The Pacific Northwest is Hilda Anderson's backyard. Travel columnist for the Seattle Post Intelligencer and author of several books on the area with her husband, Barry, she covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia. In recent months, she has taken VIA readers to Oregon Caves National Monument and Washington's Grays Harbor. From her home on Washington's Quimper Peninsula, she loves to explore the back roads of the Pacific Northwest. In her travels she always leaves room for serendipity—what Webster calls, "an aptitude for making fortunate discoveries accidentally."