Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: The skunk cabbage; the real state flower

IT’S SPRINGTIME IN the lowlands. You can tell because folks are back to cussing the rain instead of the snow. It’s been said the Eskimos… Continue reading

 

PAT NEAL: Looking on the bright side of snow

MAYBE THE BIRDS know something we don’t: that spring is just around the corner. The unseasonably cold weather has not stopped them from enjoying their… Continue reading

 

PAT NEAL: The bug season forecast

THANK YOU FOR reading this. It is our fondest hope that you will continue to rely on this column to keep you informed and up… Continue reading

 

PAT NEAL: Snowstorm strategies and the bonds of vexation

BY NOW I think we’ve all had it up to here with living on the North Pole. OK, maybe the North Pole didn’t shift to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: That winter was a hard one

IF I’VE HEARD this once, I’ve heard it a million times from the local old-timers, “That winter was a hard one. We don’t have winters… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A humble apology

THANK YOU FOR reading this. Sometimes I think if you didn’t read this no one would. But you do. You send me the most wonderful… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Remember your river etiquette

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column has been corrected to reflect that the river etiquette guidelines mentioned here are from the Olympic Peninsula Guides’ Association. IN AN… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Finding the Pacific Trail

SOMETIMES, WHEN READING the accounts of the first people who came to the Olympic Peninsula, it’s hard to imagine how any of us from the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: From elk to puncheon trails

IN LAST WEEK’S episode we were considering the evolution of the Olympic Peninsula infrastructure while cruising the highways and byways of the paradise we call… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Peninsula’s hidden trails

OFTEN WHILE GLIDING along the paved roads of the Olympic Peninsula you wonder at the difficulty of travel in this land before the age of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Thank you, Rose

THE NEW YEAR has come and with it a traditional impulse to resolve to do better than we did last year. Often, this is a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: What I wanted for Christmas

HOW WAS YOUR Christmas? Mine was a disaster that started out bad when the inflatable Santa lawn ornament took a direct hit from what loggers… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: How’s the fishing?

HOW’S THE FISHING? If I had a buck for every time I have heard that question I would not be a lowly wilderness gossip columnist.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A special time of year

IT’S A SPECIAL time of year when friends and relations get together to celebrate the joy of the season. Though the days be short, the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Most wonderful time of the year

IT’S THE MOST wonderful time of the year. There are so many things to be thankful for, like the fact that the Thanksgiving holiday is… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Thanksgiving: Knowing when you got it good

THERE’S A LOT of talk these days about holiday stress. It makes one think back in history when our traditional holidays were more of a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Salmon’s gift to the future

MAYBE YOU’VE HAD one of those days. You wake up on an autumn morning and everything hurts. Nothing seems to move right. You feel like… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: My crazy uncle

I’VE GOT THIS crazy uncle. He’s got some bad problems. Maybe you can relate because you have a crazy uncle, too. As kids we were… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: All new fishing excuses

IT HAPPENS EVERY year about this time. People start whining about the sunny weather and wishing for rain, forgetting the warning about getting what you… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Autumn harvest frustrations

AUTUMN IS A time of gathering the wild abundance that grows all around us. There are so many hidden treasures to discover, it’s hard to… Continue reading