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White fluffy flowers on tall beargrass stems at Mountain Spokane State Park.

Best Spring Wildflower Hikes in the Inland NW

Recommended parks and conservation areas for spring hikes to see wildflowers — including Spokane, Cheney, Pullman, and Coeur d’Alene.

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Big yellow letter-shaped signs that spell out Riverfront at Riverfront Park.

The Great Spokane Parks Challenge: Thru Oct. 7

Visit city and county parks in Spokane and Spokane City Credit Union will donate to the Spokane Parks Foundation.

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Shallan selfie photo with Carol in the background tending to a campfire.

Friendship Connections In the Great Outdoors

Time spent in the outdoors strengthens relational bonds and inspires self-discovery and awareness. Personal essay by Shallan Knowles.

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Two pairs of DeFeet brand cycling socks.

Gear: USA-Made DeFeet Cycling Socks

DeFeet cycling socks are entirely sourced and manufactured in the USA. Creative designs add pizzazz to rides, trails, and everyday wear.

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Black colored Gregory Arrio 18 Day Pack

Gear: Gregory Arrio 18 Day Pack

Gregory Ario 18 backpack is the perfect-size for day-hikes, with ventilated suspension and breathable shoulder strap system.

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Black strap and red light case for Princeton Tec Vizz headlamp.

Gear: Princeton Tech Vizz Headlamp

Waterproof, lightweight, LED Princeton Tech Vizz Headlamp for backpacking, camping, and any outdoor recreation after dark.

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Black colored, inflatable Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Extreme Sleeping Mat

Gear: Sea to Summit Ether Light XT Extreme Sleeping Mat

Four-season performance from Sea to Summit’s Ether Light XT Extreme Sleeping Mat, good for winter/early spring camping.

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Indoors at the Crow's Nest restaurant, with light wood beam accents on the ceiling and window frames, and wood furniture.

A New Delicious View at Schweitzer: Crow’s Nest

Alpine-inspired menu at the Crow’s Nest, located inside Schweitzer’s new Humbird hotel, is inspired by Bavarian, French, and German cuisine.

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Food buffet line at an outdoor party, with guests dressed in warm jackets, hats, and gloves.

Tips for Hosting An Outdoor Party When It’s Cold

Hosting an outdoor party when it’s still cold outside in early spring (or late winter) really isn’t as difficult (or as cold) as it seems.

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