Month: August 2017

Photo of families camping together by Amy S. McCaffree.

Lessons Learned Camping with Friends and Their Kids

  What happens when four families—including eight adults and 10 children ages 1-11—go camping together over Memorial Day weekend? Fun, adventure, and lessons learned. Here are fundamental ideas that helped our trip succeed.   Plan a trip with like-minded families. My three girlfriends and I are all like-minded women—outdoorsy, non-makeup wearing women in the 38-42 …

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Leavenworth Half Marathon (September 30)

Every weekend in October, thousands of people dig out their dirndls and lederhosen and funny hats and head to Leavenworth, Wash. for Oktoberfest. On the first weekend of the festival, the Leavenworth Marathon and Half Marathon take place, putting a minor damper on Friday night’s revelry but guaranteeing an I-earned-this good time after the race …

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Guided Tours of Metaline Falls Sites Featured in Two Popular Movies Scheduled Labor Day Weekend 2017

Thanks to Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Seattle City Light’s Boundary Dam, Metaline Falls Movies Guided Tours will be held this Labor Day Weekend (September 2 and 3, 2017). The tours include a walking tour of the picturesque town of Metaline Falls, Wash., which is located near the Canadian border in Pend Oreille County, with …

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Photo of inky caps by Leah Bendlin.

Inky Caps

Instead of releasing spores into the wind to be carried off in endless raining of zygotes upon the planet surface, inky caps produce an enzyme that eats their bodies. The resulting black slime gets washed away in the next rain. They digest themselves to reproduce. Or, if humans intercept during the short window between eruption …

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Photo of llama by Katie LeBlanc.

Llama Packing: Backcountry Hiking is Better with a Four-Legged Friend

Four-legged friends are the best hiking buddies—particularly when they carry the wine, hum sweet-nothings in your ear, and provide protection while trekking in the Wild West. Llamas tell an ancient story through their legacy careers as backcountry packers, granting humans assistance with economic livelihood and recreational pursuits. They are also intriguing with their comical appearance, …

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Photo by Summer Hess.

Climbing Agnes

I kick steps into the early summer snow, aiming for the saddle before sunrise. Our fluorescent yellow tent grows smaller on the col, and steep ridges hem in the skyline. In a few hours the sun will fry the bites and scratches from yesterday’s 12-hour standoff with mosquitos and devil’s club. I try to maintain …

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