A road trip across Washington State comes to an end

Anyone expecting a sea change in state politics is bound to be disappointed, even if, in the wake of last year’s divisive presidential election, some…

Day 5: Hunting for an outlaw, finding fire!

Davenport — Fire! We’d just been talking about it that morning. But it wasn’t really on our minds as we turned down on a long gravel…

Day 4: Soul-searching in plateau country

  Waterville — Coming out of the Wenatchee Valley, you wind up rock hills along the Columbia River and suddenly emerge on top of the Waterville…

Day 3: A tale of two Wenatchee farmers

  Wenatchee — The fruit growers’ world is both big and small. Their markets are national and global, yet their concerns and survival often hinge…

Day 2: In Cashmere, Aplets, Cotlets and a housing crisis

Cashmere — You enter the dry side of the Cascades at Leavenworth, the Bavarian-themed tourist village in a stunning alpine setting, and follow Highway 2…

Day 1: Hippie liberals leave a mark along Highway 2

Gold Bar — Highway 2 was a working highway. It was cobbled together from wagon roads, rail beds and horse trails. Westside towns in the…

Why a road trip across Washington?

Since last November’s election, it’s seemed more important than ever to get outside Puget Sound’s blue bubble. Political divisions have made it harder to connect…

The tiny-house village that started a movement

Tucked into an industrial complex a few miles from Washington state’s capitol building in Olympia is a grassy field ringed by 30 tiny houses, each…