Pat Neal

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

PAT NEAL: Most wonderful time of the year

if only for a brief moment — there is hope… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: What day is it, anyway?

HOW WAS YOUR Indigenous Peoples Day? Formerly known as Columbus Day, the Port Angeles City Council voted to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on the second… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The true cost of salmon fishing

ALONG ABOUT THIS time of year we get a run of salmon up the rivers. That’s where some folks prefer to fish for them: Where… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: On losing an old friend

AUTUMN IS IN the air. There is the smell of wood smoke, the calls of the geese flying south and the sound of the rivers… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The lost and the not yet lost

THERE ARE ONLY two types of mushroom pickers. Those that have gotten lost in the woods and those who haven’t, yet. The sudden arrival of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Blue-tarp camping misery

THERE’S NOTHING QUITE like the sound of rain on the roof, unless you have a leaky roof. And the roof is a chunk of leaky… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: You can’t go crabbing in a tidal wave

THANK YOU FOR reading this. Sometimes I think if you didn’t read this no one would. But you do. I know that because of all… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The coming subduction event

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. The state Department of Natural Resources just came out with the latest version of its Tsunami Inundation… Continue reading