What's New in the West: July 2011
Highlights include a new kayak adventure in Hawaii, a salmon exhibit at Alaska's Anchorage Museum, a showcase of 2,000 years of computing artifacts at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., and a bicentennial brew in Astoria, Ore.
- Explore Idaho’s sagebrush steppe landscape, identify raptors, and enjoy views of Treasure Valley along the new interpretive trail at the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise. peregrinefund.org/world_center.asp.
- Toast the bicentennial of Astoria, Ore., with special 1811 Pre-Prohibition Lager, made at Astoria’s Fort George Brewery and available this year at area pubs and liquor stores. fortgeorgebrewery.com.
- Kohala Ditch Adventures, on Hawaii’s Big Island, takes you to a mountain jungle setting, then launches you on a 2½-mile kayak journey along flumes and through tunnels. $129 (adults), $65 (children). kohaladitchadventures.com.
- To share pictures using the free PhotoRocket app, just drag them from anywhere on your computer, choose display locations—such as Facebook and Flickr—and hit “send.” photorocket.com.
- The recently reinstalled Capitol Art Collection at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem includes the newly acquired Flag 2, an abstract work by American Indian painter James Lavadour. www.oregonartscommission.org.
- With educational exhibits and a reflection room, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center, off U.S. Highway 14A between Cody and Powell, Wyo., honors the Japanese Americans detained during World War II. Opens August 20. heartmountain.org.
- Sailing for Salmon: 125 Years, a temporary exhibit at the Anchorage Museum in Anchorage, uses photographs and eyewitness accounts to document the region’s long use of sailboats for salmon harvesting in Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Through October 2. anchoragemuseum.org.
- Secure your luggage using the Grab Guard Security Device, a retractable wire cable with a two-digit combination lock that connects bag handles to a chair leg or desk. $20. grabguard.com.
- To Live Forever: Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum explores ancient beliefs about death through statuary, sarcophagi, and more. Through Sept. 4 at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. nevadaart.org.
- Sample fresh-off-the-boat seafood and amble amid artworks at the newly completed Fisherman’s Terminal and Market Square, on the Old Town Waterfront in Eureka, Calif. eurekaredevelopment.com.
- Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., features more than 1,000 artifacts, from the abacus to the smartphone. computerhistory.org.
This article was first published in July 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.