The Loudest Jets in the Quietest Park

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In the summer of 2014, the U.S. Navy established an Electronic Warfare Range on large swathes of Washington's Olympic National Forest and in airspace...

The View From Blyn Lookout

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                                        A couple of months ago my husband, Bruce, and I bought a new-to-us camper, the cabover style, from some folks out near Lake...

Housing: Here’s Something We Can Do

What if we told you that we can’t solve the homeless crisis by building houses? That’s a pretty counterintuitive statement, especially coming from an...

The Trail: Do We Know the Way to Discovery Bay?

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Every ride or hike on the Larry Scott Trail is an exhilarating jaunt leading to disappointment.  We revel in the views across Townsend Bay,...

Akeyla’s Excellent Adventure: Let’s Finish!

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Sixty miles into the Seventy-48 race, Akeyla Behrenfeld decided she was done.  The 14-year-old Port Townsend middle schooler had rowed her home-built, wooden boat...

Solar Under the Rain Shadow

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At 6 am this morning, our home was using two-tenths of a kilowatt/hour (KWh) of electricity from the regional power grid – just enough...

One Small Fire, Thousands of Seabirds

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This summer, as in countless summers past, Protection Island became a colossal daycare center for tens of thousands of seabirds. Glaucous winged gulls laid their...

What Goes Around Is Coming Around

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Here in Port Townsend, we have seen the future. It’s round, runs counterclockwise, and forces us to turn right. So it’s going...

Crab season: Your Handy Guide

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Crab season starts Thursday.  Insider tip: There’s a secret way to consistently get Dungeness crabs here in Port Townsend. You can’t miss. Here it...

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What Puget Sound Pilots Want You to Know

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It may sound counterintuitive, but when a big ship leaves the high seas and enters the restricted waters of Puget Sound, it is entering...

So Long, Pygmy Kayaks

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More than three decades ago, when guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were building technology companies that would change the world, another Ivy...

Fort Núñez Gaona

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In 1792, Spanish colonists, led by Lt. Sálvador Fidalgo, constructed Fort Núñez Gaona on the shore of Neah Bay. Named after Admiral Manuel Núñez...

Welcome to The Rainshadow Journal!

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Rainshadow Journal is a website of news, commentary  and photography produced by a collective of retired journalists and co-conspirators, most of us in Port...

On the Hard: Pelican

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From Classic Yachts to Fish Packers: Their Stories Pelican: In the World of Wooden Boats The one-time research vessel Pelican was hauled out at Port Townsend's...