Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: A COVID Christmas letter

CONGRATULATIONS, YOU SURVIVED the latest COVID-holiday, Thanksgiving. Where we gathered together to celebrate the fact that we didn’t burn the house down frying the turkey,… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A ‘Dirty Thirties’ Thanksgiving

THIS IS A story of an Olympic Peninsula family celebrating Thanksgiving in the olden days. “It was back in the Depression, the ‘Dirty Thirties.’ Pa… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: It’s spawning season again

IT WAS DAYLIGHT on the river on a dark and dismal day. It’s a favorite time of year. When the rain cleans the river of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Opening day of elk season

IT WAS DAYLIGHT in the swamp on the opening day of elk season. It is a day steeped in a tradition that harkens back to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The day after the election

“THE WHOLE COUNTRY is going to hell in a bucket now that we’ve elected those idiots,” my fancy friend shrieked the day after the election.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: How to get lost

AUTUMN MUST BE my favorite time of year. There are just so many things to do in this outdoor recreational wonderland that we call home.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: October fishing madness

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. An invasion of desperate anglers spread quickly across the Olympic Peninsula from the Dungeness River, west to… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A star is born

Embarking on a new reality television career

PAT NEAL: A modest fish proposal

What can be done to restore our legendary salmon runs?

PAT NEAL: An old fish story

A look at how things changed

PAT NEAL: Living in a smokehouse

Things have been this bad and a lot worse

PAT NEAL: All aboard the love boat

It’s tourist season on the Peninsula

PAT NEAL: Can you eat a fish?

A TOURIST RECENTLY asked me how and where they could catch and eat a fish. This is a common question that can lead us down… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Be prepared in the wilderness

IT WAS ANOTHER tough week in the news. A woman fell off the Hurricane Ridge Road and had to be pulled 100 feet up a… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The end of the last frontier

IN LAST WEEK’S episode of heroes and villains of the North Olympic Peninsula, Victor Smith, a city father of Port Angeles, hanged in effigy in… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Olympic heroes or villains continued

IN LAST WEEK’S episode, we were reviewing a number of historic individuals who could be considered heroes or villains depending on your point of view.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Olympic Peninsula heroes

ON JULY 3, President Donald Trump proposed a “National Garden of American Heroes.” The proposed national monument would feature the greatest Americans to ever live.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: There walks a logger

IT WAS THAT great American philosopher Buzz Martin, also known as “The Singing Logger,” who said, “There walks a logger, there walks a man.” I… Continue reading