Before Sandy Horvath retired from his career as a sales manager, he spent his spare time chronicling the lives of his loved ones and documenting his own travels throughout the world. Over time, his love for his craft blossomed into a thirst to become an admired photographer, so Sandy started submitting his action-packed sports photos to newspapers and magazines. With the publication of his work came professional status and a desire to share his knowledge with others. His first opportunity arose in 2009 when the Si View Metropolitan Park District asked him to teach a class. Soon after, the Issaquah Parks District clamored for Sandy's expertise; he now has over 1600 Club SnapShot students and more joining every day.
Today, Sandy teaches students of all ages and skill levels how to transform snapshots into high-quality pictures with lenses, settings, and exposures during his basic, advanced, and creative classes. He loves helping novice shutterbugs abandon automatic settings—the training wheels of photography—and create memorable images with nothing but manual settings and high-tech freeze rays. Sandy also transforms his own work into high-dynamic-range photo art and gallery-wrapped canvases. Students may do the same to decorate their homes, give as gifts, or hang inside windows to hide nature's flaws.
Stationed in Snoqualmie—just 2 miles from the golf course where it all started—Sigillo Cellars pumps out an assortment of bordeaux and rhone varietal wines. The facility utilizes local Washington vineyards to provide the grapes for its production, located in American Viticulture Areas including Red Mountain, Rattlesnake Hills, and Horse Heaven Hills. Visitors to Sigillo Cellars can taste the fruits of their labor during public wine tastings every weekend, or join the wine club for regular deliveries from the wine stork.
Run Snoqualmie's staff celebrates Snoqualmie Valley's scenery and local businesses by organizing runs throughout the region each year. These events range from family-minded runs such as the St. Paddy's Day and Turkey Trot 5Ks to more intense jaunts including a 5-mile venture through wooded trails. The icing on the cake, however, is the Fall City half marathon, which challenges runners to race 13.1 miles without stopping for ice cream.
Groupon buyers can upgrade to a more expensive tour for an additional fee and will also receive 10% off their next adventure. Take a shuttle for $30 round-trip from the North Bend Outlet Mall, or for free from the SnoPark. Action Adventures recommends customers arrange a pick-up from the SnoPark 24 hours in advance, and that they arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time.
John Thomas has spent more than two decades fishing the Snohomish River system, and under the name Rotten Chum Guide Service, he lets others in on his expertise and tricks. Using a 20-foot Alumaweld fishing boat, Thomas gives guided fishing trips on the Snohomish River and Lake Stevens that range from 4 to 10 hours, which is just the right amount of time to compose an epic sea ballad. Each leisurely outing is designed to put guests in touch with nature as they ply the waters for kokanee—landlocked sockeye salmon—as well as steelhead and chinook, depending on the season. Rods and reels by Lamiglas or Okuma, Gamakatsu hooks, and Power Pro lines provide professional-grade assistance for hauling in the catches.
Tailgating parties usually happen on game day. The 5K TAILGATE gleefully bucks this tradition, however, channeling the energy and revelry normally reserved for football outings to host a 5K color run and, of course, a rousing tailgate party. Once suited up in white t-shirts or their local team's football jerseys, participants jog their way through the verdant Mountain Meadows Farm as volunteers lob colored powder at them along the way.
At the end of the run, prismatic participants can chow down on BBQ goodies and rehydrate with cold beers. All the while, live DJs and musicians regale eardrums with pulse-pounding tunes, and photo booths help preserve memories and spot-on Marty Feldman impersonations.