Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: My cow-riding rodeo career

NOTHING SAYS SUMMER like the roar of the lawn mower, the spike in seasonally-adjusted gas prices and the most priceless air pollution I know, the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A sorry individual

IT WAS THAT great American philosopher John Wayne who spoke these immortal words, “Never apologize and never explain. It’s a sign of weakness.” That’s from… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The coming crisis

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. We live in a time when people tend to blame the media for bad news, but all… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Thunderbird and the railroad

MAYBE THERE’S NO such thing as the good old days, but then again, disturbing days of the present can make you wonder what time in… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The Quarantine Chronicles: Memorial Day

THAT WAS THE best Memorial Day ever. We may be under a coronavirus lockdown, but all it really took was a little can’t-do attitude to… Continue reading

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

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: Come for the view, stay for the plastic

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

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: The Hoh rocks

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