Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: The Quarantine Chronicles: Boomer remover review

Imagine a view from a ridge top high in the mountains. It looks like someplace up the Dungeness, where there’s nothing but bare rock without… Continue reading

 

PAT NEAL: The Quarantine Chronicles: A new reason to stay home

JUST WHEN YOU thought things couldn’t get any worse, we got another good reason to stay home, locked in isolation for the foreseeable future. The… Continue reading

 

PAT NEAL: The Quarantine Chronicles: A crop of hope

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. The governor extended the stay-at-home order for another month. It was a tough call, but these are… Continue reading

 

PAT NEAL: The quarantine conundrum

IT WAS GOING to be one of those days. You know the ones, where you’re just about fed up with everything and everybody and you… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Quarantine Chronicles: The Boomer Remover

IT WAS A day I’ll never forget. I remember it like it was yesterday. Maybe it was yesterday. How would I know? After a month… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Herd mentality when there’s more than enough hay

IT WAS DAYLIGHT in the swamp. I was already late for a very important date. Breakfast with the ladies. They consider breakfast the most important… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Skunk Cabbage Festival canceled

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. It was revealed that the Oil City Skunk Cabbage Festival scheduled for April 1 was canceled due… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Don’t panic, stay calm

Don’t panic, stay calm BY NOW I think we’ve all had it up to here with health experts telling us not to panic over the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A historic canoe journey

LISTENING TO PEOPLE complain about the weather on the Olympic Peninsula is evidence we’ve evolved into a nation of wimps. To hear the horrors of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Co-managed to extinction

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. The WDFW, aka the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, or “We Destroy Fishing in Washington” depending… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Come for the view, stay for the plastic

IT WAS DAYLIGHT in the swamp. Something had gone terribly wrong. There was an ominous silence with no reassuring splatter of rain drops hitting the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Discovery Pass decision

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. Blizzards, floods and wind hit so hard this wilderness gossip columnist got a case of the carpal… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Hoh rocks

IT’S BEEN ANOTHER tough week in the news. The Upper Hoh Road washed out again. This popular entrance to Olympic National Park welcomes over 80,000… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A decade of disaster

BY NOW WE are all fed up with know-it-all newspaper columnists telling us what the most important events of the last 10 years were. Anything… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The royal visit

IT’S BEEN ANOTHER tough week in the news with the recurring snowmaggedon, the heartbreaking Seahawks playoff loss to the Packers and the month long shutdown… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Rainforest expedition

IT WAS A dark and stormy night. Inside the cabin, the wood stove glowed red with venison stew simmering, fresh baked biscuits and a whistling… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Happy New Year

THANK YOU FOR reading this. Sometimes I think if you didn’t read this, no one would. Writing our nation’s only weekly wilderness gossip column is… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Merry Christmas anyway

THIS HAS BEEN a controversial Christmas season in the controversial year where everything is offensive if you think about it long and hard enough and… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Yes, Virginia, there is a steelhead

(WITH APOLOGIES TO Francis Pharcellus Church, editor of the New York Sun, Dec. 21, 1897.) I am 8 years old. My family and I have… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Flu season shots help

THIS IS A morning that can make you feel like a spawned-out salmon headed downstream tail first. Now, I am not going to waste valuable… Continue reading