6. Falling dams
Back in September, the National Park Service began removing the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, monsters that had been plugging up some of the best whitewater and salmon habitat in Washington’s Olympic National Park for a century. Then, a month later, they blew a hole in Condit Dam on the White Salmon River to the southeast. These three removals—the biggest in American history—give us hope that the four dams on the Lower Snake River, currently blocking the Northwest’s once epic salmon runs, will fall before long.
7. Honey Stinger Waffles
An energy food that tastes good with coffee. Finally. $1.40.
8. Via Ready Brew
Speaking of, Starbucks’s instant coffee really is as good as everyone keeps telling you it is. $4 for a package of three.
9. No cell service
There are only a few spots left on the map. We cherish them.
10. A simple bike
Without shocks or disc brakes or any derailleurs. The kind you can fix yourself without really knowing what you’re doing. Example: Linus’s Roadster Sport. $639.