Bea Lackaff

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Month of Service

The Forest Service lady’s eyes shone like moss agates. “You’d be PERFECT,” she announced, “to be our permit host at Cache Creek—on the Snake River—for the month of December. How about it?” Thus began my adventure: finding paradise in Hells Canyon in the winter! Six weeks later, safely deposited just within the northern boundary of …

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Photo of a varied thrush by Tina Wynecoop.

Backyard Birding: Create Your Own Oasis for Native Birds

One year I participated in the Christmas Bird Count with members of the Spokane Audubon Society. As we prowled our beat, my teammates headed for the few households that had well-maintained bird feeding stations. There we found myriads of birds and lively oases of feathered hustle and bustle in the frozen morning. “Hey,” I thought, …

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New Fishtrap Loop Trail Invites Hikers to Explore

The Bureau of Land Management Fishtrap Recreation Area is well known to fishers, hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians – even astronomers – as a premier scablands getaway. The new Fishtrap Loop Trail is currently under construction, but it already opens up miles of new sights and experiences. This 8,000 plus acre recreation area offers two big …

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People’s Park: An Oasis of Nature Near Downtown Spokane

For thousands of years people have enjoyed the little peninsula upstream from the confluence of Latah Creek and the Spokane River. The name “People’s Park” says a lot about the long history of this place that separates the Spokane River from the downstream reach of Latah Creek (also known as Hangman Creek). People’s Park is …

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Western Montana Road Trip: Art, Nature, Hot Springs and Adventure

Take a weekend to “re-boot” your life on a road trip through western Montana and the towns of Hot Springs and Arlee, both on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Discover art, nature, and hot springs across glorious landscapes and different cultures and enjoy some serious, world-class soaks. Hot Springs and Arlee are accessible from Montana State …

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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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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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