In this photograph taken Saturday, July 6, 2013, a couple walks down Shi Shi Beach in Washington state's Olympic National Park. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
Four years ago, Washington lawmakers set out to make the state parks system self-sufficient - surviving on visitor fees alone. A new report says it's not going to happen.
In this photo taken Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 and released by the National Geographic Society on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, journalist Paul Salopek walks across the Afar desert of Ethiopia as part of his planned seven-year global trek from Africa to Tierra del Fuego. (AP Photo/National Geographic Society, John Stanmeyer)
In Paul Salopek's first year of his trek across the globe, the reporter walked alongside his camels for days in Ethiopia without seeing glass or bricks or any other signs of modern humanity, ate a hamburger on a U.S. military base and was shadowed by minders in the Saudi desert. He has only 20,000 miles (32,000 kilometers) to go.
Charlie Downs, the artisanal craft distiller at a new Heaven Hill Distilleries tourism attraction in downtown Louisville, Ky., Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013, checks gauges on a still that will produce small batches of whiskey. The $10.5 million center, called the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, is part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)
The maker of Evan Williams bourbon has uncorked a new attraction, opening a craft distillery just steps from where the whiskey pioneer who inspired the brand fired up his own commercial stills two centuries ago.
his undated image provided by The Little Nell hotel in Aspen, Colo., shows the Three Little Piggies breakfast sandwich, served at the hotel's Element 47 restaurant. The dish consists of a quarter-pound of slow-roasted shaved porchetta, smoked and pan-seared pork belly and house-made sausage gravy, resting on top of an egg-battered French toast waffle, topped off with a fried farm egg. It's one of a number of over-the-top yummy comfort foods being served at ski resorts this season. (AP Photo/Chris Council/C2 Photography)
Forget that fresh arugula and grilled chicken salad. This season, ski resorts are letting us indulge with a new slate of warm, hearty comfort foods.
A pedestrian walks down Cromwell Avenue past several wild turkeys that are pesky inhabitants of a neighborhood in Staten Island.
A population of roving turkeys on Staten Island has become a mess-making, traffic-stopping scourge to some residents, an impromptu natural attraction to others and a fraught project for government officials.
The metal merry-go-round can be found at countless parks across the country, but some astute parents in Portland have noticed the classic models of yesteryear are disappearing from area parks.
Senior Keeper Julie Christie holds a one week old river otter during a checkup in the den room at the Great Northwest. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.
Tilly, a North American river otter at the Oregon Zoo, gave birth to another pup Nov. 8, her second this year. The new arrival weighed just shy of 5 ounces at birth and has nearly tripled that thanks to mom’s naturally high-fat milk.
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, Bill Booth of Bradenton, Fla. wears a dead Burmese python he caught, Jan. 19, 2013 in the Florida Everglades as part of the month long "Python Challenge." Booth's snake measured an unofficial 11.59 feet. Florida won't be repeating a public hunt meant to reduce the population of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The state-sponsored Python Challenge attracted roughly 1,600 hunters in January and February and made headlines worldwide. It netted 68 of the snakes, the longest measuring more than 14 feet. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
Florida won't be repeating a public hunt meant to reduce the population of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades.
A young elk needed a little help after getting stuck in a soccer net at a Maple Valley elementary school last week.
This November 2012 photo provided by Turner PR and Klaus Obermeyer shows Obermeyer on his way up a mountain in Aspen, Colo., that he later skied down. Obermeyer is 93, and the National Ski Areas Association says the number of seniors on the slopes has been creeping up each year while other age groups hold steady or decline. (AP Photo/Klaus Obermeyer)
If you've walked into a ski lodge the past few years, likely as not you've seen tables filled with gray-haired skiers wearing sweaters so old they're back in style.
This photo shows the Pittock Mansion that is currently under construction but is still open for tours in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Alisha Roemeling)
When I think of downtown Portland, hiking isn't necessarily the first thing that comes to mind.
A weekend storm got the snow season off to a good start in the Cascade Range, dropping as much as a foot of fresh snow in some higher elevation areas.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is working to keep the major mountain passes clear, but officials predict another storm to roll in shortly.
FILE - In this July 3, 2013 file photo, Playboy Marfa, a new art installation depicting the iconic Playbory bunny logo and a classic 1970's muscle car on a tilted platform, is shown along U.S. 90 about a mile West of Marfa, Texas. The neon bunny that’s part of the “Playboy Marfa” sculpture by New York contemporary artist Richard Phillips will be dismantled and moved from the roadside on U.S. 90 to the Dallas Contemporary museum near the city’s downtown. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Ramon Renteria, File)
A 40-foot high Playboy bunny logo that had upset some residents of the West Texas town of Marfa will be removed from a roadside display and hauled to a Dallas museum, where it will be featured in an exhibition.
In this computer-generated image made available by Royal Philips NV, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, a LED sign with glowing lights reading “Do Not Disturb” drives the message home in a fictional hotel corridor. (AP Photo/Philips)
Ever wish your hotel room could be marked "Do Not Disturb" in glowing lights, to drive the message home? That option is on its way.