Outdoors

How “Salvage Sundays” Gives Bikes a Second Chance

Carl Wilson was on the verge of homelessness when he took a job at the Community Cycling Center in Northeast Portland 16 years ago. Now he says he’s living the good life with a house and two cats, and he’s helping give old bikes a second life through the CCC’s weekly Salvage Sale. Every Sunday, […]

/ October 2, 2019


How Waterfront Park Brought the Water to Portlanders

The pace of change in Portland can be maddening sometimes, but as we wait for the Albina Vision, the Green Loop, and the Duckworth Dock of our dreams to become a reality, it’s worth remembering that most local gems weren’t created overnight. Take Waterfront Park. The idea for a riverfront park in downtown dates back […]

/ August 28, 2019


How Girls Build Makes Camp Accessible for Foster Kids

We’re investigating your questions about the foster care system this month, and we’re also meeting some amazing people who make a difference in the lives of foster children. Katie Hughes founded Girls Build in 2016, the same year she became a foster parent. Her goal is to put literal tools—drills, hammers, and paintbrushes, to name […]

/ August 20, 2019


The Inclusive “Living Room” for East Portlanders

Gateway Discovery Park celebrated its grand opening almost exactly a year ago, making it only the second park in Portland that’s accessible to kiddos of all physical abilities. Portland Parks & Recreation calls it a “living room” that serves the Gateway district and surrounding neighborhoods. Before its construction, nearly 1,000 new households lacked access to […]

/ August 5, 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 – OysterFest and Oyster Rama – celebrate the local delicacy, but there’s no need to wait to take a drive out to […]

/ 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 Near 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