Month: June 2015

Northeast Washington Hiking/Camping Road Trip

Let me be your concierge for a Northeast Washington hiking weekend this summer that includes hiking Thirteen Mile Trail, an overnight car-camping stay at Swan Lake and a visit to the frontier-like town of Republic, Wash. You will make lifelong memories. Swan Lake Campground From Republic, drive Route 21 south for approximately seven miles to …

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Paddle the Little Spokane River (shuttle included)

Floating the Little Spokane River is a close-to-home classic that may leave you a little disoriented mid-way through the trip, wondering what wild corner of the Earth you’ve been magically transported to, as ducks, herons and other water-loving birds bust loose from lush riparian greenery; deer and moose stare at you in wonder from shore; …

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River Tubing: Ultimate Summer Fun on the Spokane and Wenatchee Rivers

Rivers beckon when the dry heat of summer begins to drain your energy. Tubing a river is the quintessential relaxing activity – simply sit back and enjoy the scenery. Play it safe, though. A well-fitting, properly-adjusted Coast Guard-approved Type III-V personal flotation device (PFD) should be worn by everyone tubing on moving water, regardless of …

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Planless: A Journey Back to Loving What You Loved

When I first started doing crazy things like running marathons, I felt compelled to have plans. I would buy books on training, obsessively surf the “Runner’s World” website, compare tables and results, keep journals, log miles and test shoes. I talked about my plans, my methods, and the impossibility that I could ever do anything …

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Looking Back at the Spokane Mountaineers (1951 to 1967)

A special meeting of the club was called to liquidate the lodge and property. Property taxes this year were a staggering $3.80 per year. Mabel Gould was in on the exodus of members that left the club to form the Hobnailers hiking club because of disagreements over the lodge and Mount Spokane property issue. (Although …

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Biking Fish Lake Trail – Easy and Fun Family Adventure

From speedy cyclists to kids on trikes; from dog walkers and runners to inline-skaters and recreational bikers of every kind, including tandem and recumbent bikers and even a guy whose rear basket held two content Chihuahuas – it’s never a dull day on Fish Lake Trail. As awareness and popularity of the trail has increased, …

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