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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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The wizard in the middle of Crater Lake

Years ago I traveled partway around the world, to Greece, to explore the volcanic island of Santorini. There’s another volcanic island in my home state of Oregon that I recently found to be just as dazzling—and nearly as difficult to reach.

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Mojave Desert an unexpected source for foreign exchange

Most motorists blow right past the exits for the Mojave National Preserve. Not too surprising, perhaps. Las Vegas is less than two hours away.

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Loch Ness Monster: We all need something to believe in

No one can prove that Sasquatch doesn’t exist—you can’t prove a negative, right?—but it might be possible to establish that something ordinary and depressingly mundane lies behind the legend.

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