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Long Island: Plant the seed of adventure and let it grow

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Monumental adventures often grow from seeds of inspiration. We start small and dream big, a bit like the seedling that matures into a colossal coastal cedar. Last weekend’s trip to Long Island, the nearly 5,500-acre uninhabited expanse inside Willapa Bay, served as just such a seed. Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, a nonprofit dedicated…

Exceptional LBP razor clam season expected, could begin mid-Oct

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“Long Beach … will be one of the stars this coming season.” That was state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager Dan Ayers discussing Washington’s upcoming razor clam season with The Seattle Times. Coastal clam digging along Washington beaches is expected to kick off this fall, and it may not get any better than along…

Coastal cruisers: Slow Drag & Rod Run roll in September

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Hotrods and cool cruisers from across the country make a beach run next month for the annual Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco and the Rod Run to the End of the World in Ocean Park. Get your motor running Sept. 9 with the Slow Drag along Howerton Drive at the Port of Ilwaco,…

Geocaching: Explore the LBP like Lewis & Clark

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Lewis & Clark would’ve loved a GPS. We think. Pacific County exploration has entered the Digital Age, and we’re not talking about Pokemon Go. Call it a techno treasure hunt or an expedition of digital detection, but the Peninsula-wide mid-September geocaching extravaganza Cache Dash Splash embodies what inspired the original Corps of Discovery. Cache Dash…

Catch summer fishing on the Washington coast

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Salmon and tuna fishing seasons are in full swing in southwest Washington – crews are catching kings off the Long Beach Peninsula, cohos from the Columbia and albacore out at sea. Professional fishing charters are reporting excellent fishing from the Port of Ilwaco, especially during midweek trips that don’t always fill. “It’s really a good…

August action on the Long Beach Peninsula

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August action is just around the corner on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. From Jake’s Birthday to Jazz & Oysters and the Willapa Harbor Festival to the Bridge Birthday, August events offer a month-long celebration on the coast, as well as a true taste of Pacific County – fabulous food, high-flying fun and beach beats are…

Whale watching from land: A 'shore' thing

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Few creatures inspire wonder like whales. Imagine a breaching grey or the rolling ridges of a humpback’s barnacled curvature. Imagine a lumbering blue or an agile orca. Imagine an almost-waving fluke or the distinct squeal of whale song. Now stop imagining. Whales are frequent visitors to the Long Beach Peninsula, and whale-watchers don’t have to…

Find it fresh on the Long Beach Peninsula

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Pacific County is known for its fall harvest – think cranberries and wild mushrooms – but summertime is when you’ll first get to taste the fresh fruits or our local growers’ labor. Regional farmers markets are in full swing and offer everything from freshly harvested flowers and produce to baked goods and handmade crafts. Fresh…

Fun beyond the Fourth: Fish and Finns, sandcastles and cowpokes

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The Long Beach Peninsula’s July summertime celebration doesn’t end after Independence Day; in fact, it’s just heating up. With so much summer fun packed into the second half of July it can be tough to decide how to spend a weekend in Pacific County. Do you tour the Peninsula for Music in the Gardens or…

Beach beats: Live music moves Pacific County

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Summer is the season of live music on the Long Beach Peninsula, where tunes liven up weekend events, and performances carry almost every evening. From Music in the Gardens (July 16) to the Waikiki Beach Summer Concert Series (every other Saturday) to nightly shows at the Pickled Fish restaurant, the Long Beach Peninsula’s music scene satisfies every…