Pat Neal

PAT NEAL: A Christmas canoe cruise continued

LAST WEEK, WE were comparing our modern system of transportation with a Christmas canoe cruise from Neah Bay to Port Townsend in December 1859 by… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: A Christmas canoe cruise

As the holiday season progresses, we ask ourselves the question, “will we be at home or on the road?” This year, staying home for the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Extinction for profit

It was another tough week in the news. A decision was made by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife that should go a long… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Razor clamming best way to avoid post-holiday chores

Now that Thanksgiving is over, only the drudgery of cleanup remains. Don’t get bogged down in the details as an excuse for doing nothing. A… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Things could be worse

We’ve heard a lot about supply chain problems lately. It’s nothing new to people who hunt, fish and gather wild crops to augment their food… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: An answer to an age old queston

It was daylight on the river. We were sitting in the vapors of a fog-shrouded valley trying to solve the central problems of human existence.… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The ‘Miracle of the Salmon’

This year’s big run of humpies, or pink salmon, in the Dungeness River is like a miracle. It brings to mind the first recorded “Miracle… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The forecast for this winter

Autumn must be my favorite time of year. If only because it helps us to prepare for winter. You remember winter? Maybe you were so… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Sympathy for the Fish Cop

Thank you for reading this. You send the most interesting letters. One of the best came as a response to my explanation of how our… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Try not to get lost

Who says there is no good news these days? A lost backpacker was found after four days by search and rescue teams made up of… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Disaster Preparedness month

By now we’ve all about had it up to here with the nanny-state government telling us what to do. The last I heard, this was… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The happiness of fall chores

Autumn must be my favorite time of year. When the Olympic Mountains stand so stark and tall in the smoke-free air, they almost seem like… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Appreciate the labor of nation’s health care workers

Dealing with the crush of vacationing hordes that invaded the Olympic Peninsula this summer has stressed the tourist infrastructure to the breaking point. The problem… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Rough bar conditions

It was daylight on the water. A heaving deck and the smell of saltwater told me I’d awakened to a real-life nightmare. In the murk… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Understanding our fishing laws

It was another tough week in the news. The good news is the 2021 Washington State Sport Fishing rules came out. The bad news is… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Let the rain keep coming

“Does it always rain like this?” my fancy friend asked recently while huddling under a refreshing morning shower that hit so hard the raindrops seemed… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Who owns the river: An apology

It was wrong to say in a recent column that bureaucrats, biologists and the bull trout owned the Hoh River. In my own defense, there’s… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Bureaucrats, biologists and bull trout

In our history of the Hoh River, we’ve watched the transfer of ownership from the Native Americans, to warring European nations and eventually to the… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: Nonprofits here to help?

In previous episodes, we traced the transfer of ownership of the Hoh River from the Native Americans, who were the original inhabitants, to various warring… Continue reading

PAT NEAL: The logging capital of the world

The Native Americans were the first to log the Olympic Peninsula. They cut the Western Red Cedar. Every part of the cedar tree, from its… Continue reading