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

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 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 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

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.


Eva Seelye

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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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.

James Stolen

James Stolen is a writer, teacher, photographer and outdoor enthusiast living in Eastern Oregon. When he is not in the classroom he is often travelling the American West, cooking with friends, exploring new cities and finding new wild places to explore. You can follow him on Instagram at @thestolenword.

Molly LIndquist

Molly Lindquist lives in beautiful Spokane, Washington and enjoys spending her free time exploring the numerous neighborhoods, parks, shops, restaurants, breweries & coffee shops that Spokane has to offer. An avid hiker, photographer, coffee consumer, amateur foodie and urban explorer, she combines her interests in articles about Spokane. Her hope is that her readers will feel inspired to visit Spokane, and, perhaps, walk away with a bit more knowledge about this corner of the world.

When she’s not exploring every facet of the lilac city, Molly spends her time working towards a degree in Software Development. She enjoys and appreciates fine design, functionality and form, both in an application and in building architecture. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Eric, who often accompanies her in galivanting around Spokane.

To keep up to date with everything Spokane related, follow her Instagram account @explore_spokane_wa or visit her blog at www.explorespokanewashington.com for a more in-depth look at the businesses and community that make the lilac city vibrant.

Ines Tucakovic

Ines Tucakovic lives in Seattle, Washington. Born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she is a true Euro at heart. She is a mother to a very spirited and bright little girl, and spends her free time rock climbing, alpine climbing, mountaineering, baking and taking photos. Ideal Sundays include early hikes, homemade brunch, cozying up with a good book and exploring new places to eat. She never leaves home without her chapstick, leather journal, camera and ice axe. Follow her on Instagram @inestucakovic

Christina Schinider

Cristina Schnider is a retired optometrist who spent 20 years in North Florida with Johnson & Johnson Vision, after a career in academia and research.  She is thrilled to be back in her native Pacific Northwest, gardening up a storm!  She and her husband, Mal (her Aussie souvenir) enjoy exploring their new home state of Washington with their 2 well traveled rescue cats.  Cris was born in Idaho, raised in Oregon, and was able to enjoy city living in New York City, Sydney, Australia and Tokyo, Japan before returning to the place she truly calls home.

Aimee Arnold

Aimee is a girl from Cleveland who found her home in the PNW.  She has been longing for a place she can call home and has finally found it. Aimee loves exploring the PNW and finding all it’s little treasures and gems. As a photographer in training  there is nowhere she would rather learn than the PNW.

Jim Hunger

Tiffany Davidson

Tiffany Davidson is a web designer (and perpetually curious rambunctious introvert) who lives in the Washington wilderness. You can visit her blog – www.washingtonslastfrontier.com– where she writes about wilderness living, health & wellness, adventure travel, cozy homemaking, wild food foraging, DIY & craft projects, making a living online from home (or anywhere), natural living, and much more.

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