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Pacific Northwest & Beyond

A crunchy granola-like mix of PNW, PNW events, travel, photography,trivia, and more.

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“Pacific Northwest Lifestyle Blog?”

We started this as a travel blog around 2018 but then found that more of our adventures were close to home.

And we love it here!

So we added an events calendar, then re-added it after the pandemic had eased and events started back up. What you’ll find here we often think of as a “granola.” We cannot seem to stay on one topic, so it’s a mix: PNW, trivia, events, information about outdoor gear, cycling, travel, and photography. We tend to write about what we’re enjoying doing at the time, but plan to start adding more about specific townsand place to visit — starting with our own, at some point!

We also welcome post contributions from members, as well as starting groups on some related topics.

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Top Rated

We guess a coffee-cup rating system is as good as any! Here are the top-rated nine items on our website right now.

Freshly Blogged

Our most recent articles from the blog

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Sound Summer: A Guide to Seattle Summer Events and PNW Summer Activities

A guide to some of the best Seattle area Summer festivals and events with some greater PNW festivals thrown in the mix. Have an event that should be here? Submit it!

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Making the Most of Your Long Layover in Seattle

Stopping at Seattle for a long layover? Go out and explore the best of Seattle’s attractions with the help of the reliable public transportation system. From the captivating glass art at the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum to the coffee shops filled to the brim with coffee culture, to the scenic views at the waterfront.

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Hidden Gems of the Pacific Northwest

Article about six fabulous “hidden” spots to visit in Washington and Oregon with breathtaking natural beauty.

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Leash Laws in Seattle & Off-Leash Dog Parks in Seattle

Whether you’re a seasoned pet owner or a newcomer to Seattle, understanding these laws is crucial to ensure the safety of your furry friend and maintain harmony within the community.

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Washington State’s Cycling Rules of the Road

If you cycle in Washington State, there are some rules that every cyclist should know. Continue reading to discover what they are and why they are important.

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My Pedal Fell Off My Bike!

I was recently in an accident and (mildly) injured because my bike pedal fell off. Why did it happen? And how can you prevent it from happening to you?

Blog News

“State of the blog” type posts: website news, announcements, changes, updates, etc.

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Expecting PNW.FUN? We’re discontinuing our short URLs…

This is just a post that we’ll be discontinuing our PNW.FUN short URLs immediately and that they’ll be expiring in July. If you ended up on this page after visiting a pnw.fun shortlink, just replace the pnw.fun in the link with www.pnwbeyond.com and you should end up on the intended page.

Off-Topic

We sometimes diverge from our main topics. Here’s what we added last time we did.

Raffles and Contests

We very occasionally hold a raffle or contest. Generally items are very small. Here’s is (or was) or most recent raffle or contest.

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April Raffle: Enamel Pins (and Earrings)

For April we’re doing a giveaway of some of our enamel pins (and a pair of earrings).

Recent Videos

Recent (starting in April 2024) videos from our various YouTube channels.

Recent Routes

Routes are map pages featuring a track and waypoints. Here are our lastest ones:

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Poulsbo’s Fish Park: A Meander Around the Trails

Poulsbo’s Fish Park is a wonderful natural area and easy family-friendly hike in Kitsap County.

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York Snickelways Walk (In Process)

We are in the process of re-creating our walk around the York Snickelways. We’ll add some new icons, photos, and descriptions in the future. Our walk was based on the book “The Snickelways of York,” though we wish we’d had more of a GPS guide when we did our walk …

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Scotland North Coast 500-ish Route (In Process)

*Currently, this is in process and is a placeholder we published so we can add to it without it accidentally ending up auto-posting anywhere. Our intention is to gradually detail the route WE took from Edinburgh and up into and around the highlands. We drove more miles than the “official” …

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Path of Philosophy Plus

The Path of Philosophy is a classic Kyoto route and a short and easy walk. However, the route listed here is “plus” as it starts at the subway station, goes under a spiral tunnel, takes a stop at a few temples and inclused the “official” Path of Philosophy in the …

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Snoqualmie to Remlinger Farms Ride

This was a fun ride we did years ago inspired by an article in the Seattle Times, as I recall. The ride starts in Snoqualmie and turns around to head back at Remlinger Farms. I recall there being berries on the way — though we were just a bit too …

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Damon Point State Park Beach and Bird Walk

Damon Point is a park in Ocean Shores that is on a small spit or peninsula. It’s a great place for watching birds. One side faces the bay — I found that side to be better for bird watching. The other, the ocean. Parts of the middle of the park …

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Recent Galleries

Photo galleries are always a work-in progress. Some have a few images; some have many. Some may be cooperative galleries to which members may upload photos to share.

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Hiking and Trails Stock Photos

Downloadable photos of trails or people hiking on trails.

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Wildlife Stock Photos

Photos of animals available for download.

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Snowy Day in Poulsbo
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Poulsbo Cooperative Gallery

A gallery of photos of Poulsbo, WA that allows for user uploads.

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A Viking Ship in the Poulsbo Viking Fest Parade.
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Poulsbo Viking Fest

A gallery of photos tagged as Poulsbo Viking Fest. It’s also a cooperative gallery, so it allows uploads from logged-in users to share your photos of the event.

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Vikings aren't only from Poulsbo! This Viking ship in the 2023 Viking Fest parade is from Bremerton. Events, Kitsap, Kitsap County, Kitsap County Events, Parade, Parades, Poulsbo, Poulsbo Events, Poulsbo Viking Fest, Washington State, Washington State Events
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Poulsbo Viking Fest Parade 2023

Gallery of a few photos from the 2023 Poulsbo Viking Fest parade.

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Poulsbo Viking Fest Parade 2017

This is a gallery of some images from Poulsbo Viking Fest 2017

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PNWWiki: Latest Glossary Terms

Our “PNWWiki” section is a glossary. Well, make that three glossaries. There’s the PNWWiki which has places, people, terms, etc from the PNW. There’s the “Photoglossary” to which we (intend to) add photography terms, and the “Cyclopedia” where we add bike terms. It serves as a reference as the first term found in our glossary is auto-linked when it’s found on a page.

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Columbia River Gorge

Glossary entry about the Columbia River Gorge.

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Poulsbo

Glossary entry about Poulsbo, WA, a lovely town in Kitsap County, WA sometimes called “Little Norway” due to its Norwegian founders.

Also read our post about Things to do in Poulsbo. (coming soon)

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Seatpost

The seatpost is a tube that extends from the bike frame’s seapost tube upwards and holds the saddle in place.

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Dropper Post

A dropper post is a type of bicycle seatpost that can be raised and lowered during cycling by use of a trigger mounted on the handlebar or, in some cases, by use of a lever on the seatpost.

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Stanchion

One definition of a stanchion is an upright bar or post that provides support for something else. In regard to bikes, this can be part of a suspension fork or the upper post section of a dropper post.

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Rose Theater

The Rose Theater in Port Townsend started its life in 1907 and was restored as a loved movie theater in 1992. This entry also discusses the Starlight Room.

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We sell a few handmade items and enamel pins — and also list favorite items related to the topics of this website from other vendors.

Social Stuff: Groups & Forums

We’ve started some groups. Right now they’re *very* small. At the very least they are another way subscribers could choose to keep up on content we’re posting as we post our latest content to some of them.

Sitewide Hashtags

#cycling
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#machineembroidery
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#washingtonstate
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#biketheft
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#lockupyourbike
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#bikesecurity
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#pedals
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#bikerepair
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#bikemaintenance
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#bikeaccident
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#forestoctopus
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#funnysigns
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#seattle
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#Almost
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#funny
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#video
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#FFXIV
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#ffvix
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#posts
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#poulsbo
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Other Content Areas

We’ve organized much of our content into “hubs” of related material. If you want to subscribe to a particular area by email, you can visit our newsletters page and customize what you receive.

PNW

Our PNW Hub includes content about the PNW be it things to do, places to go, or thoughts on the area.

Events Calendar

Our calendar features events from around the PNW, but with a primary focus on Western Washington State, where we live. We may also include online events out of the area but with a focus on travel, photography, nature, etc.

Travel

We love to travel, and have more to write on the subject! These days, however, our primary focus is on our local area. We also welcome travel posts from guest authors.

Photography

Posts about photography, photography books, thoughts on the craft.

Shop

We feature enamel pins that we’ve designed, some of our own, handmade stuff, and may sometimes add a PNW or outdoorsy item from elsewhere that we like.

Books

We sometimes read and review or write about books about the PNW, written by local authors, or books on a travel or PNW theme be it fiction or non-fiction. We also read and review off-topic books from time to time.

Cycling

We love bikes! So sometimes we write about them. Our own cycling has changed over the years but we believe that, whatever type of bike you ride, or where you ride it, you’re a “real” cyclist!

Nature & Wildlife

At some point we noticed…birds. And we love other wildlife, of course…so sometimes we write about them.

Trivia (and polls)

Challenge your knowledge with trivia quizzes. We don’t have many yet but we plan to add more! We also sometimes add polls about different topics. Members can also create polls on related subjects.

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