About Explore Washington State

Explore Washington State exists to answer one question: “What is it like to live in (insert community name here)?”

That’s only one question, but filling in the blank with diverse communities like Gig Harbor or Wenatchee or Ocean Shores can completely change the answer.

In pursuit of answering that question, Explore Washington State is designed as a platform that makes it fun and easy to learn more about specific areas of Washington State. That sometimes takes role of blog posts, videos, community involvement and feedback,  or photos of the region.

All of these are provided with the goal of giving you a sense of what makes each location special and unique, as well as providing insight into the common threads that run through all Washington State communities.

We realize that others may use this information for different purposes, like planning a weekend trip to the area. That’s great! The information that we provide is free and we hope that it benefits all who come to this site.

Explore Washington State is provided by T212 Media.

 

Happy Exploring!

Our Team

Scott Cowan

Scott Cowan

CEO and Founder

A lifelong resident of Washington who grew up in Tacoma, and spent his six freshman years attending CWU in Ellensburg, Scott’s professional life was spent in Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma.

Deciding that the traffic on the west side was too much, Scott moved with his family to Wenatchee where they are settling in and finding that there is life after the daily commute.

With a passion for good caffeine, hard ciders, and pizza along with the scenic beauty of Washington State you will find Scott out and about in Washington State looking for that next magical cup of coffee.

MacKenzie Passegger

MacKenzie Passegger

Social Media Maven

MacKenzie Passegger is the face behind our various social media accounts, and also routinely writes articles on our blogs (that you’re hopefully enjoying). She’s a Washington state native who found herself settling in Austria after bouncing around Europe.

When her toddler isn’t keeping her on her toes, she enjoys cooking, craft beer & traveling back home. Being away from Washington allows her to have a different perspective and has deepened her love for the Evergreen State.

Ken Camozzi

Ken Camozzi

Art Director

Ken is a Creative/Art Director who has worn many hats. Working for a creative design studio, a Silicon Valley advertising/PR agency, and in Marcom for a semiconductor company. He is also lead designer at T212 Media. He loves history and maintains a baseball history research website. Focusing on the career of his Grandfather who played in the Pacific Coast International League for Aberdeen, Washington in 1918.

Let’s just say that design and graphic arts are his hobby. Ken and his wife own a 1927 printing press and other letterpress equipment. Love travelling and finding that next great antique shop.

 

Abi Askren

Abi Askren

Website Editor

Recent Graduate from Wenatchee Valley Tech Center in Cinematography/Video Production. Her current responsibilities include video creation and editing, maintenance of the website, SEO, and other random tasks as needed.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, rock climbing, spending time with her dogs, and taking pictures of just about everything. She’s excited to be going to Israel in early 2020 and learning about the Kibbutz experience. Camera in hand she’s ready to take on the world as a young aspiring photographer and videographer.

 

Contributors

Eva Seelye

Eva Seelye

Contributor

Eva grew up in the Marshall Islands and is proud to call Washington her second home. She’s an adventure writer and photographer whose work is published in multiple Pacific Northwest titles including Northwest Yachting magazine, Seattle magazine, and Bainbridge Island magazine. She’s also contributed to travel companies such as Huck Adventures and Ponte Travels as well as other adventurous outlets through her freelance work.

Todd Phillips

Todd Phillips

Contributor

Todd is a professional writer with multiple titles published on topics in the computer industry, and a few titles in fiction.

 He lives in McCleary, WA with his wife, son, and an aging Papillon named Mandark.

Hannah Pickering

Hannah Pickering

Contributor

I am a journalism student, amateur photographer, feminist, and forever curious world wanderer. My passion for storytelling is communicated through the written word and the power of imagery to connect people globally.

Nothing gets me as excited as coffee drinking, cafe hopping, and reading.

I strongly believe that the world is our neighborhood, and that adventures are waiting to be happening right outside my door in the PNW.

Joe Duffy

Joe Duffy

Contributor

Joe discovered an affinity for the mountains at an early age when his grandparents would take him to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. They’d give him a disposable camera to document the trip and the rest is history. Joe has been drawn to the mountains ever since. 

Joe lives in Seattle with his girlfriend Colleen and their two cats, Kodiak and Denali. Working in the city during the week, Joe and Colleen are really good at weekends and always try to make the most of them. 

Susan Stephens

Susan Stephens

Contributor

Susan Stephens is a travel writer based in Portland, OR, and a transplant from the Midwest. Her travel blog, Explorer Sue, is dedicated to helping people discover the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

Tony Holladay

Tony Holladay

Contributor

Tony Holladay is a native of California and moved to the Pacific Northwest over 10 years ago.   An avid outdoorsman, he spends time fly fishing, hunting, camping and doing photography.  Tony enjoys IPA as well as a good single-malt Scotch.

He currently resides in Bellingham where all his favorite outdoor activities are readily available.  He has been married for 26 years to Michelle and has 2 kids, Nathan, 21 and Rachel, 17.  He also has a BS in Organizational Leadership from University of Charleston, West Virginia.

Michele Harrod

Michele Harrod

Contributor

Michele was born and raised in Leavenworth, WA, now residing minutes out of town.

Her first year of college was spent playing soccer on scholarship at Peninsula Community College, the women’s teams’ inaugural year. A graduate from Western WA University, in Bellingham, WA, Michele has a BA in Business and Humanities, minor in Economics and English, as well as a Certificate of Proficiency in A/R, A/P and Inventory from Whatcom CC.

Her time is spent in the outdoors, or pouring wine at work. Michele has made it her life goal to hike all the trails in Washington, and spends every summer weekend backpacking. What Michele enjoys most about the winery she works for is the experience she gets to create for the guest she serves.

Ella Lucente

Ella Lucente

Contributor

A junior at University of Washington studying Arts, Media, and Culture. Classic Literature and historical art enthusiast. Classic and horror film fanatic.

Catch me on my spare time napping, writing about things I am passionate about, annoying my boyfriend, and binge watching Netflix.