No one understands off-the-beaten-path destinations better than Auburn resident Al Eufrasio. Eufrasio, along with his travel buddy and business partner Jeff Davis, is best known as the co-author of the Weird books: Weird Washington, Weird Oregon, and more. We sat down with this intrepid traveler to talk about his favorite sights, haunts, and road-trip tunes.

Favorite Places

To be inspired:
Saltwater State Park, Des Moines

For dinner
Black Bear Diner, Federal Way

For a coffee or tea
Kelly Lattes in Black Diamond

To relax
Tumwater Falls

To travel
Along the Columbia River

To work out
Auburn YMCA (when applicable

Inspiration Board

Favorite quote
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” — Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Currently reading
A great variety of material at any given time.

Movie
Blazing Saddles

TV
All in the Family

Musician
Bruce Springsteen

Podcast
Last Podcast on the Left

Q&A

Where is the first place you remember traveling to?
Western Portugal at a very young age. Although I was born in New Jersey, my parents were Portuguese, and we often took family vacations there. I look forward to visiting again sometime, and seeing majestic clifftop views of the Atlantic Ocean.

What is the scariest place you’ve ever visited?
The Villisca Ax Murder House in Iowa. It was the site of a horrific crime, and something about the property just doesn’t feel right.

What do you do when you aren’t traveling or writing?
I work in the video game industry.

What are you working on right now?
Developing a podcast, researching an unofficial follow-up to Weird Washington; and creating graphics for an upcoming game, Hero U: Rogue to Redemption.

When did you first know that you wanted to write?
Around my middle-school years, when my affinity for storytelling developed.

This is our January issue — any New Year’s resolutions?
To procrastinate less.

Do you think you’ll keep them?
Maybe later.