As the pandemic drags on into the new year, a lot of folks are looking for creative activities to pass the time at home. While card games and board games are great, sometimes you want something more mellow—that’s where jigsaw puzzles come in. Chances are, you’ve done a jigsaw puzzle of some kind at some point in your life. But if you haven’t put together a puzzle as an adult, you might not realize how well it pairs with cannabis! And as an added bonus, you can frame the finished puzzle and use it to decorate your home or gift it to someone else!
I recently made an impulse buy when I found a 500-piece puzzle of “The Big Lebowski” for just $10. It had been a decade or two since the last time I had put a puzzle together. My partner and I set up a small table in a spot safe from our cats, knowing this project might take several sessions to complete.
Step 1: Sorting the pieces. The first task when starting a puzzle is sorting the pieces–the perfect task for while you’re stoned! We found it was easiest to pull all the edge pieces and start building the puzzle with those, and to sort the middle pieces by color and/or texture. We enjoyed Vortex by Bondi during the sorting process.
Step 2: Assembling the puzzle. If you’re planning to frame the finished puzzle, make sure to assemble it on a smooth surface, like a piece of cardboard or poster board. It will be much easier to do the gluing and framing if the puzzle is on a separate surface, rather than directly on a tabletop! It took us 3 nights to finish the puzzle. Even when there was a long period of time without any puzzle pieces being placed, we didn’t mind–after all, we were spending time together, doing something new, and smoking lots of cannabis! Some of the strains we consumed during this process were: Peach Rings by Puget Power, Do-Si-Do by Bondi, and and Rose by Loud.
Step 3: Gluing. After we finished the puzzle, we used a paintbrush to apply a thin coat of adhesive. There’s a few different options that you can use–we just happened to have some Mod Podge around the house, so we used that. Depending on what kind of adhesive you use, you may want to do two or more coats, letting each coat dry completely before applying the next.
Step 4: Framing. From here, you just need to transfer the (completely dried) puzzle onto whatever matting you’re going to use for framing. If you’re skipping the frame, you can just glue the puzzle to a piece of thick cardboard or something similar.
Going to the beach in the fall is just as good as the summer if you ask me. The key to a successful fall beach trip is picking the right time to go for optimal fun and adventure.
My friends, the time is now! According to a little birdie on my radio this morning The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife opened up season for razor clam digging today and the clams are plentiful. So far, the season opened today October 26th and it lasts for seven days.
All the official information that you may need regarding razor clam digging can be found at Washington’s Department of Fish and Wild Life website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfishing-regulations/razor-clams#current. I Highly suggest checking out their website for licensing and harvesting information, current and future dig dates, and which beaches are open for digging.
For the official stoner guide to razor clamming step no further, I got you covered.
First and foremost we gotta get our stash right before heading out. When doing outdoor activities like fishing and crabbing I gotta have me some joints stashed to help pass the time while facing the elements. For the particular activity of razor clamming you are usually busy hunting for the clams to show you where they are in the sand, then when you finally see one you gotta dig that sucker up asap. This equates to less time to shoot the shit and smoke joints.
You guys, its all good! We have some of the best edibles on the market at Tacoma House of Cannabis, perfect to keep the buzz going on your busier activities, and they’re extremely affordable at that. Edibles starting out at $15 for 100mg of THC. Pop a few of those bad boys and you’ll be good til at least one limits worth of clams are harvested.
So we got our favorite edibles maybe a vaporizer for discreetness, and of course some joints stashed. All the rest of the things you need for razor clam digging can be found at the hardware stores near the beach; things like shellfish license, a digging utensil, and mesh bag for the bounty are a must.
It’s gonna be wet and cold out there in all reality. All that digging is gonna work up an appetite for some doobie breaks. So just remember to be respectful to others, and take a step back from the crowd before puffing on the magic dragon.
Ski or snowboard, it doesn’t matter — the season is right
around the corner, and Cliff Mass thinks we are going to have a wet and wild
winter! Avid borders are getting their Subarus, VWs, and Audis up for multiple
trips up the mountain. If you don’t have your own gear, and helicopter, getting
to some of the more desirable, dangerous, and exhilarating spots is difficult;
go to the touristy, more expensive spots is an arduous journey in crowds, high
costs, and long lines at the lifts can really put a damper on the spirit. If
only someone put out a guide of a couple awesome spots with no lines and
awesome runs, where to stay on the cheap, where to eat, and of course – where
to grab some pot.
The Seattle metro area has a habit of going to three places to ski – Crystal Mountain, Snoqualmie Summit, and Mount Baker Ski Area where the prices are steep, and the lift lines can be daunting on those perfect days on the weekend. So, one might wonder how to get a fulfilling and reasonably priced ski adventure in without heading to California, Montana, Colorado, or Wyoming. House of Cannabis has you covered in so many ways. For those of you in our loyal, loving Tacoma crowd, you may never have been to our ‘East of the mountains’ stores. Both are wonderful, fabulous cannabis stores in small towns buoyed by the recreational atmosphere of Okanogan County. There are also at opposite sides of the county, so the landscape and to do list can be varied and wide. For the price of a day at Crystal, Summit, or Baker, you can stay and ski the weekend in Okanogan County. I shall elaborate.
The second store we opened has become House of Cannabis – Twisp, in the Methow Valley. It is the closest store to Lake Chelan, and it is right on the Loup Loup Hwy 20 / Hwy 2 Scenic byway. Twisp offers several affordable, clean places to stay, including the Sportsman Motel ($, Rustic, Clean), Idle-a-While Motel ($, Cute, Quaint, Private), Twisp Terrace Lodge ($$, Modern, away from town), Twisp River Suites ($$$, Modern, walk the town), and even the uber ritzy Sun Mountain Lodge ($$$$, in Winthrop 8 miles North, mountain bike / horseback / cross country ski paradise). There are many other options as well that a simple google search will reveal – Abby Creek Inn, Mt Gardner Inn, and these AirBNBs. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SKIING??
Loup Loup. Yeah, it’s a funny name, but it’s what it has. About 10 miles east from Twisp on Highway 20 is the summit of Loup Loup pass. A couple hundred yards after the summit is the turn to the left of the Loup Loup Ski Bowl, which is well marked. The road is well maintained, oft plowed, but you should have an AWD vehicle and/or chains or the appropriate fitting for your vehicle just in case conditions change while on the mountain. Two different lifts and a tow rope introduce you to varying levels of slopes available for your shredding desires. 1,240 vertical feet of skiing starting at the summit at 5,260 feet awaits you, with little to no lift line, and the highest single day pass starting at $55 each. Ski rentals are available in the towns of Winthrop, Twisp, and at the base of the Loup Loup ski bowl, so if you don’t have your own equipment, that’s ok!
The ski bowl has several long, enjoyable beginner and intermediate slopes, and many short and medium run expert slopes, with a skill level and ability to work on form with a variety of hill challenges. Loup Loup also has a tubing hill, and 23km of groomed cross country skiing available. Of course, House of Cannabis is there for you, just down in the town of Twisp, for all your cannabis needs during your stay. Check out the pics below for a current view of the mountain from their webcam, the ski map, and a pic of our fabulous store in Twisp. Continue past the pictures to read up on the Sitzmark ski area near House of Cannabis, in Tonasket.
Just 35 miles past Twisp, to the east, is our 3rd store, House of Cannabis – Tonasket. Aside from being an absolute gem inside its’ central location in the town, the interior is amazingly crafted through the vision of our partnership. Like Twisp, there are several great places to stay like the Red Apple Inn ($), Omak Inn ($$), The Junction ($), and many AirBNB and small resort style stays.
As for the hill, Sitzmark is ideal for families, or those
just learning to ski. Base elevation is just over 4300 feet, and the summit is
4950 feet. Sitzmark has two lifts (one of them is decidedly the main, and most
trafficked lift) serving the mountain. One of the things I really like about
Sitzmark is positioning of the runs, relative to the main lift. The three
expert runs are immediately under and to the sides of the main left, while beginners
and intermediates after unloading from the chair will ski to the left quite a
bit before beginning their runs. Expert skiers can expect to make frequent runs
during a day, maximizing on slope time because of quick access at the top to
the black diamond slopes, and at the bottom to the queue for the lift. Beginners
and Intermediates will enjoy the long runs back to the base down a variety of
green or blue rated slopes. Lift rates are a bit more value driven at Sitzmark,
compared to Loup Loup, with the basic adult pass clocking in at $45 for a full
After your day on the hill is done, there are lots of dining
options in the Twisp/Winthrop area until about 8-9pm on weekdays, and as late
as 11pm on weekends. In Tonasket, there are several options but the town closes
down a bit earlier, but for the night owls, Omak is 20 miles to the south, and
features great dining into the night, and also has 12 Tribes Casino on the
south side of town.
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Every once in a while I like to practice my stoner habits in your classic stereotypical ways, and hey that’s just fine man. With that in mind, one of the go-to low-key activities is kickin’ back, getting nice and stoney, and taking in some cinematic culture. Whether it be a date night with the significant other, the K-9 companion, or even solo-dolo, cannabis and movie consumption for me, goes hand in hand.
The girlfriend and I have our routine down pat on how to approach
movie night, varying a little of course whether were staying in or hitting the
theater. Lately our recipe for the perfect stoney movie night has been the sum
of 1-part infused drink and 1-part doobie or blunt.
If our movie night is destined for the theater, we would most
definitely be practicing safe and legal consumption and would never advise
against. Our version of safe consumption just might include passing the infused
drink back and forth while blazing our pre movie doobie in the parking lot, but
hey each to their own.
The infused marijuana drink must be one of my favorite additions to the marijuana industry since legalization. In my opinion, the infused liquids hit your system much faster than infused edibles or activated concentrates. Whenever I split a 75-100 mg infused drink the high sneaks up on me within 45 minutes of consuming the thing. The infused drink high will last anywhere from one to another two hours after it starts kicking in, making it the perfect addition to any movie night. My favorite infused drinks that we have in stock now and for the foreseeable future are Wild Side by Green Revolution and Ray’s Lemonade by Dogtown Pioneers.
The infused drink takes 45 minutes to kick in?!? Have no worries, that’s what the doobie’s for. Lately my favorite infused pre-roll has actually been that of the blunt persuasion. Sensi Organix’s Blunt Royale line makes wood tipped, hemp wrapped blunts that come in one and two gram varieties.
Hardest decisions I’ve made in a while was narrowing down my
favorite stoner movies to create a little list for ya’ll. One through four were
easy, these will probably always be my top four stoner flics, unless somebody super
epic from the stoner community makes a cinematic masterpiece, until then, they
are set in stone.
Holy smokes though man the number five slot was hard to
narrow down. Some titles that just quite didn’t make the cut, but I feel I must
list anyway: Harold and Kumar, Cheech and Chong, Jay and Silent Bob, Grandma’s
Boy, the almost contender list could go on and on.
But alas, my top five stoner movie list. If you hadn’t seen any
of them, go ahead and crawl out from the rock you’ve been under for the last 20
years and thank me later, I just made you plans for the night.
I feel like growing up in the Northwest it’s a necessity to have a few go-to activities or places to be when the weather turns up. Shit, especially us west-side Washingtonians. We get so sun deprived that when it finally does get nice out everybody and their sister are out and about and sometimes our go to spots are way too crowded, or you know, not so great of place to go and blaze it up at.
Have no fear though my friends I’m here to give you a couple of my go-to secret stoner friendly spots and activities, but remember keep it clean, pack-in pack-out, treat it like your momma’s house, and we’ll have no qualms.
Disc golf is the perfect outdoor activity for my attention
span and athleticism. There are a few awesome spots within the Tacoma area that
are nice and stoner friendly. Steilacoom disc golf course is coming in at the
top of the list it has three marked courses; two full 18-hole courses, one
9-hole par 3 course, plenty of places to burn one. Always be cautious and
courteous of other course goers though because occasionally you will run into a
family with youngsters, and c’mon no one wants to be that guy.
A summer past time for many of my friends and I, has always
been skimboarding. Damn near every peninsula, island, or coastline within the
Puget Sound has a sandy beach or two. If you look hard enough, and at the right
tide, it might just be the perfect little skim spot.
Now I’m sorry, but I cannot divulge any of my secret Puget
Sound skim spots because frankly I can’t trust ya’ll with that information.
I’ll tell you what though, I’ll bargain with you. Chambers Creek, specifically
Lower Chambers Creek Canyon Trail. There is little trail head/pull off on
Chambers Creek Rd. after the hill before the Chambers Creek Wastewater Plant.
Park your car and follow the trail all the way back. You may have to wade out
into the creek, over a log or two and then get ready to be blessed.
The creek opens into the dankest skimboarding oasis. Water
at the perfect depth for the area coverage of probably more than two full basketball
courts. This place is heaven on skim-able water man. There may even be a rail
or feature or two left out from previous skim competitions or skim boarders if you’re
lucky. There are usually some super cool dudes and dude-ettes in the skim area,
follow protocol, hop in line, wait your turn, and keep the frisbee’s out of the
god damn skim area!
Kobayahi Park has some great trail hiking for those on the
other end of the Chambers Creek trail. Upper Chambers Creek Canyon Trailhead is
a good place to look up for some quick nature without venturing too far from
the Tacoma area. If you know how to look up places on Google, you should be able
to locate this quaint little trail blazing spot no problemo.
Whether were skim boarding, disc golfing, hiking or whatever
our outdoor recreational activity of choice, remember our #1 goal is to have
fun. Safe and responsible fun can go hand in hand with marijuana use, and I
know I don’t have to convince you guys this, sometimes we do have to convince
the naysayers of this, just remember that and keep it cool and responsible
while were out and about in our state’s beautiful public areas. I’ll leave you guys
with a classic quote and a little subliminal message to remember to stop by Tacoma
House of Cannabis on your next adventure, Mathew McConaughey’s character from
Dazed and Confused…