Outdoors

We went to see one of the world’s most iconic shipwrecks

The Peter Iredale shipwreck at sunset WHAT IT IS: The Peter Iredale is a classic story of sea change. She was making her merry way to Portland, to pick up a shipment of wheat. She left Salina Cruz, Mexico on September 26th, 1906, and met her fate in the early hours of October 25th. After […]

/ July 12, 2019


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 […]

/ 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 […]

/ 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 […]

/ 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 […]

/ 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 […]

/ May 24, 2019


Want to join your local P-Patch? Here are 5 tips to get started

Green thumbs aren’t born; they’re made. (📸: Eric Keto) Always wanted to start a garden, but don’t have the yard space at home to give it a try? The city’s P-Patch community gardening program is here to help. What’s a P-Patch you ask? The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods manages 89 community gardens across the city, […]

/ April 22, 2019


The keeper of UW’s 127-year-old telescope

LOCAL TO KNOW: Adriana Gomez-Buckley remembers the first time she got the chance to look through the University of Washington’s 127-year-old telescope. She first visited the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory the summer after she graduated high school., There, Gomez-Buckley met the head of UW’s Department of Astronomy and peered up into the starry abyss. Four years […]

/ April 15, 2019


A trip to the farm — in the heart of Bellevue?

THE LOCATION: Kelsey Creek Farm, Bellevue THE PERSON: Annamarie Solomonson, Kelsey Creek Farm Supervisor THE STORY: Bellevue has some pretty neat city parks, but there’s only one where you can watch a sheep being sheared, learn to ride a horse, and meet a 750 pound hog. Kelsey Creek Farm opened to the public in 1972 […]

/ April 15, 2019


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 […]

/ March 26, 2019