While in Seattle I had lunch with architect, urban planner, and former city council member Peter Steinbreuck. Wanting to get his take about how Seattle has changed over the past 20 years, I asked him about the city's current crop of up-and-coming neighborhoods.
Call me a Seattle superfan. The city may readily inspire images of coffeehouses and grunge, but this Pacific Northwest capital of cool is also part Disneyland, featuring spectacular attractions like the monorail and the underground tour, to name just a couple.
For nature-lovers and photo hounds, a must-visit site en route to Enchanted Forest (which I wrote about for the March/April 2011 issue of Via) is the nearly 3,000 acres of Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, just a few miles away.
A few years ago, people who love Joshua trees—myself included—got some bad news. Scientists projected that within 100 years, this gnarl-limbed desert dweller will disappear entirely from Arizona, Utah, and many parts of California and Nevada.
I live in western Montana. Getting to Al Wiseman and the Old North Trail (which I did for a piece in the March/April 2011 issue of VIA) means crossing the Continental Divide, the Rockies, at Rogers Pass.