Katherina Audley

Contributing Writer, Via

Katherina Audley is National Geographic Explorer and a travel and adventure writer based in Portland, Oregon, and Barra de Potosí, Mexico. When she is not writing, she keeps busy running a community-driven whale research project in Mexico, making sculptures, hiking, cooking, gardening and hunting for truffles with her dog and husband in the forests of Oregon and Washington. http://www.whalesinmexico.com; http://www.kpetunia.com

picture fishing boats in a harbor ringed by snowy mountains

5 Secret Places in Cordova, Alaska

Cordova is so off the beaten path that it's accessible only by sea or air.
fall color on the vines and hills at Apolloni Vineyards, west of Portland, Oregon, picture

A Weekend in Forest Grove, Oregon

A classic small-town holiday festival, prime pinot noir, and supersize cinnamon buns.
Timberline Lodge near Mount Hood, Oregon, photo

A Weekend in Mount Hood, Oregon

Set near the iconic peak, these historic villages offer cozy stops, Western architecture, and more.
a clerk pets the store cat at curiosity-filled Flutter, image

What to Do on N. Mississippi Ave., Portland

A stroll through this artsy enclave offers a glimpse of the city's penchant for the unconventional.
petroglyph at Petroglyph Beach State Historic Site in southeast Alaska, picture

Where to See Ancient Petroglyphs in Alaska

Carved into stone long ago, mysterious images of nature still enchant.