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Exploring the Hanford Reach National Monument

Paddling a river through any desert area seems a contradiction, at first. In the arid middle of Washington State, the Columbia River churns past sun-bleached sage and grasses, jackrabbits and rattlesnakes, and, in one special stretch, an abandoned nuclear reactor.   Northwest of Richland, the Hanford Reach National Monument includes the bones of the Hanford Site, a government …

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National Buffalo Soldiers Trail Under Consideration

By Dave Copelan Wallace, Idaho  Largely forgotten for over a century, the story of what may be America’s greatest ever cycling adventure could finally be getting its due, courtesy of a proposed National Buffalo Soldiers Trail.  Back in 1897, U.S. Buffalo Soldiers, a group of all African American soldiers, were ordered to pedal 1,900 miles from Ft. Missoula to St. …

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The Secret History of Inland Northwest Outdoor Recreation

By Jon Snyder, Jon Jonckers, & Derrick Knowles Please take a moment while charging your GPS and IPhone to consider the hallowed tradition of the regional outdoor guidebook. It’s no secret that outdoor knowledge has exploded on the internet. Sites with user submitted data and comments are proliferating and enhancing what we know of the …

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