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Summer music festivals in Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory are near some of the destination’s best foodie, farm and hidden hiking experiences.


August 1–4, Happy Valley, OR family friendly

This zero-waste event redefines the music festival experience as an immersive wonderland where fans discover music’s deep cuts alongside art integrated into the forests, hills, meadows and farm buildings at Pendarvis Farm. The spirit of Pickathon is all about discovery, and Happy Valley boasts urban forests, wetlands and waterfalls many residents don’t know about. Spot deer on a hike in Mt. Talbert Nature Park. Chase waterfalls at Hidden Falls Nature Park.

Support local businesses while finding new favorite foods. Visit FAT Cupcake, which offers mini, skinny and full-size cupcakes with vegan and wheat-free options. Feel fancy with a reservation to Elka Bee’s high tea, they even have a Prince and Princess Tea option for kids under 10.

And for some Portland-area favorites, check out Valley Public House food hall and Happy Valley Station food carts.

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July 18–20, Canby, OR 21+

Don your finest fingerless leather gloves for three days of your favorite Beastie Boys, Metallica, Led Zepplin, and AC/DC hits performed by the best tribute bands in the country. Twenty-seven bands will rock three stages at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds & Events Center.

Don’t miss a visit to downtown Canby while you’re there. Grab a bite at Wayward Sandwiches, where ingredients are sourced

from nearby farms. Sip a hard-to-find whiskey at Siren Song, and take home local art from Alice in Wonderland-themed ArtO-Maddic. Just a ten-minute drive from downtown, visit the world’s only farmstead creamery and distillery at TMK Creamery, where they make vodka from their spent cheese whey called Cowcohol. On the way, stop at Puddin’ River Chocolates for confections and cheese fondue.

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Celebrate Juneteenth, ceramic arts, classic cars and 60 years of building creative sandcastles.


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Explore the environs of Mt. Rainier. Hike, relax or imbibe in the shadow of one of the tallest mountains in the contiguous United States.


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From bluegrass to blues, find a music festival to strike any chord across Oregon and Idaho.


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On this Caribbean cruise, experience the breezy island lifestyle. Explore centuries of history through jungle ruins, or colonial towns with colorful buildings steeped in fascinating stories. Experience adventures in Cozumel, Mexico. Traverse lush jungles in Roatan, Honduras, and unwind on the pristine beaches of Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico. Get ready for an excursion filled with history, relaxation, exploration and exotic tropical wonders. From $674 per person.


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Enjoy an enchanting eight-day Mediterranean adventure by discovering the splendor of France’s southern coast, before taking in Italy’s Renaissance wonders. Explore the artistic and historical riches of Catalonia and Tuscany with overnights in vibrant Barcelona and Tuscany. Delve into the charm of historic Montpellier and the allure of picturesque Marseille in the south of France. Then, experience the glamor of Monte Carlo, Monaco’s dazzling city by the sea. Don’t miss an unforgettable trip filled with art, architecture and timeless beauty. From $2,799 per person.


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Take an unforgettable roundtrip cruise from Seattle to the dramatic Glacier Bay National Park. Travel through pristine waters with views of snow-capped mountains and forests. See wildlife, from breaching humpback whales to brown bears. Marvel at the milewide Margerie Glacier and witness the drama of ice calving. With stops in Ketchikan and Juneau, this journey promises beauty and wildlife at every turn. From $629 per person.



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For a time to relax in the beauty of huge Ponderosa pines and a magnificent river, visit the Metolius Basin in Central Oregon (Camp Sherman). Hike, fly fish, mountain bike, snow ski (in season), view wildlife or just sit in front of a fire and watch the river go by. Cabins for rent at 8 resorts and great food available at several locations. Visit



What began as a community-building event in 1964 has evolved into one of the largest and sandiest events on the West Coast, and will be held this year on June 15. The Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest, recognized as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, celebrates 60 years of creative castles built from sand and accented with only natural materials found on the beach, such as shells, rocks and seaweed. The very first event took place with Cannon Beach residents in isolation after a tsunami washed out the city’s Elk Creek Bridge, rendering the city an island. In 2024, the contest draws entrants and viewers from across the country for a weekend of sand architecture, bonfires, s’mores and a 5K fun run/walk. Afterwards, find the works of sandcastle art dotted along the Cannon Beach shoreline until the next high tide. See

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Step back in time at Car d’Lane, the largest classic car cruise and show in north Idaho. On June 14-15 in Coeur d’Alene, see cars from 1980 and before in motion. Peek under the hoods of more than 400 vehicles on display, meet their owners and learn the history of each one. Plus, find a collection of rare, vintage and exceptional motorcycles at the Coeur D’Moto Alley. See


Enjoy the artistry of Northwest regional ceramic artists at a May 18 art show and sale on the grounds of the EdenVale Winery in Medford, Oregon. The 2024 Clayfolk Spring Show is hosted by the ceramic arts nonprofit Clayfolk, a group dedicated to highlighting the work of artists since 1976. See .



Tribal members and the general public converge for a celebration of Indigenous cultures at the Delta Pow Wow and Encampment on June 14-16 at Portland’s Delta Park. Presented by the Bow & Arrow Culture Club, the weekend includes competition and exhibition dancing, food vendors—including fry bread—and Native arts and crafts, along with the crowning of Miss Indian Northwest. See



Head to Burns, Oregon June 13-15 for the High Desert Music Jamboree, hosted by the Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association. Held at the Harney County Fairgrounds, the event draws musicians from Oregon counties, surrounding states and beyond. See


Watch the sportsmanship, athleticism and grace of whitewater events on May 18-19 at the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival. At Carter Bridge, upriver from Estacada, Oregon, find raft, kayak and paddleboarding events. The festival supports the mission of the Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival, a nonprofit that promotes river education, safety, competition, camaraderie and river stewardship. See

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Taking place on June 15-16 in Bend’s Drake Park, the Juneteenth Central Oregon festival is a celebration of the emancipation of African Americans through African, Caribbean and African-American cuisine, art, music and education. Highlighting the energy of the festival, the theme “Jubilee” captures the event’s joyful foundation in celebration of the diverse cultural tapestry of local communities. See



Mummies give glimpses into the lives of people from ancient civilizations across the world with the clues they leave behind. At The Discover Center of Idaho, in Boise now through fall 2024, see mummies from Egypt, Europe and South America—some dating back 4,500 years. The traveling exhibit, “Mummies of the World” presents the collection of artifacts with dignity and reverance, viewed through a lens of science. See


Since 1974, the Idaho city of Moscow has transported visitors to another era at the Moscow Renaissance Fair, held the first weekend of May in East Park. The fair features a parade led by bagpipers and a colorful dragon, and vendors dressed in Renaissance-inspired attire. On May 4-5, the free event showcases a juried art show with hand-crafted works from across the country. The public can join a Maypole dance accompanied by live music. See

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Check your baggage, proceed to airport security screening and there it is–a long line. You go to the back of the queue while watching others skip the line and breeze through screening. If you like saving time and avoiding the wait, the federal government and private business have options for travelers. Here are the four most common expedited screening programs, three operated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Trusted Traveler Programs (Global Entry, TSA PreCheck™ and NEXUS) and one run by the private company CLEAR.


The most popular program is TSA PreCheck, which surpassed 15 million active members in 2023 and is offered at more than 200 United States airports. Operated by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the program gives members access to lanes with a modified screening process, meaning that belts, shoes and light jackets can be worn through

screening, and laptops and TSA-compliant liquids and gels can stay in carry-on luggage. Ninety-two percent of TSA PreCheck members wait less than 10 minutes at airport security checkpoints. Applicants must complete a fiveminute, online questionnaire and a 10-minute, in-person background check at one of 630-plus enrollment centers across the United States. Once approved, members get a Known Traveler Number, which should be added to a flight reservation. Travelers ages 17 or younger can go through the TSA PreCheck lane with a parent or guardian on the same itinerary. TSA PreCheck is perfect for frequent fliers or those who don’t like waiting in line. The cost is $78 for a five-year membership.


For individuals who travel abroad, even infrequently, Global Entry is a good choice. The $100 membership fee (scheduled to increase in October) includes TSA PreCheck, plus international travelers returning home by

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air, land and sea can skip long lines at customs. Instead, Global Entry members use touchless portals which snap a biometric photo before instructing them to proceed to a CBP officer for streamlined clearance. The new Global Entry Mobile App allows travelers to bypass the portals by validating their arrival to the United States on their iOS or Android device prior to entering the Federal Inspection Services area. Global Entry applicants need a valid passport and, like TSA PreCheck, must visit an enrollment center for fingerprinting and an ID check, plus an interview. (Note: Portland and Boise both have enrollment centers.) Global Entry has fewer interview centers than TSA PreCheck, and individuals will be asked additional questions about their travel history in the past five years. Expect to wait four to six months for approval. For faster approval, check out the Enrollment on Arrival (EoA) program, which allows conditionally approved applicants to schedule an interview on arrival into the United States. On the West Coast, participating airports in Portland, Seattle and eight California locations offer EoA appointments.


If you cross between the United States and Canada regularly, NEXUS is for you. Travelers who apply will undergo risk assessment by both countries and once approved will pay $50 to be certified by NEXUS for five years. Members can use speedier processing lanes at border crossings, as well as NEXUS kiosks

when entering Canada by air, and Global Entry portals when entering from the United States. Individuals must submit an online application and also schedule an in-person interview at an enrollment center. For Oregon and Idaho residents, Blaine, Washington, and Sweetgrass, Montana, are the closest NEXUS enrollment centers. NEXUS members can use TSA PreCheck security lines at airports within the United States. Understand that processing time for the program may take up to 14 months.


CLEAR Plus is an expedited security program run by the publicly-traded company CLEAR. It is offered at 50-plus United States airports. Rather than wait in line for an agent to review their ID, CLEAR members enter a separate line where they submit a fingerprint or iris scan. After this, a CLEAR representative will escort members to the head of the main screening line. See CLEAR for prices at .

NOTE: Annual fees are subject to change. Not all airports offer expedited screening and children may need their own membership. Information was accurate at print time.

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Soaring above the Seattle skyline, Mt. Rainier is one of the tallest peaks in the contiguous United States. Born from the volcanic energy of the Cascades Range, it measures 14,410-feet high. At Mt. Rainier National Park, established in 1899, visitors can see it up close. In a natural wonderland of more than 236,000 acres of old-growth forests, subalpine meadows and alpine cliffs, the massive mountain takes up a third of that acreage. Even amid mountain ranges that surround the park, Mt. Rainier wows when favorable winds blow clouds away from its peak. Along its trails and roads, rushing rivers from some of the mountain’s 25 named glaciers bring life to the ecosystems and sustain wildlife that call this place home. It’s no wonder one of its ancient names is Tahoma —meaning “mother of waters” in the language of the Puyallup tribe. It holds a deep spiritual connection to tribes whose ancestral lands are nearby. Enjoy a long weekend at this special place.

See and Do

Most visitors from Oregon and Washington enter the park at the southwest Nisqually entrance and soon approach Longmire, the first area settled in the park, now a National Historic Landmark District.

At 5,400 feet, on the south slope of the park lies the popular Paradise recreation area. Along with a network of hiking trails, it hosts a visitor center and the park’s largest historic lodge.

The northeast part of the park offers high-elevation trails, with a campground and visitor center at Sunrise. Take in 360-degree views of the eastern side of the mountain and other peaks of the Cascade Range at Sunrise Point.

The quiet northwest quadrant’s temperate rainforest is accessed by the Carbon River entrance. What it lacks in amenities, it makes up for in backcountry hiking along the glacial Carbon River and the park’s largest lake, Mowich Lake, which opens each July.


In the southeast, visitors discover Ohanapecosh Campground and a visitor center just a few miles from the Stevens Canyon entrance. At the lowest elevation in the park, this area has less snow accumulation and a huge diversity of plants and trees.


Hikers of any skill level will find the perfect amble among the 240 miles of the park’s maintained trails. Popular routes include portions of the 93-mile Wonderland Trail, which circles Mt. Rainier, and the Skyline Trail that heads up the south side of the mountain from the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise through subalpine wildflowers found at their peak in July and August.

On the southeast side, take the 3-mile loop of the Silver Falls Trail to overlook the Ohanapecosh River and wander among forested landscape with 500-yearold trees and a rushing waterfall. The popular Grove of the Patriarchs trail is currently closed for restoration, he southern portion of the 26.2-mile Eastside Trail offers a hike with views of similarly ancient trees..

History buffs will love the Longmire Historic District self-guided walking tour, showcasing the massive logs and glacial boulders that give the architectural style of the buildings a distinct sense of place. The Trail of the Shadows is a family-friendly 0.7-mile loop, featuring an interpretive walk with a historic cabin, beaver pond and old-growth trees. Near Longmire, take the Wonderland Trail to Carter Falls, Rampart Ridge and Eagle Peak and spend the day wandering.

Other Park Activities

For exhibits about the park, guided walks, natural history talks and other ranger programs, stop by the visitor centers at Sunrise, Paradise and Ohanapecosh. Take in the incredibly varied and dramatic geology of this mountainous region. On Stevens Canyon Road, stop to see the vantage points from accessible viewpoints at Box Canyon and Backbone Ridge, or take a quick walk to Reflection Lakes to see Mt. Rainier reflected in the water.

Bikes and e-bikes aren’t permitted on trails or offtrail areas, but several roads allow cyclists to enjoy the scenery. Westside Road, which runs roughly north to south near the Nisqually entrance, offers 13 miles of gravel with an elevation gain of 1,120 feet.

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TOP Myrtle Falls BOTTOM Learn forest history at the Ohanapecosh Visitor Center. OPPOSITE PAGE See a wildflower meadow at Spray Park. PHOTO TOP ERIC KILBY

Lodging in the Park

Campgrounds at Cougar Rock in the southwest and Ohanapecosh in the southeast section of the park are open to reservations for car and RV camping, generally from late May to early October. Reserve well ahead of your visit on Arrive early to secure a spot at the first-come, first-served White River Campground in the northeast.

For less rustic digs, book a room at one of the park’s two historic lodges. The impressive Paradise Inn, with 121 guest rooms, is located within walking distance to trails and the Paradise Visitor Center. Either check in or simply take a peek at the stunning architecture inside the massive lobby. The National Park Inn has 25 guest rooms in Longmire village, along with a restaurant and general store.

Eat and Drink

In the park, enjoy coffee and sandwiches at the on-site takeout spot, the Tatoosh Café at Paradise Inn. A new breakfast spot and bakery, Santo Milagro in Packwood, serves Mexican specialties such as huevos rancheros, plus omelets and housemade pastries. In Ashford, the popular Wildberry Restaurant serves Tibetan momos and curries. At the base of Mt. Rainier, find Eatonville and the Mill Haus Cider Co. for hard cider and music events.

Know Before You Go

In May, most of the park will be covered in snow and several main roads are closed. Roads and campgrounds begin to open in late May, but Stevens Canyon Road

will be closed until June. Higher-elevation trails may not melt until July. In July and August, it’s best to visit on weekdays and arrive early in the morning; you’ll find parking difficult in popular areas.

A new timed-entry permit program will affect all travel from late May to September in 2024. Permits are required for the Paradise and Sunrise corridors–two major thoroughfares in popular areas in the park—from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn all about it at

The National Park Service app provides interactive maps, park amenities, accessibility options and more. Because most of the park lacks cellular service, download all necessary information before departure.

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Music Season

Festivals sound off for a summer of fun

Few things are as synonymous with a Pacific Northwest summer as hitting the road for live music. Luckily, summer music festivals dot the calendar and landscape from Southern Oregon to Northern Idaho. Classical music lovers can appreciate orchestras from across the globe, while those looking to dance may find their favorite band performing on a main stage to accompany their steps.

Music lovers find festivals with nonstop music packed into one day or others with performances spread throughout the summer. Some festivals, such as Vanport Jazz Festival in Portland, Oregon, offer music in one location, while the Sisters Folk Festival declares, “all the town’s a stage.” Whether to find a favored genre or discover a diversity of artists, festivals offer a chance to get away and meet up with lifelong friends, and make some new ones along the way. A festival-goer needs only decide if they want to bring the children, and if they want to sleep in a tent, RV or hotel bed. Reviewing the day’s musical exploration at the end of a day or swapping stories in the sun is all that’s needed to make the most of a summer adventure. Plus, many festivals offer extracurricular activities to pair with the event, such as backstage VIP meet and greets, educational workshops or culinary tastings. There’s always plenty to keep everyone occupied on a musical getaway. Here are some music festivals not to be missed in Oregon and Idaho.



June to September | Jacksonville, Oregon

A natural amphitheater located in the historic Southern Oregon town of Jacksonville is the site of the Britt Music & Arts Festival each summer, showcasing worldclass touring musicians. When Portland conductor John Trudeau and his friend Sam McKinney found the acoustically pleasing natural amphitheater amidst ponderosa pines and madrones on the Jacksonville estate of Peter Britt, they were in luck. The festival was launched on that spot in 1963, and in 1978 the festival expanded to include pop artists such as Nickel

Creek and Pink Martini. Today, the communitybased nonprofit brings a wide range of musical experiences to Jacksonville. Staying true to its roots, 2024 marks the 62nd season of the official Britt Festival Orchestra, this year led by Peter Bay and Brazilian-born conductor Alexandra Arrieche. Catch the seven orchestral performances and 10 BrittKids Concerts, plus several special Star Wars soundtrack performances. Perhaps equal to the music, Jacksonville is packed with additional lures. It offers historic inns and B&Bs, quality wineries and places to paddle board or mountain bike on summer afternoons. See

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July 13 - 27 | Coos Bay, Oregon

The seaside Oregon Coast Music Festival runs for a fortnight in July and offers jazz, American Songbook, classical, and pops performances, plus preview seminars. The picturesque Coos Bay venues include the boathouse at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Shore Acres State Park and the acoustically stunning Marshfield High School Auditorium. Oregon Coast Music Festival has grown significantly since 1978 when the Willamette University professor of violin, Charles Heiden, put on a Haydn performance in an attempt to encourage local children to study orchestral music. Arrive to the festival early for free workshops conducted by orchestral musicians and open rehearsals that peel back the curtain on performance preparation. The almost all-volunteer board schedules at least 10 performances during the festival, while the community hosts up to 80 orchestra players. Park your RV on the beach at Sun Outdoors RV Park and enjoy the state and county parks, museums or the world famous Oregon Sand Dunes. See


August 9 - 23 | Central Oregon

Combining world-class orchestral performances with spectacular natural beauty gives the Sunriver Music Festival (SMF) an almost unfair advantage. Now in its 47th season, the SMF holds nine concerts and more than 14 rehearsals open to the public at venues in both Sunriver and Bend. In addition, they stay busy all year long with another nine concerts and an educational outreach initiative that includes an honored Young Artists Scholarship Program.

The two-week summer showcase includes four classical concerts, a pops concert, solo violin performance, and a “Discover the Symphony” concert. Arrive early to the Summer Concert Series and enjoy Bend’s Tower Theatre performance, complete with a family-friendly matinee and popular “Instrument Petting Zoo.” Stay late to experience the closing show at Sunriver Resort’s historic Great Hall. It’s no secret Central Oregon offers a landscape of natural entertainment with its lakes, rivers and trails, but the festival also overlaps with the nationally recognized Sunriver Art Fair. See

Sunriver Music Festival


October 16 - 20 | Sun Valley, Idaho

For those fostering a love for the traditional American music of jazz, big band swing and blues, the Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival is the place to be each October. The festival takes visitors back to the days of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald for four days and 38 shows in beautiful Central Idaho. Join attendees from around the globe for the 35th year of revisiting the big band sounds of yesteryear.

Make sure to catch the extremely popular Terry Myers

Big Band Frank Sinatra Tribute for your dose of Ol’ Blue Eyes or the NOLA Rhythm & Blues set.

Park an RV at a designated dry-camping area or check in to the world famous Sun Valley Resort and visit the many restaurants, shops and spas that dot the area. After dancing amidst fall-colored aspens under blue skies, hit the trails or experience fly fishing in the Big Wood River. See

Writer Gregg Morris is based in Oregon, but has a spirit for travel and outdoor adventure. He has published stories about sports, community and music nationwide and is a musician himself. He is a guitarist for the Travis Ehrenstrom Band (TEB) that releases its album "Lucky Lady" in April.

Seasons for Music

Britt Music & Arts Festival

June to September | Jacksonville, OR |


4 Peaks Music Festival

June 20-23 | Bend, OR |

Oregon Bach Festival

June 28-July 14 | Eugene, OR |

Big Ponderoo Music and Art Festival

June 29-30 | Sisters, OR |

Waterfront Blues Festival

July 4-7 | Portland, OR |

Oregon Coast Music Festival

July 13-27 | Coos Bay, OR |

The Summer Music Festival

July 18-20 | Roseberry, ID |

FairWell Festival

July 19-21 | Redmond, OR |

Festival at Sandpoint

July 25-Aug 4 |Sandpoint, ID |


Vanport Jazz Festival

August 2-3 | Portland, OR |

Yellow Pine Harmonica Festival

August 1-3 | Yellow Pine, ID |


August 1-4 | Happy Valley, OR |

Sunriver Music Festival

August 10-24 | Sunriver, OR |

Juniper Jam

August 31 | Enterprise, OR |


Cascade Equinox Festival

Sept. 20-22 | Redmond, OR |

Sisters Folk Festival

Sept. 27-29 | Sisters, OR |

Rock the Locks

Oct. 4-6 | Umatilla, OR |

Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival

Oct. 17-20 | Sun Valley, ID |

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PHOTO BY ROB KERR The War and Treaty perform at Big Ponderoo Music & Art Festival in Sisters, Oregon.
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Wellness on the Go

A checklist for safe and healthy travel

Vacation getaways are a time to relax and enjoy a destination. Ensuring a successful trip begins with thoughtful planning to guard against problems and worries upon arrival. “People can get really stressed out when they’re traveling. Managing that stress is important. The more prepared you are, the easier it is,” said Jennifer Kinnaman, senior manager for AAA Travel Services in Portland, Oregon.

There are several ways to help ease stress and stay healthy while traveling. A smart traveler plans ahead, has knowledge as a foundation for peace of mind before departure and is prepared for unforseen circumstances.


One of the first steps to assure healthy travel is to research and understand the environment and healthscape of a destination, especially when traveling internationally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists vaccinations necessary to visit other countries at its easy-to-navigate website. Then, staying connected with your doctor or health system while away may be as simple as downloading a provider’s phone app before departure. While a printed copy of medications or vaccination records is valuable, the additional value of having a way to communicate


with your doctor’s office is important should a medical emergency arise on a trip. First Aid, an app from the American Red Cross, lists symptoms for a variety of medical emergency or accident scenarios a traveler may encounter, along with instructions on what to do to help. Plus, to keep furry traveling companions healthy, the Red Cross also provides a Pet First Aid app. See and .


Arrive at your destination in tip-top shape by considering self care along the way. Both in air and on land, staying hydrated is key. “Water is an important part of many of our body’s functions, and whether a driver or passenger, dehydration can impact your trip by causing cramping, fatigue and lightheadedness,” said Dr. Jason Bronner, primary care medical director with St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. Bronner suggests drinking water early and often instead of sugary or caffeinated beverages. Don’t wait too long; if you’re thirsty, you’re already behind on fluids. The same advice applies to children.

It’s also important to stand up and walk around every hour or so when on a long drive or flight to avoid blood clots called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). These clots often form in the legs and can cause severe pain or swelling, according experts at the Mayo Clinic, but

sometimes there are no noticeable symptoms. A DVT episode can be a serious concern when a blood clot in the veins breaks loose and moves to the lungs, blocking blood flow. A safe and healthy roadtrip or flight sets up the ability to tackle a much-anticipated itinerary.


Today, there’s a heavy reliance on smartphones and the internet to connect visitors to a host country, from local navigation and transportation to accommodations. Kinnaman recommends downloading apps for hotel chains or airlines included in travel plans. These tools keep reservations on file, provide useful information, and send updates concerning flights and accommodations. Some hotel apps even serve as room keys. There’s no guarantee, however, that these apps and websites will always work. “There are times when your phone is not going to get reception, or you’re not going to have directions available to you,” she said. Keep a paper trail of documents. Kinnaman said she travels with printed directions, important contact phone numbers, reservation confirmations and other travel details. “A phone can be stolen or lost, so I encourage people to do this. It’s good to have a backup.” Consider carrying paper copies of


prescriptions, doctor contact information, driver’s licenses and passports.

To prevent being stuck without currency resources, consider carrying credit cards from more than one account when traveling out of the country and contacting your banks to outline your travel plans. Some banks may flag transactions as suspicious if they don’t know you’re there. “Depending on your credit card issuer, you may need to notify them that you’re traveling abroad,” said Darcy Donahoe-Wilmot with JPMorgan Chase bank. “Remember to explore your options and do your research before embarking on your travels,” Donahoe-Wilmot said. “You may also be able to use your credit card to withdraw cash at most ATMs overseas, but knowing the dos and don’ts of using your credit card for international travel may help avoid potential issues.”


Even with the best laid plans, it’s a good idea to take precautions for safety and wellness, especially when planning international travel. Start at the U.S. State Department website, ( ) by reviewing its Traveler’s Checklist page for safety and security information, crisis planning and health precautions. Sign up for its Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive travel and security updates about your destination. The program also helps the State Department contact you in case of an emergency.

Finally, travel insurance can offer peace of mind knowing that if someone in a travel party becomes ill or injured, you’ll have resources for help. It’s an additional expense, but like other types of insurance, it can pay big dividends if needed for a medical emergency. It also may cover reservation cancellation fees and other factors outside of your control.

“Most people don’t think that they need travel insurance when they’re traveling domestically, but what they don’t really understand is that for a low cost, insurance helps take away that pressure,” Kinnaman said. “You can find a local doctor if you become ill or have an emergency. It also allows you to cancel or have coverage for non-refundable expenses.”

With peace of mind, healthy travel is just a few smart steps away.

Dan Shryock is a Salem-based journalist working with magazines and websites in California and the Pacific Northwest. His first book, “Cycling Across Oregon,” explores rural backroads using the state’s 17 scenic bikeways as a road map.

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Beyond fishing, visitors to Alaska explore waters on sightseeing boats and can cast a line along the way.

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Fishing Alaska

Find pristine waters and exceptional vistas in America’s 49th state

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Whether tapping into an ice-covered lake for trout in February or mooching for king salmon in the north Pacific in June, visitors to Alaska encounter some of the world’s most abundant fishing grounds.

The massive 49th state of Alaska is home to 3 million lakes, 12,000 rivers and more than 600 fish species. Avid and beginning anglers can choose from more than 500 licensed fishing guides and resorts, from the Arctic to the interior to the southeast in and around Ketchikan, which bills itself as the Salmon Capital of the World.

The daunting numbers only begin to tell Alaska’s sport fishing story. It’s a place of magnificent beauty, and the memories a visitor brings home of humpback whales, bald eagles, arctic terns and marauding sea lions are likely to rival the stories of the one that got away.


During the past 15 years, I’ve cast a line into Alaskan waters on a half-dozen different fishing outings, from half-day guided excursions as part of cruise sailings to multi-day experiences at dedicated angling resorts. Most recently, I was trolling for winter king salmon this January in Homer, a 35-minute flight from Anchorage.

I’d always considered Alaska as a summer fishing destination—it is, mostly—but charming Homer has gained a reputation for winter kings, and hosts the West Coast’s largest fishing tournament every March. Winter

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LEFT Take in the beauty of Alaska while fishing below the Kenai Mountain Range.

MIDDLE Bring in a catch on the Kenai Peninsula.

RIGHT Guided trips on land or sea help anglers select the lures specific to each location and type of fish.

BOTTOM RIGHT Homer, Alaska.

visitors experience the stirring beauty of the snowdraped Kenai Mountains, but without the warm-weather recreation crowds.

“This is my favorite time of year,” Captain Garrett Lambert told me as he guided the 36-foot Sweet T out of Homer Harbor. “It’s the best way to experience Alaska without anyone else around.”

That electric sensation of spying the rod tip dive suddenly and hearing the sharp buzz of line playing out is likely to be recalled for months after the return home. Souvenirs from an Alaskan fishing vacation fill freezers and end up on dinner plates, again and again. They’re memories genuinely worth savoring.

Most of my Alaska fishing expeditions have revolved around salmon, and the Homer trip was no exception. My wife, Mica, tagged along this time, and on our first day not only landed two king salmon, but the two biggest ones of the trip. Winter kings run smaller than their summer counterparts—in the 8- to 16-pound range—and don’t generally fight as strongly as the summer kings. But Mica had her biggest one on the rod for a good 10 minutes as it circled around and under the boat trying to escape, in vain.

Across two days we landed five kings, a Pacific cod and a black rockfish. Homer is renowned for big halibut, but they were out of season. We also caught a pollock, which ended up as bait in the crab pot, left overnight 300 feet deep. The next day, as Lambert and crewman Brandon Kosht hoisted the trap onto the deck, Lambert dryly announced, “We did okay.” The trap was brimming with big, salmon-pink Tanner crabs.

A bubbling hot tub waited for us after the adventure, with its views of Kachemak Bay from our deck at the cozy Driftwood Inn. See

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Ketchikan: Known as the Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan is home to 28 licensed fishing charters. Outings are available right from town, convenient for cruise-ship visitors.

Sitka: This scenic coastal city in southeast Alaska is an angler’s dream, renowned for huge halibut and worldclass salmon fishing.

Juneau: The state’s capital just north of Sitka has more than 20 charter fishing boats and two local fishing lodges.

Haines: Chum salmon are so plentiful each November, that this scenic town attracts the largest concentration of bald eagles in the United States during that time. Guides also offer fly-out excursions to remote rivers and lakes.

Anchorage: The state’s most populous city, in south-central Alaska, is home to a handful of fishing guides.

Matanuska-Susitna Valley: The MatSu Valley, just north of Anchorage, has numerous rivers and streams with all five Pacific salmon species, plus native rainbow trout and char. The area is home to many guides, along with flyout lodges.

Alex Pulaski is an Oregon-based travel writer with a background in print journalism and communications. His feature articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Afar and more.

Additional Adventures

An Alaskan fishing trip can dovetail with seeing the Aurora Borealis, cross-country skiing or skimming above the scenic Misty Fjords in a floatplane, depending on the season.


A wood-burning stove keeps the cabin toasty as you drop lines through holes cut into a frozen lake, with the wonder of the Aurora Borealis just outside. Stay: The marvelous Borealis Basecamp is about 25 miles north of the city, but a world away.


The giant Kincaid Park is home to excellent groomed trails. Stay: Hotel Captain Cook was built in 1965 in the aftermath of the devastating 1964 earthquake. Its 546 rooms continue to set an Alaskan standard for luxury.


Various operators offer tours by sea or floatplane. Stay: Cape Fox Lodge has views of the waterfront, an onsite restaurant and beautiful displays on Native culture.

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