BY THE SHORE

Ex­plore the Pa­cific North­west Coast like a Lo­cal

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Nancy Blakey, Sasquatch Books (MAY) Soft­cover $22.95 (256pp), 978-1-63217-143-6

If you’re look­ing for a guide to all things Pa­cific North­west that’s just about per­fect, this is it.

Au­thor Nancy Blakey of­fers a wealth of in­for­ma­tion, from a de­scrip­tion of the ex­quis­ite “sound of si­lence” at the Hoh Rain For­est’s One Square Inch of Si­lence to all you’ve ever wanted to know (and more) about salmon, crabs, and clams and how to catch, clean, and cook them.

Though she lived with her fam­ily on Bain­bridge Is­land, Blakey’s busy life kept her time out­doors lim­ited to walk­ing her dog. One day, she was star­tled to re­al­ize that she was miss­ing out on all the beauty and ad­ven­ture that sur­rounded her.

The re­sult was this book, filled with awe-in­spir­ing pho­to­graphs; use­ful and fun il­lus­tra­tions; maps and di­rec­tions that high­light what you’ll most want to ex­pe­ri­ence; sug­ges­tions on where to eat, and even what to or­der when you get there; fun projects to do with chil­dren; sea-in­spired arts and crafts; scrump­tious recipes; rules and reg­u­la­tions to be aware of; lists of all you’ll need for the ac­tiv­i­ties you choose; and warn­ings to keep you safe and healthy as you en­joy your trip. She’s even in­cluded the pro­nun­ci­a­tions of some un­usual place-names, mak­ing it eas­ier for you to sound like a lo­cal.

The book is di­vided by the sea­sons, mak­ing it easy to plan trips all year long; you’ll know what’s hap­pen­ing, what’s open and what’s not, and what you can ex­pect from the weather no mat­ter when you want to travel.

With Blakey as your guide, you’ll miss noth­ing; in fact, you’re likely to come away know­ing more than the lo­cals about the spec­tac­u­lar Pa­cific North­west.

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