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Gearhart: The hidden charms of the Ridge Path

Lore in Gearhart says that local Native Americans used to get from Warrenton to the Necanicum Estuary via a narrow dirt path to harvest mussels on the beach.

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Gearhart: Sometimes a grocery store can explain a town

Step inside any grocery store, anywhere in the world, and you’ll find a sense of local discovery. This is frequently the best way to get a feel for what people really eat.

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Gearhart: Photo essay

Photographer Don Frank shares photos of Gearhart, Ore.

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Cidery tour: Mission Mill Museum in Salem a textile-based trip through the past

Driving through Salem (near Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, which I wrote about for a VIA feature) I stumbled across a fascinating emblem of the city’s past: The Mission Mill Museum.

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Cidery tour: The speed of slow in Cowichan Bay

Whenever I visit Vancouver Island—which I did for a recent VIA article about cideries—I always make a point of stopping by Merridale Estate Cidery, the largest and most conspicuous artisanal cider-making operation in North America.

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Cidery tour: Fort Worden's past, present equally alluring

Pointing my kayak away from the sand crescent, I stroked deeply, poling through the dappled bay and aiming toward the distant snow cone of glaciated Mount Baker on the northeastern horizon.

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Cidery tour: In search of the perfect cider

I come from a farm on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula that’s been in my family for 118 years. East of the barn sits an organic apple orchard that’s more than a century old, which yields Tompkins King apples.

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Cidery tour: Rafting on the Yakima perfect for a lazy summer day

On the eastern slope of the Cascades Range, the Yakima River runs cool, deep and clear through one of the most spectacular canyons in the country.

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The Go List: What's your latest travel discovery?

Not long ago I went looking for a snack and stumbled on a feast in Folsom, Calif.

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Flaming Gorge: Solitude in the snow

It was when the sun came up, like stage curtains opening, that I realized why so many people fall for this area.

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