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THE CASCADES are a range of moun­tains that cut a wild and wide slash through the state of Wash­ington from top to bottom. That part of the state be­tween the Pa­cific Ocean and those moun­tains is Western Wash­ington; that part be­tween the moun­tains and the rest of the United States is Eastern Wash­ington.

It is Western Wash­ington that everyone thinks of when they think “Wash­ington”: clouds and rain, Seattle and lattes, bum­ber­shoots and grunge, and more rain. READ MORE

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IF YOU KNOW NOTHING about as­tronomy and galactic for­ma­tion and neb­ulae, you still prob­ably know about the Horse­head Nebula. The gor­geous image of that mass of dirt and de­bris above was taken by Ken Craw­ford in 2011. He took this photo from his back­yard ob­ser­va­tory in Rancho Del Sol Camino, the image taking twenty hours of ex­po­sure and seven dif­ferent fil­ters! READ MORE