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A old black and white vintage photo of two women canoeing.

Once More to The Lake

I’ll start by invoking Tom’s words at the opening of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie.” Tom tells the audience that they’ll be watching a memory play, and that “Being a memory play, it is dimly lighted, it is sentimental, it is not realistic.” Such may be the case here.  The picture accompanying this story is my grandmother, then Amanda Algaier, not …

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The Best of Priest Lake: Hikes, Resorts, Paddling, Fishing, and More

The Northwest has hundreds of lakes ranging from tiny alpine tarns to giant pools that sprawl for miles through the mountains. The region’s many diverse lakes each have their own unique feel and personality. While public land and access is limited at some, others like Priest Lake, nestled in the Selkirk Mountains, are a near …

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Paddling Upper Priest Lake As Easy As 1, 2, 3,***

IT’S A UBIQUITOUS SUMMER PHRASE in Spokane: “Going to the lake.” For some, the body of water referenced is Coeur d’Alene; for others, Newman or Hayden lakes. For many, though, the “lake” in the phrase is Priest, probably the most popular water destination in the area and certainly the most scenic (apologies to Pend Oreille …

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Still water of Priest Lake with mountain peaks and sun in the background.

Boatless At Priest Lake: Everyone Can Hike, Bike And Camp At The Big Lake

Everyone can have a “lake place” if you consider all the public campgrounds and backcountry alpine lakes that are available for little to no cost. Only a two-hour drive from Spokane, Priest Lake is one of mine. It provides an easy, low-cost retreat even for minimalist outdoor recreationists—you don’t need a boat to have fun. …

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