Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: Tourist questions asked by real tourists

THIS MUST BE one of the busiest tourist seasons ever. It had the locals hoping that school would hurry up and start so everyone would… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Don’t cry over spilled salmon

THERE’S AN OLD saying around here that good fences make good neighbors or good neighbors make good fences, whatever. The fact is, it’s too late… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Big One between Thunderbird, nemesis

AS AMBASSADORS OF the tourist industry, it is often our duty to answer the many questions visitors have about the recreational wonderland that is our… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Could learn a thing or two from black bears

SOMEONE RECENTLY ASKED me: How can I protect my children from the bears? It was a question that might be appropriate for a visit to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Give Canada break on smokey air

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news, when we learned the value of things we take for granted, such as clean air. With the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Helping tourists enjoy their their stays

WITH SWARMS OF tourists assaulting the North Olympic Peninsula this summer, it might be a good time to answer some of the frequently asked questions… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Making the rain more palatable

THIS PAST WEEKEND saw a chain reaction of tragic events that might have marred the image of the North Olympic Peninsula as a vacation wonderland… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Summer bugs driving me batty

IT IS DAYLIGHT in the swamp. You notice a faint buzzing sound as the insects of the forest awaken. The first of your tormentors is… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Question marks fill tourism’s legacy

IN MY JULY 5 column, we traced the history of tourists on the North Olympic Peninsula from the prehistoric mastodon hunters seeking new lands ripe… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A short history of tourists

NOW THAT THE tourists are finally here it’s easy to remember why we put a season on them. From the acidified ocean to the melting… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Another round of stupefying rules

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news: The 2017 Washington state fishing rules were finally printed. I know what you’re thinking. Hasn’t it been… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: My fruitless search for wild blackberries

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news, when the journalistic skills of this gossip columnist were tried to the utmost through describing a devastating… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Dreamer, bureaucrat and scammer: That’s me

WHILE IT IS true that in describing the dissolution of the Hoh River Trust in my May 31 column, “Lack Of Faith In Hoh River… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A lack of faith in Hoh River Trust

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news for those of us who love the Hoh River. The Hoh River Trust decided to give 7,000… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: In the sky: a bird, a plane, the sun!

THERE WAS A mysterious bright object seen out on the West End the other day. Some of the locals panicked and called me wondering if… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Outfoxed by crafty birds

ALL I WANTED was a quiet place at the end of the road where I could write my memoirs. About the years of struggling it… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Dangerous halibut date defies logic

IT WAS DAYLIGHT on the water. It seemed like we were in the middle of the world’s largest washing machine. That’s the feeling you can… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Green crab Dungeness’ newest tormenter

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news for our environment. The recent discovery of “invasive” European green crabs (“European Green Crab Found In Dungeness… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Real science too scary to deal with

HALLOWEEN USED TO be the scariest holiday of the year with ghosts, goblins and the zombie apocalypse threatening to knock on your door when you… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: There’s ‘gold’ in them thar ditches

THEY SAY AMERICA is a country divided and exploited by plundering gangs of panty-grabbing politicians eternally enthroned by an apathetic population of unregistered voters who… Continue reading