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6 can’t-miss adventures in Hood Canal

The view from Mt. Walker. (📸: Nicole Atkins) Hood Canal is a special place. As a glacier-formed fjord that’s bursting with Instagram-worthy wildlife, endless recreation, and unbeatable scenery, it’s prime destination for locals to get outside in the summer. Here are six adventures to experience in the Hood Canal: Hike to the top of the […]

Outdoors / June 11, 2019

Try this: Oysters on the beach, in the mail, or at a restaurant

Oysters galore in Hood Canal. (📸: Mark Smith) TRY THIS: Growing in the wild and on farms, oysters are another draw for people to visit the Hood Canal area in the PNW. Festivals — like OysterFest and Oyster Rama — celebrate the local delicacy, but there’s no need to wait to take a drive out […]

Outdoors / June 6, 2019

How to light up the night in the bioluminescent water of the Hood Canal

A glowing view from a NASA satellite of the peak plankton bloom in 2017. (📸: NASA) TRY THIS: You don’t have to travel halfway across the world to see the extraordinary phenomenon of bioluminescence. Adventurers of the Pacific Northwest are in luck. You can grab a kayak and enjoy the shimmering sea in your very […]

Outdoors / June 5, 2019

Destination Guide: A chainsaw carving school in Hood Canal

George Kenny, center, with a group of chainsaw carving students. (📸: Provided by George Kenny) MEET THIS LOCAL: George Kenny describes his chainsaw carving school as a “dude ranch for chainsaw art.” For over 25 years, he’s offered weekend classes from his Allyn, Wash.based shop.     WHAT HE’S DOING: What started out as a gift […]

Outdoors / May 30, 2019

Destination spotlight: Camping ideas in Hood Canal

The trails and campsites near Hood Canal are waiting for you. (📸: Ratha Grimes) THE DESTINATION: Nestled between Puget Sound and the foothills of the Olympic Mountains, Hood Canal provides a way for visitors to get in touch with nature. And the towns and villages that dot the 101 along the shoreline offer plenty of […]

Outdoors / May 24, 2019

Orca whales

In Puget Sound, studying poop to save the orca whales

TODAY’S SEATTLE CATALYST: Sam Wasser is the director for the University of Washington’s Center for Conservation Biology. WHAT HE’S DOING: Sam’s work has taken him around the globe. He’s battled ivory trafficking in Africa, studied wolves in Eastern Washington, and kept an eye on our own southern resident killer whales. His primary research tool: studying animal […]

Changemakers / March 26, 2019

Central District: A diverse residential and business community for Seattle to explore

Timothy Eberly With a deep history as one of Seattle’s oldest and most diverse residential neighborhoods, the Central District has many stories to tell. The area is filled with historic homes, a wide variety of restaurants (we’re totally craving breakfast at Cafe Selam), and a thriving arts and culture scene. By partnering with The Evergrey, […]

Central District / January 9, 2019

What does it mean to create change in our city? Introducing our new project with Paul Allen’s Vulcan

When Paul Allen passed away in October, Seattle lost someone who had invested deeply in building a strong community and a better world. While many locals of means use their resources to make an impact, Paul’s philanthropic efforts were spread against a wide range of issues and causes—and his vision went well beyond writing checks. […]

Community / December 5, 2018