Travel & Leisure

Let's go places.

Canoeing the Hood River
Gallery: 3 images

Canoeing the Hood River

A 23-day adventure to the vanishing Arctic

In July 2019, Wenatchee Valley residents Gordon Congdon, Paul Hessburg, Gary Womeldorff, and Andy Dappen spent 23 days canoeing the Hood River, a river flowing northeasterly from the lakes of Nunavut in northern Canada to the Arctic Sound. “The four of us who took the trip are in our mid-60s, and we worried if we didn't do this river soon we wouldn't be doing it all,” said Dappen. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Jan 21, 2020
Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Announces 2020 Theme
Gallery: 5 images

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival Announces 2020 Theme

"The Sounds of Spring."

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival announced the 2020 theme as “The Sounds of Spring.” The 23rd annual festival will be held March 20, 21, and 22, 2020 in Othello, Washington. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Jan 7, 2020
Do you fly fish or would you like to fly fish?
Gallery: 2 images

Do you fly fish or would you like to fly fish?

There is nothing like catching a fish with a fly you hand tied

Do you fly fish or would you like to fly fish? Then you need flies! Learn the basics of fly tying from Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers’ Bruce Merighi. This is a five-Tuesday series Feb. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Jan 7, 2020
Unmanned Aerial Systems program is a win-win for students at BBCC and YVC

Unmanned Aerial Systems program is a win-win for students at BBCC and YVC

Big Bend and Yakima Valley drone training partnership underway

A recent partnership between Big Bend Community College’s Unmanned Systems program and Yakima Valley College, offering classes and even a one-year certificate in Unmanned Aerial Systems to YVC students, is proving successful. The partnership was announced earlier this fall, and the first wave of Yakima Valley students to take advantage of it are getting ready to wrap up the first quarter. More...

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Dec 6, 2019
Investing in the future of local college students

Investing in the future of local college students

Boeing donates $100,000 to Big Bend Community College aviation programs

Boeing officials announced a $100,000 gift to Big Bend Community College’s Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) and Commercial Pilot programs during a visit to campus Wednesday. The funds will be used by both programs to purchase equipment and support student scholarships. More...

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Oct 1, 2019
Photo courtesy of Chelan Ridge

Chelan Ridge Hawkwatch Field Trip with the Wenatchee River Institute on October 3rd

Learn about raptor biology and hone your identification skills

Each fall thousands of hawks, eagles, and falcons fly along a high ridge above Lake Chelan on their way to winter territories. Join Wenatchee River Institute for a field trip to the Chelan Ridge Hawkwatch International (HWI) observation point to witness this amazing spectacle. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 3, 2019
The Legacy Resort at Frenchman Hills
Gallery: 7 images

The Legacy Resort at Frenchman Hills

The home of your dreams or a perfect vacation get-away. Welcome.

More...

Travel & Leisure Published May 23, 2019
Dani Dunlap, BBCC Aviation Student
Gallery: 3 images

I will be a pilot

Big Bend Community College student, Dani Dunlap, sets her sight on a lofty goal

by Melea Johnson ~ One year ago, on May 18, an energetic group of Big Bend Community College students was happily washing cars to raise funds for the aviation program enrolled in. Their cheerful faces and outward enthusiasm drew drivers in whether they needed their car washed or not. More...

Travel & Leisure Published May 17, 2019
A walk thru the past ...

A walk thru the past ...

Grant County Historical Museum offers guided tours until 4PM

OPENING DAY May 4th, 2019, this historic museum provides an amazing experience for young and old with a collection of old photos, tools, farm equipment, rocks, Wanapum, and Sinkiuse Indian artifacts, cowboy paraphernalia, clothing, documents, and household furnishings from the homestead era.

Situated on 3. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Apr 25, 2019
This place is so lovely...
Gallery: 3 images

This place is so lovely...

Seed Cupboard Nursery in Royal City, Washington

Traveling from Seattle, I crossed the Vantage bridge and took a right onto Highway 26. Only a mere 16 miles of picturesque driving later, I came upon a place (I will come back to every chance I get. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Apr 25, 2019
14 Days, 13 Nights voyage to Greece and Italy

14 Days, 13 Nights voyage to Greece and Italy

Join the Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce aboard the Norwegian Jade

Voyage back in time to ancient Greece and medieval Italy on this round-trip cruise from Rome. While in Santorini, visit the beautiful whitewashed hilltop towns of Oia and Fira and their breathtaking views of the caldera below. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Jan 22, 2019
"Elegant Travelers on a Journey"
Gallery: 5 images

"Elegant Travelers on a Journey"

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival announces the 2019 Theme

The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival today announced the 2019 theme as “Elegant Travelers on a Journey”. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Dec 22, 2018
Olde World Trading
Gallery: 7 images

Olde World Trading

Home of the Unusual

You won't believe what you find here. When you walk through the door it is like you are traveling to parts of the world you have only dreamed of going. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Dec 13, 2018
Old Fashioned Christmas in the Pioneer Church circa 1904
Gallery: 2 images

Old Fashioned Christmas in the Pioneer Church circa 1904

Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum invites you and your family

You are invited to a meaningful Christmas Celebration in the Pioneer Church with readings, Scripture, traditional Carols, and the lighting of the tree in the German tradition. More...

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Dec 13, 2018
Francisca Juarez with BBCC Automotive instructor, John Martin.

BBCC automotive graduate Francisca Juarez selected for Tesla training program

Preparing for a career with electric vehicle manufacturer

Recent Big Bend Community College graduate Francisca Juarez has officially been accepted into the Tesla START Student Automotive Technician Program at Shoreline Community College. Tesla START is a 12-week intensive training program that prepares students for a career with the electric vehicle manufacturer. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Dec 5, 2018
Harvest Mazes and Pumpkin Patch

Harvest Mazes and Pumpkin Patch

Saturdays and Sundays in Quincy

The Quincy Valley Lions Club in conjunction with Becerra Gardens presents their annual Harvest Mazes and Pumpkin Patch, September 29 through October 28, 2018.

Cost is $6 per person and includes the mazes, a pumpkin of choice, games, and activities. More...

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Oct 28, 2018
Odessa's own German band, the Oom Pas and Mas, has been a part of Deutschesfest since its beginning in 1971
Gallery: 7 images

Willkommen to Odessa Deutschesfest

A three-day celebration of German-Russian heritage

Odessa's celebration of its German-Russian heritage has grown into one of the largest and most prestigious community festivals in the region. Sponsored by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, the festival is a three-day extravaganza of entertainment, food, sports, music, and dancing in the streets! The whole town takes part in celebrating and you are invited. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 12, 2018
Bharatanatyam Classical Dance of India
Gallery: 7 images

Celebration of CULTURES October 13, 2018

Festival for all ages in Quincy

Where: Heritage Park in Quincy
When: Saturday, October 13 / 10AM to 3PM
Why: To share our uniqueness and celebrate our unity.

A fun FREE festival filled with music, dance, food, and arts will be an experience you will not want to miss including performances by Mariachi Huenachi, Toby Black Irish Dancers, Arnold Cleveland, Native American Music & Story, Bharatanatyam Classical Dance of India and Ballet Sol y Luna. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 9, 2018
Skagen Jet Boat Weekend at MarDon Resort
Gallery: 10 images

Skagen Jet Boat Weekend at MarDon Resort

beach, bonfires, jet boats, and music by Seattle's Iron Dragon

Skagen Jet Boat Weekend beginning Friday, September 7th and goes thru the weekend.

This big family event scores big with a variety of jet boats tearing up the waters. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 4, 2018
Tough Enough to Wear Pink
Gallery: 7 images

Tough Enough to Wear Pink

Columbia Basin Rodeo Association partners up with Columbia Basin Cancer Foundation

Thursday night’s rodeo is dedicated to “Tough Enough to Wear Pink”, a program about increasing awareness of breast cancer. Most PRCA rodeos including the National Finals in Las Vegas dedicate one night to this cause. More...

Health Matters Travel & Leisure Published Aug 16, 2018
Get busy living

Get busy living

By Melea Johnson

What if you wake up some day and you're way past 50, and you never went swimming in cool lakes all those years because your thighs were jiggly and your bathtub seemed just fine?

What if you were just too busy with work and perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to go places and do things and explore with your family creating forever memories?

We sometimes forget to capture that very moment called now. The moment when we realize we tend to busy our days with projects that have no apparent pause button and we lose our ability to have fun. More...

For Goodness Sake Travel & Leisure Published Jun 29, 2018
Soap Lake

Don't just do something. Sit there.

By Melea Johnson

There are no shortcuts to anyplace worth going. Take your time. More...

Travel & Leisure Published May 2, 2018
The 2018 Vintage Faire
Gallery: 6 images

The 2018 Vintage Faire

Okanogan County Fairgrounds April 28

Every Spring the Vintage Faire gals and over 50 vendors transform the Okanogan's dusty county fairgrounds into a vintage wonderland. There are three large buildings including a beef barn, busting at the seams with quality furniture, repurposed goods, enamelware, and farm junk that vendors hoard away and save for the show. More...

V Gallery Travel & Leisure Published Feb 21, 2018
Far-Fetched

Far-Fetched

By Melea Johnson

I can get ready in 5-minutes. When it comes to a new adventure, taking time to apply makeup is of no concern no matter how many times I've been told the importance of a good primer. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Feb 1, 2018
Painting Goes Global
Gallery: 5 images

Painting Goes Global

4,781 miles and a walk in the rain…transport of painting goes global

I left SeaTac Airport on a February day with a box of rolled painted canvas to be delivered to an art patron in Portugal, who at the time lived in Amsterdam. Turns out it was less expensive to simply make a trip to London and mail from there to Amsterdam then shipping the same from Seattle. More...

V Gallery Travel & Leisure Published Jan 30, 2018
The Day I Floated in the Sky
Gallery: 3 images

The Day I Floated in the Sky

While working for the Venue Magazine you never know what opportunities or surprises will come your way… so when I was offered the assignment to ride in a hot-air balloon at the Quincy Valley Balloon Festival, I jumped at the chance. I called my friend Roseanna who is a professional photographer to go along. More...

Travel & Leisure Published Sep 9, 2016