Ice Music Festival Norway cancelled, virtual event planned in March

Somerset SnowFest celebrates all things winter in Maine and online

An ice fishing derby, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, a downhill kayak race, and a box sled race for kids are among the activities scheduled for the Somerset SnowFest. Activities take place Lake George Regional Park in Canaan, Maine, Coburn Park in Skowhegan, and the town of Madison Sunday, February 21, through Sunday, February 28. Other activities … Continue reading Somerset SnowFest celebrates all things winter in Maine and online

Free admission at five Mass Audubon sites this week for Winter Recess

Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts (photo by Cheryl Landes) Check out five Mass Audubon sites this week for free. A different property is featured each day. Although admission is free, reservations are required because capacity is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions. The featured properties are: Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln on Monday, February 15Broadmoor … Continue reading Free admission at five Mass Audubon sites this week for Winter Recess

Tri-Met gradually resuming operations after shutdown from snow and ice, while C-Tran has limited service

The MAX Blue Line train crosses the Steel Bridge in Portland, Oregon. (photo by Cheryl Landes) The President's Day weekend snow and ice storm caused Tri-Met in Portland, Oregon, to shut down yesterday. As of this morning, some MAX lines and bus routes are operating again with limited service. Check for updates at trimet.org/#alerts. Tri-Met … Continue reading Tri-Met gradually resuming operations after shutdown from snow and ice, while C-Tran has limited service

Columbia River Gorge highways closed from heavy winds, snow, and ice

Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge (photo by Cheryl Landes) Update, February 14, 2021, 9:15 a.m.: Westbound I-84 is now open, but the eastbound lanes are still closed. SR 14 in Washington is still closed from milepost 19 to 65 until further notice. The transportation departments in Oregon and Washington have closed two major … Continue reading Columbia River Gorge highways closed from heavy winds, snow, and ice

Community centers closed February 12-15 in Vancouver, Washington

Photo by Cheryl Landes The City of Vancouver, Washington, has closed its community centers and all activities Friday, February 12, because of the winter storm that started tonight. The city plans to reopen the centers and resume activities on Tuesday, February 16. For updates, visit the City of Vancouver's Hours and Updates webpage. or call … Continue reading Community centers closed February 12-15 in Vancouver, Washington

Frigid fun at the 2021 Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

The 25th annual Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, has been extended a day because of President's Day weekend. From February 4-15, enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: ice skating, ice fishing, ice tee golf, puzzle solving, laser tubing, polar plunge, and the grand snow-ice-light display at Detroit Lakes City Park. Food booths, a wine … Continue reading Frigid fun at the 2021 Polar Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota