Scary Nights Haunted House originally started in 2004 as a spooky corn maze in Everett. Since then, the attraction has moved indoors and toted its masks, props, and glass jars filled with their favorite blood-curdling screams to several different stops around the Seattle area, including Bucoda for the 2012 season. There, Scary Nights transforms a gymnasium into a ghastly, multisensory experience complete with winding corridors and a cast of monsters trained to make every visit a dreadful one.
At the beginning, wine-making was just a hobby for John and his wife; a pursuit limited to making 5-gallon batches in their garage. As their passion for the craft grew, they moved into a cozy, gray-sided barn where grapevines stretched above the door, and soon founded Agate Creek Cellars. Today, John often greets visitors by giving them an impromptu tour of his facilities?from the small demonstration vineyard out back to the rooms where he presses grapes by hand and ages wine in new oak barrels. This process results in seven flavorful wines, which include rich, unfiltered reds and vibrant whites?all crafted from hand-picked eastern Washington grapes. When John and his wife aren't making wines, they're often guiding visitors through a tasting at the polished mahogany bar or using brooms to shoo owls out of the rafters.
For two days each spring and each fall, Chehalis Valley Wine Tour participants can choose their own adventure in the lush Washington valley. The tour has no set route?participants visit at least six wineries, such as Agate Creek Cellars and Scatter Creek Winery, in whichever order they choose. At every one, they sip samples of boutique vintages poured into their passport wineglasses, glassware that also functions as a tour ticket. There are hors d'oeuvres for revelers to nibble on, too, all much tastier than the original winery snack: bacon-wrapped corks.
White sturgeon on Washington's Columbia River. Chinook salmon on Alaska's inlets. Steelhead on Idaho's Clearwater River. West Coast Anglers' network of guides organizes trips throughout the Pacific Northwest in search of these species, specializing in fly-fishing and spey casting to catch the five main species of Pacific salmon. In addition to hooking these river-running trophies, the guides' extend their expertise to drifting and wading trips for rainbow trout, sea-run cutthroat trout, and even dungeness crab. Though West Coast does not operate its own lodges, its guides are happy to recommend hollow logs to sleep in or more traditional accommodations.
Divers' clothing flaps in the wind as they soar toward a patchwork of meadows, with forests spreading out in all directions and mountains looming on the horizon. Sometimes, as the wind rushes past their ears, they can look out and glimpse seven volcanoes in the distance. But before these jumps, Skydive! Toledo's instructors impart the necessary safety measures, touching on how to ensure a parachute has been maintained, how to land, and how to use a guidebook to ask birds for directions. After briefing visitors on the basics, expert jumpers help them learn the physics firsthand on tandem jumps and accelerated free-fall plunges from small Cessna aircraft. They also train first-time skydivers through the static-line program—a former military exercise now used to train sports parachutists toward licenses. From the strut of a single-engine Cessna plane, at an altitude of 3,000 feet, a student leaps into the air and falls for up to three seconds before a static line attached to the plane deploys a parachute and takes the guesswork out of pulling the ripcord.
Like many of the best things in life, winemaking began as a hobby for Bob and Flossie Heymann. The operation quickly grew to be much more than they could drink themselves, and when they shared the fruits of their labor with friends, they were repeatedly encouraged to turn the hobby into a business venture. Thus, Heymann Whinery was born. Initially, they focused on fruit wines, but have since expanded to include chardonnay, cabernet, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon. True to their roots, they also stock a variety of home winemaking equipment and accessories.