Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: Remembering a guide’s friend

Like the good Book said, “There were giants in the land.” We lost one last week. If you didn’t know Bob Gooding and his tackle… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A short history of winter

As a kid, I remember the old-timers saying, “We don’t have winters like that anymore.” Referring to sometime in the distant past when things were… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Peninsula power problems

IT WAS A dark and stormy night. Then the power went out and it got darker. The storm got wilder. Our thoughts were with our… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: New Year’s resolutions

By now, I’m pretty sure we’ve all had it up to here with know-it-all newspaper columnists wasting valuable print space spouting off phony New Year’s… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: ‘Tis the season of holiday stress

It’s been another tough week in the news. The holiday stress is running at a fever pitch. I blame the media. People are stressed out… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Yes, Virginia, there is a steelhead

I am 8 years old. My family and I have been fishing for steelhead all year and haven’t caught one. Some of my friends say… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: My Christmas wish list

Call it the magic of the season or the true Christmas spirit. It’s time once again for my Christmas wish list. It’s not my intention… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Endangered species roulette

In last week’s episode, we broke the story about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declaring war on the barred owl. The agency announced plans… Continue reading

A barred owl perched on a road sign. (Pat Neal/for Peninsula Daily News)

PAT NEAL: The barred owl menace

And so, another hunting season passes astern. I hope you did better than I did. All I got was the ingredients for tag soup. That’s… Continue reading

A barred owl perched on a road sign. (Pat Neal/for Peninsula Daily News)

PAT NEAL: How to have a happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving. The word conjures images of black-robed pilgrims in white starched collars sitting down to dinner with their Indian friends to give thanks at the… Continue reading

Marilyn Lewis as a young woman.

PAT NEAL: She died with her boots on

In last week’s episode, we were celebrating the life of the Hoh Tribal woman Tsi-hos-tub. Called Pansy Martin Snell by the Europeans, she is the… Continue reading

Marilyn Lewis as a young woman.
Daughter of the Olympic Wilderness: The Life and Times of Pansy Martin Snell

PAT NEAL: Daughter of the Olympic Wilderness

Read any good books lately? Daughter of the Olympic Wilderness: The Life and Times of Pansy Martin Snell (Poseidon Peak Publishing, 2023) is the latest… Continue reading

Daughter of the Olympic Wilderness: The Life and Times of Pansy Martin Snell

PAT NEAL: Fishing for excuses

Profiling and stereotyping have no place in a Wilderness Gossip Column. In last week’s episode, it was mistakenly mentioned that deer hunters have more excuses… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The great deer hunt

I spent all last summer cursing the day deer were invented for what they did to my garden. Herds of worthless deer ate my garden… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The great mushroom hunt

In last week’s episode, we examined the very real possibility of mushroom hunters getting lost in the woods. It happens every year, but it doesn’t… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A reoccurring moisture trend

A REAL WOODSMAN doesn’t need a weatherman to know if it is going to rain. Often, by observing the formation of clouds and direction of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A winter forecast

THE SIGNS OF the season are certain. There is fresh snow on Mount Olympus. The vine maples are red. The maples are yellow. The old… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The fall chore list

THIS MUST BE the most beautiful fall weather we’ve seen in years. But I’m not one to sit around and admire the view when there’s… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A return to the Queets

Back on this day, Sept. 20, 1890, Private Harry Fisher, a member of Lt. Joseph P. O’Neil’s U.S. Army expedition who had been sent to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The sting of bee season

By now, I think we’ve all had it up to here with our seasonal visitors and their in-your-face attitude every time we step outside to… Continue reading