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Illustration of a biker pedaling a Smart Trainer stationary bike as a virtual race.

Virtual Riding & Other Pandemic Cycling Spectacles

During the COVID-19 pandemic, more people started cycling, purchased bikes, and participated in virtual rides and races.

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Man taking a selfie with thumbs-up sign to celebrate his walk in a new neighborhood in Spokane. House and street in background.

Walking or Running Every Single Street in Spokane

Tom Griffen, who moved to Spokane in early 2020, is getting to know Spokane by walking every one of its streets.

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Person biking on the Centennial Trail that runs alongside the Spokane River.

The Secret Is Out: Welcome to the Inland NW

More outdoor adventurers are moving here from other former outdoor Meccas. They can help make the Inland Northwest a better place to live for all of us.

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Pileated woodpecker, with its iconic red Mohawk and white striped head, soars among trees.

Close Encounter with a Pileated Woodpecker

If you spend enough time in natural areas you will probably have a chance encounter with wildlife, where you share an intimate moment in the life of that species. I recently had an impactful meet up, or near literal impact, with the largest woodpecker in North America.

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Illustration of a mom biking with a child sitting behind her, arms outstretched and having fun.

Tales from Bike Town

Everyday Cyclist columnist Justin Short explains what it might take for Spokane to become a wholehearted bike town that is safe, convenient, and easily navigable for bikers of all ages and ability levels.

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Boots next to a manhole cover on the road.

The Rhythmic Restoration of Walking

What is it about walking that’s so appealing, and how can walking benefit runners? Spokane physical therapist Jonathan Hook explains, in this Run Wild column.

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Kids and moms hiking along the trails at High Drive Bluff Park in Spokane.

5 Tips for Spring Hikes with Kids

Whether it’s one child or a small group of siblings, cousins, or friends, use these 5 tips to prepare for your next hiking adventure. Happy hikers want to go out again.

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Woman hiking with her dog on a forested trail at Slavin Conservation Area.

8 Spirit-Boosting Spring Hikes for Kids

Spending time in a forest or exploring a lake shoreline are stress-reducing, morale-boosting activities for kids, helping to stabilize emotions and provide mental clarity. Explore a new trail and find some unplugged, wild serenity this spring with these 8 Inland Northwest hikes, which can be tailored for different hiking abilities.

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Ski kids racing through the snow.

Skiing Through New Goggles

Personal essay by Jon Jonckers about his childhood experiences skiing with a novice-level cousin and then observing his own daughter with her friend.

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Snowshoe Hare hopping through snow.

The Snowshoe Hare

A quintessential winter wildlife species, the snowshoe hare is especially adapted to snowy landscapes. Learn more about them in the Nature column.

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