Washington’s first volksmarch was held at Fort Lewis in 1982. The activity was popular with military serving in Europe. Chuck Repik of Steilacoom discovered the sport while serving in Europe. He set up the first Washington Volksmarch with Bob Hren of Tacoma. Washington now has 25 Volksmarch clubs. The Evergreen State Volkssport Association is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Circling an entire city block at Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street in downtown Portland is an outdoor food court like none other. About 60 tiny restaurants are scrunched together, offering diners four styles of falafel, Thai street food, fried Scottish fish, pierogi and dumplings.
Rose City’s big, blooming bounty Portland’s location at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers and a good 100 miles south of Puget Sound gives it a leg up on the growing season. Naturally, it’s a gardener’s paradise.
For years, the routes on the May Day Classic bicycle ride from Federal Way to Mount Rainier were named after Hostess snacks.