Month: May 2015

Paddling with Your Kids — What to Know Before You Go

“Paddling is a wholesome sport and a good way to meet people,” says Stan Mrzygod, president of the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club, which he’s been a member of since 1979. He and his wife taught their three children how to paddle. “They just learned by doing it with me,” he says. By the teenage …

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9 Ways to Explore the Spokane River Water Trail

The Spokane River is a trail, 111 miles long, offering something for everybody, in every season: soaking up nature along the Centennial Trail, the excitement of hooking a native trout, rafting the Bowl and Pitcher, swimming or soaking up some sun on the riverbank. While finding the river is pretty straight forward, accessing the river …

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Eating Well in the Woods: Healthy Camp Food Tips

One time, and one time only, I ate one of those Mountain House dehydrated meals. I had been misled into believing that real outdoors people must not only have nerves of steel, but guts of steel, and thus such food was a mandatory accessory to proving expedition toughness. As camping and mountaineering season approaches, it …

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Photo of Fish Lake by Holly Weiler.

Hike of the Month: Fishtrap Lake, Bureau of Land Management (Cheney, Wash.)

Last July’s Watermelon Hill fire, sparked by target shooters using exploding targets, charred over 13,000 acres on the Fishtrap Recreation Area and surrounding land. As destructive and terrifying as it was last summer, the wildfire also provides hikers an opportunity to watch the area’s recovery this spring. Most of the largest ponderosa pines survived, aspens …

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Local Pro Disc Golfer Shawna Buzzingham Lands Discraft Sponsorship

Spokane’s Shawna Buzzingham, already a world class disc golf player, continues to rise through the ranks – she is earning her way, she is gritty and ambitious and is just as determined to share the fun as she is to win. “I started disc golfing eight years ago,” says Buzzingham, “and have been competitive since …

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New Zipline Tour on Mica Peak above Liberty Lake Opens Memorial Weekend

The Mica Peak area above Liberty Lake, a former moonshine hotspot turned hiking and mountain biking mecca, will be getting a new recreational attraction come late May when Mica Moon Zip Tours begins offering zipline canopy tours on around 300 acres of private forest land with big mountain views. The zipline tours, which kick off …

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Colville, Wash. and the Colville National Forest Have Hosted the Beginner-Friendly Tiger Tri for 25 Years

No doubt the thing that keeps people coming back to swim, bike, and run their way through northeast Washington for the Tiger Tri over the past 25 years is the sometimes painfully beautiful forests, lakes and wide open spaces that dominate the course. Event organizer and Colville, Washington Parks and Recreation Coordinator Jake Wilson hammers …

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