Author: Afton Nelson

Afton Nelson is a wife and mother of three boys, and a writer who loves exploring the Pacific Northwest with her family. Get to know her better at

Growing up in Ridgefield, Chelsea Adams enjoyed participating in year-round sports and was excited to give her four children the same opportunity. She quickly learned that a lot has changed when it comes to team sports. Now, being part of

In April, Woodland, Washington transforms into “Flowerland” thanks to two events that bring in visitors from around the world: Woodland Tulip Festival at Holland America Flower Gardens and Lilac Days at the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens. What better way to

When I made reservations at Sweet Peas Tea Room in Battle Ground, I knew I needed some different adventure buddies to come along with me. My boys—and many of their friends—have been great sports, accompanying me on all of my

Abbie said her first word one Christmas when her older sister opened a present: “Mine!” Jason was so excited about the pile of birthday presents from his friends, he tore into them not bothering to look at any cards, or thank

Before it housed artifacts and history, Clark County Historical Museum was a Carnegie Library; one of 2,509 built with money donated by Scottish businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie between 1883 and 1929. Built in 1909 on land donated by the Hidden family,

Who needs a time machine when Fort Vancouver can transport you back to February 1846 with nothing more than a candle lantern and some fantastic volunteers in costume? The rain stopped one cool, February evening just long enough for me, my

Four years ago, Scottish teenager Kal Turnbull was wondering if it was possible for people with opposing viewpoints to have a civil discussion. So, he created a space to do just that on the social media site Reddit. Today, the

I’ll admit it: I’m a weather snob. When Mother Nature veers anywhere out of the 73-78 degree temperature sweet spot, I may be heard to complain. After all, our mild, temperate summers are one of the things I love best about

Nestled in the forested hills of Brush Prairie lies one of Clark County’s true gems: Alderbrook Park. Over the last two years, I’ve received several requests to visit Alderbrook Park for this column. Now that I have, I have to

  Normally, Cottonwood Beach is a haven for kayakers, boaters, picnickers and families looking for a little beach action on the Columbia. I got ready for my first visit by Googling pictures and getting excited about all of the fun things