The son of a Navy officer, Mike Ainsworth spent much of his childhood island-hopping across the South Pacific. Regardless of the shore on which he landed, the budding fisherman celebrated the opportunity to test its surrounding waters for fish. Now, Ainsworth shares his passion and expertise for fishing on his guided trips. He tailors expeditions for beginners—teaching tricky maneuvers such as fly-casting and testing fish’s ability to grant wishes—and whisking groups to the best fishing spots in Washington State in his stable Hyde Professional Series drift boats.
Over the years, Ainsworth has helped tykes reel in fish that matched their height and watched amazed as a 78-year-old guest singlehandedly reeled in a 4-foot-long king salmon. Despite his own quest to mark off elusive prey from his personal fishing list, Ainsworth maintains that his favorite part of his fishing expeditions is the look on guests' faces when they reel in their very first catches, a moment he often captures on film.
Something strange happens as soon someone steps through the gates outside of Camlann Medieval Village. The past seven centuries of human existence instantly disappear, and that same person—who once existed in a world of smart phones and talking fire hydrants—now finds his or herself as an English citizen living in the year 1376. A narrow street leads into a rural village, where merchants operate a cider press and make their artisanal goods in full view. And on special occasions, you might even witness the town engaging in longbow archery, dancing, and knightly combat at the tourney field.
Perhaps the biggest attraction inside Camlann Medieval Village is The Bors Hede Inne Restaurant, which keeps its wrought-iron doors open year-round. An innkeeper greets guests and welcomes them into the dining room, which is usually warmed by a roaring fireplace. There, glasses of mead accompany venison, roast duck, and other rotating monthly entrees made using authentic recipes right out of the 14th century.
Running through a dark tunnel. Crawling under barbed wire. Jumping over leaping flames. What sounds like a stroll through Evel Knievel's kitchen is actually Hell Run Seattle, a real-life battle of brawn and determination. Throughout the 3.15-mile course, athletes encounter 12 obstacles, including mud pits, burning barrel rings, and a 20-foot plank wall. At the end of the grueling race, participants throw back a beer, then unwind by boogieing to live music at the after-party.