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JUST DANCE Bellevue Club trainer Katie Milne explains the benefits of incorporating dance into your training




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Test your movement competency with one simple test.

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Club members talk about the joys of traveling abroad by bike.

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Trainer Katie Milne demonstrates why you should dance.



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A monthly spotlight on a BC sister club.

The beauty of bone conduction headphones.


Five things you didn’t know about pickleball.


SETTING THE BARRE Trainer Maryann Carpenter shares a brief but effective workout at the barre.


EASTSIDE SPORTING EVENTS Explore a familiar sport or discover a new favorite hobby.


A GUIDE TO DISC GOLF Find the best spots on the Eastside and beyond.


BEYOND ORGANIC Biodynamic farming in Washington seeks to close the loop.

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A chat with Brian Nash, your Tennis Director WHY TENNIS: I met all my best friends through tennis. It’s a great community. BACKGROUND: Includes top rankings in the Pacific Northwest Men’s Open and 35+ doubles. A graduate of Whitman College, Brian held national rankings in both NAIA and NCAA Division III. During his senior year he was awarded the Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award. ADVICE FOR BEGINNERS: Take a chance and come meet our staff. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. I think people get embarrassed when they’re doing something new, but come learn. PRO TIP: Don’t be afraid to lose. To compete, you have to take risks on big points. People get really tentative, and they don’t play to what they’re capable of because they’re scared to lose.

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ONE THING MOST PLAYERS CAN DO TO IMPROVE THEIR GAME: It would be beneficial for most players to incude more match play as a part of practice. COURT ETIQUETTE YOU WISH MORE PEOPLE WOULD FOLLOW: Something that really bothers me right now at the club level is that it seems like there are a lot more arguments on the court during league tennis matches. We were brought up thinking it’s a gentleman’s game. If you’re not sure about the call, you give it to your opponent. I’d like to see sportsmanship improve. In my opinion, it’s gotten worse over the years. BEST BELLEVUE CLUB MEMORY: In May, we hosted The Match for Africa with Roger Federer and some other athletes and influential people at the Club. Having the most popular player in the world here was pretty cool and, of course, the charitable aspect was great. WHAT’S IN STORE FOR SUMMER: I’d like to encourage people to try one of our special events or tournaments. A lot of people just play on their own, which is great. But we’ve got some really fun things going on. Also tennis is a lifetime sport, so get your kids in summer camps. They’re fun and aren’t a high-pressure type of thing.

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KARATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS In April, Bellevue Club member David Gribble placed third in Kumite (sparring) at the 8th Annual Hayashi-Ha Cup international tournament in Edmonds. “Dynamite comes in small packages,” says instructor James Penor. “He has the heart of a lion. He is a consistent performer in competition and an awesome young man.”


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Bellevue Club’s Golden Masters team competed in the NACAD tournament in Spokane this spring. They beat the Olympic and LA clubs to advance as the No. 1 seed in the semi-finals, where they were eliminated from the tournament by the WAC.


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Eastside news from our partners at 425 Business magazine. KIRKLAND-BASED SOFTWARE COMPANY MOVES HEADQUARTERS TO BELLEVUE After expanding its workforce over the past year, Kirkland-based Xevo — a provider of next generation automotive technology — recently announced it is relocating its headquarters to Bellevue’s Plaza Center. “Xevo is growing rapidly and we needed a new office space to accommodate our growing ranks and give our employees all the benefits they need to be happy and productive,” said Dan Gittleman, Xevo CEO. “As we continue to hire, we looked for a location that would help us recruit top talent. The Plaza Center checks all of those boxes and we can’t wait to move in.” Photo courtesy GLY Construction


Eastside offerings expand with new store openings From Bellevue to Redmond, Kirkland and beyond, new retailers are springing up across the Eastside, providing residents and visitors alike with more options for shopping, dining, and entertainment. With new developments nearing completion and retailers snatching up existing commercial space at popular Eastside shopping hubs, the area is buzzing. Here are some of the stores you can expect to see open in the coming months: Image by Neoscape LINCOLN SQUARE With the 1.5-million-square-foot Lincoln Square expansion nearing completion, expect to see several new retailers filling the space between now and fall. SoulCycle and Wild Ginger already have opened at the new development, but more restaurants and a few retail shops also are planned to debut in the months ahead. Among them, the anticipated Cinemark Reserve Lincoln Square movie theater will open this summer, providing guests with a luxury movie theater experience. In fall, Nordstrom Rack will open its 43,000-square-foot store. It will be the retailer’s eighth location in Western Washington. In addition, visitors to Lincoln Square will have plenty of options when it comes to dining. James Beard Award-winning chef Jason Wilson will open The Lakehouse restaurant and speakeasy-inspired bar Civility & Unrest in June. Japonessa, Taylor Shellfish, and Henry’s Tavern, to name a few, also will open at the expansion this summer.

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THE RACQUET CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA The club’s regal brick-and-marble building offers modern amenities in a historic atmosphere. LOCATION In the middle of City Center, Philadelphia, the club is easily accessible and conveniently located near some of the city’s most exciting nightlife venues, trendy shopping boutiques and classic Philadelphia experiences. FITNESS World-class racquet sports courts anchor the facility and give the club its name. But the newly renovated fitness center also provides access to equipment and classes to maintain full-body health. The club also boasts the country’s first indoor pool to be constructed above the ground floor, just one of many historical notes.

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AMENITIES After a tough match, visitors looking to relax can schedule a massage and then stay in one of 13 uniquely designed and lavish rooms. Overnight suite guests enjoy complimentary wine on the first night of their stay, and all overnight guests receive complimentary breakfast and wireless Internet access. DINING & DRINKS A staple to the social aspect of the club, there are multiple dining options. Stop by the 1889 Pub & Grille for drinks, burgers and a game of pool or the Gold Leaf Cafe, which offers a casual dining experience and a cozy fireplace for on-the-go or sit-down meals.

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Using a newly developed bone conduction technology, Trekz Titanium AfterShokz headphones emit music through your cheekbones. This enables you to keep your ears open to ambient noise, such as traffic, while also allowing you to enjoy music during a workout. Capable of holding six hours of charge, AfterShokz are a go-to tool for those serious about their workouts.


These headphones were designed specifically for the athlete in mind. In addition to offering a safe alternative to participate in activities outdoors, the AfterShokz are IP55 certified, meaning they repel sweat, debris and rain. The voice-prompt guide, named Audrey, permits the user to take advantage of the sound features, such as increasing bass or reducing vibration. The headphones also have Bluetooth capabilities and the ability to accept phone calls, using a noise-canceling microphone. To choose your design and get more information, visit

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ATHLETICS june 2017

FOUR THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT PICKLEBALL Fun facts about one of America’s fastest-growing sports 1. The game was invented in Washington. Pickleball started on Bainbridge Island in 1965 by former governor Joel Pritchard and his two friends Bill Bell and Barney McCallum. The story goes they had attempted to put together a badminton game for their family but lacked paddles and a proper shuttlecock. They improvised with Ping-Pong paddles and a Wiffle ball, and within four months they had created a corporation for the game with established rules. 2. It was not named after a dog. A common myth is that the game was named after the Pritchard’s dog, Pickle, who enjoyed chasing the balls off the court and hiding them in the bushes. However, the dog was actually named after the sport. The game was instead named when Joel Pritchard’s wife, Joan, called it pickleball as it reminded her of a pickle boat, which is traditionally the last boat to return to dock with their catch. 3. Pickleball is based on three other popular racket games. Though primarily fashioned after badminton,

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pickleball also combines rules and concepts from tennis and Ping-Pong. The game was originally played with the net raised to the badminton standard of 60 inches. Once the creators started playing, they realized the ball bounced well enough to lower the net to the now– regulation standard 36 inches. In addition, the scoring is heavily based on Ping-Pong rules. 4. Pickleball is for everyone. The game has traditionally been popular among children, but in recent years has exploded in the older populations with 68 percent of players being over the age of 60. Furthermore, the sport is appealing to both men and women with 47 percent of players reportedly female. The sport is growing every year with over two million people participating internationally. PLAY PICKLEBALL! This fall, the Bellevue Club is hosting a variety of pickleball workshops for beginner and intermediate players. Plea se pick up a C on nec tor for more information.



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SETTING THE BARRE FOR STRENGTH Bellevue Club trainer Maryann Carpenter shares a quick barre workout for those interested in trying a new kind of strength work or who just want to channel their inner ballerina. Perform the complete series on one leg and then repeat on the other leg.

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1. SIDE CRUNCH HIP OPENER Strengthens obliques, quads, hip flexors and external rotators while increasing range of motion in the hips Resting your right forearm on the barre, extend the left leg pointing through the toe. Reach the left arm overhead, extending and stretching the side body. Engaging the core, draw your knee toward your elbow. Return to the starting position and repeat eight to 10 times.

3. KNEE BEND TO SIDE Strengthens glutes, hip flexors and obliques With your forearm on the barre, extend your left leg out parallel to the floor. Place your left hand behind your head, elbow turned out. Keeping your upper body stable, draw your knee toward your elbow. Extend the leg back into the parallel position and repeat eight to 10 times.

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2. PLIES TO SIDE LEG KICK Strengthens the quads, glutes and hamstrings Start with your legs in a plie position and your hands in prayer. Step out and lift your left leg as high as your flexibility allows while moving your forearm to balance on the barre. Use the barre for resistance so you’re working the hamstring and glute muscles and not the lower back. Return to the starting position and repeat eight to 10 times.

4. HIP OPENER Strengthens the abdominal muscles and increases range of motion in your hips Start in the knee bend position from the previous exercise. Rotate the entire torso toward the barre, contracting the abdominals and bending the knees. Return to the starting position and repeat eight to 10 times.






EASTSIDE SPORTING EVENTS Explore a familiar sport or discover a new favorite hobby JUNE 3

Lake-to-Lake Bike Ride Explore Bellevue’s sights from a fresh perspective as the City of Bellevue hosts the annual Lake-to-Lake Bellevue Bike ride to raise money for their youth camp scholarship fund. Take your family on a leisurely nine-mile bike ride or challenge yourself with the more advanced 22-mile bike ride route. ➵ For more information, visit

JUNE 8-10

Seattle Sounders FC Sports Science Weekend Geared toward those currently training in a sport or training others, the Sounders are bringing in some of the top performance coaches and sports scientists in the industry to share information about cutting-edge techniques. There will be Q&A sessions with the speakers to delve deeper into their allotted topic. ➵ For more information, visit

JUNE 10-11

Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival Join the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance for their 8th annual bike festival. The festival will feature vendors offering activities for the entire family. For a small fee, demo bikes on the trails located in Duthie Hill Park. Otherwise, enjoy the beer garden, raffles and jump shows. ➵ For more information, visit


Questival Adventure Race This unique experience travels nationwide but will be holding its annual Seattle event at Hudson Park this June. Build a team from two to six people and participate in a 24-hour challenge that requires the team to complete a list of challenges together. Winners are rewarded with prizes! ➵ For more information, visit

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Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show The Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show is pleased to be holding its 10th annual convention and tournament. With over 400 pinball machines from different eras this is a perfect event for the whole family. ➵ For more information, visit

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Bellevue Club trainer Derik Broadnax explains how a simple test called the Functional Movement Screen can help you move and train more intelligently. WHAT IS THE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN (FMS)? The FMS is a screen comprised of seven movement patterns and three pain-clearing tests essential to everyday, healthy movements. The patterns ask for demonstrations in mobility, stability and motor control, and each is scored excellent, adequate or dysfunctional. I often compare the FMS to a routine blood pressure test. If your results show a problem, you then develop a strategy to resolve or manage it. By appraising your movement competency through the seven fundamental movement patterns, the FMS gives you the same kind of objective score. WHO SHOULD GET AN FMS? Anyone looking for weak links, body optimization or to restore mobility, stability and motor control. Many people think it’s only for athletes or is a performance test, but the movement patterns are not specific to athletics. They are based on movements that should naturally develop in most human bodies. WHY SHOULD YOU GET AN FMS? The FMS identifies deficits in your body. Some people find they have many issues and need to make significant changes in their approach to health, movement and training. One of the greatest benefits is learning if you should eliminate certain exercises that are contributing to movement dysfunction. Other people might just need slight adjustments, and still others will find the results insignificant and be encouraged to continue what they’re doing. THE TRUNK STABILITY PUSHUP IS ONE EXAMPLE OF THE SEVEN MOVEMENTS THAT MAKE UP THE FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN.

WHEN SHOULD YOU GET AN FMS? The purpose is to gain a baseline of movement ability, so it’s important to perform when you’re first establishing a training program. It’s also critical when testing to see if a corrective strategy is working or if you’re returning from an injury. Aside from that, once you have your baseline, you can retest at any time and see changes in your score due to lifestyle, training efforts and injuries. HOW TO GET AN FMS? → E-mail to make an appointment. For more information about the FMS, visit bellevue club june 2017 | 29

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A GUIDE TO DISC GOLF ON THE EASTSIDE AND BEYOND Combining the basic concepts of Frisbee throwing and golf, disc golf is a fun summer activity for the entire family. It just so happens the Eastside is one of the best locations for it in the state. NORTHWEST UNIVERSITY, KIRKLAND This shorter course offers nine holes and is located on the Northwest University campus in Kirkland. There are many different levels to choose from, making it an excellent option for beginners. Its location and isolation from the noise of the city also make it an ideal course for a day out with the family or an afternoon date. JUEL COMMUNITY PARK, REDMOND Located in picturesque Redmond, Juel Community Park Disc Golf Course offers 18 holes with multiple types of baskets to practice different techniques. With lots of open space, this course is good for groups with varied experience. An added bonus for families, Juel Community Park also offers hiking trails and a baseball field. >>>

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SEATAC DGC, SEATAC Seatac DGC is the course for disc golfers seeking a challenge. Offering 18 holes through wooded fairways, this course will separate the casual disc golfer from the committed one. This course is located under the flight path of Seatac Airport, which offers a little added excitement. LAKEWOOD KING COUNTY PARK, SEATTLE Though this course isn’t on the Eastside, Lakewood King County Disc Golf Club is one of the most popular in the area. The pro disc golf shop Chainbangers is located nearby and makes it the perfect hangout for disc golf enthusiasts. “Our course is one of the better maintained ones, very pretty. We get tons of brand-new players, so it is a good place to come throw,” says owner Keith Lionetti.


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GET STARTED! If you’re looking for lessons and equipment, Chainbangers, named after the slang term for avid disc golfers, is worth checking out. The pro shop offers lessons and even assistance in designing your own disc golf course. “We start by going over the basics such as etiquette, rules, how to play the game. Then we delve deeper into types of discs and shots, such as putting and upshots. After we master those, we move on to the course and start working on driving,” Lionetti says. “We can work on introductory stuff or refining technique. It’s an amazing sport, and once you get into disc golfing, you get really passionate about it.” → For more information, visit bellevue club june 2016 | 35

BEYOND ORGANIC Biodynamic Farming Seeks to Close the Loop

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Only a handful of Washington wineries have embraced biodynamic practices, whereas at least 15 Oregon wineries are Demeter Certified Biodynamic including the nation’s largest biodynamically farmed vineyard, King Estate. w r itten by j ulie a r na n THE BASICS

Biodynamic principles are based on the research and w ritings of Dr. Rudolph Steiner, a n Austria n philosopher and architect at the turn of the 20th century who also founded the Waldorf School system. For wine to receive a Demeter certification, both the v ineyard and the w iner y must follow cer tain standards. Biodynamic farms require various soil preparations— nine recipes that do everything from enhancing the nutritional profile of the soil to preventing weeds and pests. They include ingredients like fermented cow manure, powdered quartz and horsetail. A minimum of 10 percent of the total acreage must be set aside as a wildlife preserve (wetland, forest, etc.) and a variety of annual and perennial plants need to be interspersed throughout the planted areas. Livestock need to be integrated into the farm for fertilization purposes. And then there are a couple of “woowoo” elements, like planting and harvesting according to celestial calendars or bur ying a cow horn stuffed with fermented manure in the field (the latter is not a requirement for certification under the Demeter Biodynamic Farm Standard). On the wine production side, biodynamic wines can only use wild, nativelyoccurring yeasts, with no or very low sulfur added, and no filtration. We talked with five PNW wineries about their decision to go beyond organic. HEDGES FAMILY ESTATE: CHRISTOPHE HEDGES

HFE farms its oldest vineyard according to biodynamic practices – the Hedges Family Estate Vineyard, source of its top-tier wine La Haute Cuvée. Reflections magazine: Why did you choose to go biodynamic? Christophe Hedges: Biodynamic improves the env ironment of the v ineya rd. It does this by understanding the holistic nature of farming. The

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environment, once it’s healthy, is self-regulating. Biodynamic, unlike organic, is not just simply a set of nos in farming, it’s a principled approach that uses logic, under the context of nature, to help the vineyard succeed. The trade is what really pushed us into biodynamics starting in 2007. By 2008 we were full into the conversion, and by 2011 we were certified by Demeter. We released our first fully biodynamic La Haute Cuvée in 2012. RM: What is a practical example of the difference between organic and biodynamic practices? CH: Organic soap and oil sprays are the norm in organic farming for ridding a vineyard of cutworms. The biodynamic approach is to find a natural predator of the cutworm. Chickens are a great predator. So, at Hedges, we raise chickens and rent meat chickens to parade around our vineyard and eat these little pests.  It’s extremely effective. The chickens then fertilize the soil and the process is deemed holistic. At the end of the season, we will slaughter the chickens and freeze the meat, which we will then use for dinners and for giving to all of our workers. RM: Does biodynamic farming make the wines better? CH: The wines are neither better nor worse, but simply, more authentic. This understanding is very difficult in w ine, because modern Holly wood marketing to the masses states that bigger wines are better. This is not the case with biodynamic wine, which is all about the influence of the geography, the year, and the yeasts in the vineyard. This is a very inconsistent approach, which is good, as it tells the story of the year with greater magnification. It’s a fine way of removing the cosmetic surgery of wine. Too many wineries “fix” things, hence the heavy reliance of the winemaker as a celebrity crafter. This is not the way of true wine. To be clear, the grapes we grow don’t and should not meet some sort of standard in the industry. They should solely be a reflection of the time, the place and the naturalness of farming.

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What’s old has become new again in the farming world, and Pacific Northwest wine-grape farmers are getting on board by going biodynamic. Biodynamic farms seek to close the loop by creating self-sustaining growing environments where plant and animal diversity yield nutrient-rich soils and verdant crops.

"Biodynamic is a vertical way of farming and includes the moon cycles."

RM: Does Hedges subscribe to all of the biodynamic practices? CH: We take a more pragmatic approach to biodynamics, meaning we like to see tangible results. Some things in biodynamic farming are more ethereal, like fermenting manure in cow horns, which are buried in your vineyard. We don’t participate in this approach, which is fine, this act is not needed in certification. I like to think of our version of biodynamics, which is certifiable by Demeter, as the more modern approach, the logical approach. RM: What has been the public’s response to wines labeled as biodynamic? CH: The public response is good, but not massive. A select few consumers understand it, but it’s very limited. However, the trade (e.g., wine buyers, sommeliers) is knowledgeable and desires these kinds of wines. They love the more authentic approach to wine versus the Hollywood/scores approach.   KING ESTATE: ED KING

The nation’s largest biodynamic vineyard lies at the southern tip of Oregon’s Willamette Valley with 465 of its 1,033 acres under vine (that’s vineyard-speak for planted with wine grape vines). Certified organic since 2002, Ed King says, “The advance from Oregon Tilth organic certification to Demeter Biodynamic is like climbing the last ridge to the top of a mountain,” – a natural evolution in their commitment to sustainability. 38 | june 2017 reflections

King points out the Demeter certification is global in reach and represents an intentional step away from a monoculture approach (growing one crop in vast quantities). Biodynamic wines place the vineyard within a whole farm, creating a self-sustaining polyculture. CAYUSE: CHRISTOPHE BARON

Cayuse wines are some of the most sought after wines from the Walla Walla Valley. The tasting room in downtown Walla Walla tempts passersby with its golden-yellow façade, but it is rarely open. There’s really no need considering the wines are sold as “futures” – a French concept where wine club members purchase the wine even before production. All 4,500 cases are spoken for before a drop goes into the bottles, with 15,000 people on the waiting list, according to vigneron Christophe Baron. A descendant of the Baron Albert Champagne house (founded in 1677), Baron brought centuries of French winemaking methodology with him when he came to the United States to work under his mentor Philippe Armenier. Baron intended to grow pinot noir in the Willamette Valley, but on a tour of Walla Walla Valley, he saw something he liked becoming the first to recognize the potential of stony sites that now make up the much-lauded Rocks District of Milton-Freewater AVA (though he was vehemently against the name on the basis that they are not rocks, but river stones from an alluvial fan).

RM: When were you introduced to the concept of biodynamic wines? CB: I was studying in Burgundy in 1989 and read an article in the French equivalent of Wine Spectator about La Coulée de Serrant, the first biodynamic vineyard from the Loire Valley. Intrigued, I began doing blind tastings throughout Burgundy of sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines. There was so much difference, and the wines I liked always turned out to be the biodynamic wines. I became convinced it was a necessary step. They had a sense of place with tension and salinity. I knew I wanted to farm grapes with biodynamic principles.

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RM: What is the difference between organic and biodynamic farming? CB: Organic farming is linear – a horizontal way of farming with addiction to compost. Biodynamic is a vertical way of farming and includes the moon cycles. You can see the difference between a biodynamic farm that has used the 501 preparation and those that have not – the leaves face the sky. R M: Did you begin Cayuse using biodynamic farming principles? CB: We have farmed organically since day one. In 2002, we fully implemented biodynamic farming. I pursued certification to please my mentor, but chose not to maintain our Demeter certification after realizing that the inspector only came once a year. Anyone could cheat that system and it costs between $10,000 and $15,000 for certification. So, we became independent. RM: Tell us about your farm. CB: There are five vineyards (60 acres total). The stony soil means highly stressed vines. We have vineyards, chickens, pigs, sheep, horses, cows, apple and cherry trees, tomatoes, cucumber vines, corn. It is not a monoculture, but a polyculture. It is not just about wine – we have orchards, vegetables, animals and employees. RM: How does farming biodynamically affect the quality of the wines? CB: Conventional farming (using chemicals) kills terroir. Our approach is stewardship, respect for the land. It’s literally the forces of life versus forces of death (pesticides, herbicides). Biodynamic is the tool in my toolbox to open the true key to terroir. For Cayuse, biodynamic is not a marketing gimmick. It’s a way of living for me. The wines have a lot of character and personality. They are alive. They create pleasure. I’m a dealer – I sell pleasure. In vino veritas – in wine, the truth. The true judge is the customer. RM: Have you inspired others in the Walla Walla Valley to farm biodynamically? CB: Everybody should farm at least organically. The Walla Walla Valley has the most amazing climate to grow wine organically. But, we are still the only biodynamic vineyard in the Walla Walla Valley. No one consults with me to learn about biodynamic farming. Maybe they are scared of me. They probably think it is too expensive, too risky. For us, this is the only way to succeed and make better wine. We don’t even think about recouping costs. It’s a way of life.

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In 2001, Pacific Rim and Company planted 120 acres of biodynamically farmed vines. For 12 years, they maintained a Demeter certification, but chose to discontinue the practice. “We loved the idea of making a biodynamic Riesling, thinking we would make a wine with a greater sense of place and a unique flavor profile,” says Quille. “But, we got hit very hard financially in 2011 with lots of rot and could not afford to continue.” They decided to try it on a smaller scale with a 15-acres vineyard, but again found the challenges too great. The lots are still farmed organically, however, and Quille says they retain many of the biodynamic practices at the winery including using native yeasts, very low sulfite additions, and no added acid. “Selling our wines was really hard and no one was ever willing to pay extra for the cost of farming. Perhaps it is an issue with Riesling where people refuse to pay more than $20 for a bottle of wine. To us, the biodynamic market has been really hard despite all our effort. I don’t think the consumer is there unless it is for expensive red wine in small quantities.” Quille concludes, saying, “It was definitely worth trying and we would love to do it again on a smaller scale as we have learned so much over the years.” SYNCLINE WINERY: JAMES AND POPPIE MANTONE

Located on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge between Hood River and The Dalles, the Syncline philosophy of farming stems from a desire to feed the spirit as well as the body. RM: Why did you choose to farm biodynamically? JM: Probably the most important underlying theme in biodynamic practices is returning energ y/spirituality/ deliberateness to farming. It has only been in the last 150 years that we have lost the spiritual meaning to food. Biodynamic is one way to try and raise farm products that not only feed the body, but feed the spirit of both the consumer and the farmer. RM: In your opinion, how does biodynamic farming affect the quality of the wine? JM: There’s no way to measure the impacts on the wines. What I can tell you is that the vineyard is a more enjoyable and satisfying place to work. I can’t help but believe that this translates to better worker sentiment and attention to detail. RM: Where did you learn biodynamic farming skills? JM: We were exposed to biodynamic when my wife worked at Wintergreen Farm in Noti, Oregon, in the mid-1990’s. From her work experience and observation of the farm, we decided in 2000 to farm our estate vineyards biodynamically. RM: Do you adhere to all of the principles (e.g., animals, other crops, soil prep), or are there a select few that you feel are most important? JM: It is hard to follow all of Steiner’s recommendations. When he presented the principles, he conveyed that this was just the starting point and it was going to take work to figure the system out. We utilize our own animal waste and farm waste for compost production. We use the preps and the calendar as best we can and leave open space on the farm. The compost is the absolute most important aspect. Without proper compost production, the preps are ineffective.

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DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Don’t Just Take Your Dog for a Walk, Take Fido For an Adventure w r itten by ky l a h cech

With the warm weather finally arriving in our rainy corner of the world, it’s the perfect time to explore with a furry friend. We did some digging and found an array of ways to spend quality time with your pup this summer. SEATTLE BARKERY In the Pacific Northwest, it’s common knowledge we love our dogs and our food trucks. It was only a matter of time before we combined the two, and Seattle Barkery hits the mark. Offering treats specially designed for your furry friend, this truck makes stops all over the Seattle metro area including farmers’ markets, festivals and dog parks. “We have 100 percent puppy satisfaction. We taste-test all of our items on our two very picky Pekingese dogs, so there were many things that did not make the cut,” says Dawn Ford, owner and baker. If you are not able to track down the food truck, they also offer a treat bar at the Dogwood Play Park in Seattle. Order your dog a special birthday cake, bacon cupcake or banana bone, and enjoy a beer while your pup meets new friends in the very popular play area. For a calendar of locations, visit >>> 42 | june 2017 reflections

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FREMONT SUNDAY ICE CREAM CRUISE Take your pup on a tour of Lake Union with the Fremont Sunday Ice Cream Cruise. Though the cruise runs year-round, it’s ideal for spending a lazy summer Sunday with your family—and also your furry friend. “Seattle is a very dog-centric place. Originally, the boat business started off in Fremont, and if you didn’t let dogs on, you didn’t have business,” says captain Larry Kezner. He points out the cruise isn’t limited to just dogs. “We have had all kinds of pets such as cats and parrots. One time there was a possum.” The cruise is a little less than an hour long and serves ice-cream treats, including their famous root beer, strawberry cream and Dreamsicle ice-cream floats. For more information, visit seattleferryservice. com/freemont-sunday-ice-cream-cruise/. REDMOND SATURDAY MARKET Many Washington farmers’ markets are dog-friendly, but vendors at the Redmond Saturday Market go above and beyond for their four-legged patrons. The market is open every Saturday May through October from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and over 70 vendors are featured each week. This unique market only sells items that were grown or created in the state of Washington. The event features live music, pet adoption drives and more food options than either you or your pup could handle! Bring the whole family to experience fresh food and an opportunity to show your dog off to the world. For more information, visit 44 | june 2017 reflections

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TRAVELING IN PACKS • Fresh off a 10-day cycling trip through the glaciated mountains and rain forests of New Zealand with 25 of their closest friends, Bellevue Club members Jane Springman and Susan Williams talk about the joys of traveling abroad by bike.


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or almost two decades, a group of Bellevue Club members have been consistently meeting at 5:30 a.m. to take a spin class. The group was initially drawn together by their shared desire to get a ride in before a busy day, but as the years passed and the friendships strengthened, the group took on a whole new meaning. In 2002, the pack of about 15 members decided to board a plane for Spain, where they would take two weeks to put their cycling abilities to the pavement. Traveling with a group of that size overseas is no small feat, especially when equipment rentals, tour guides and long bouts of hard physical exercise are involved. But, it was successful and ultimately became the blueprint for what the group affectionately calls “ed-ventures.”

“We’ve biked through Poland, Hungary, Budapest, Italy, Spain, the Canary Islands, Morocco,” says Jane Springman. “And we call these trips ‘ed-ventures’ after my husband, Ed Springman. He is the catalyst and the planner, and he is also a frugal man who is always looking for ways to shave costs. So there’s usually a quirk or two. We just laugh and say, ‘Well, it’s an ed-venture.’” The group has now grown to about 27 people, and they just recently returned from New Zealand where they rode an average of 30 to 50 miles a day, depending on the terrain, for 15 days. To help transport their luggage from place to place (as they actually travel across countries, not just return to the same hotel each night), the group hired a truck to follow the pack and tour guides to ensure the group stays on the route.

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“We’re people who are committed to an active lifestyle, and we just took it a step further,” Jane says. “We want to enjoy our lifestyle when we’re on vacation, so we do active vacations.”


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Jane estimates the group has done somewhere between eight and 10 trips on various continents, and she says although the tone is pretty easy-going there are a few things they refuse to compromise along the way. “There are a couple of criteria. We don’t camp. We don’t even glamp. We want hotels with showers and good food. We also rent the equipment and get a sag wagon [support vehicle],” she says. “And we want good equipment,” adds Susan Williams, fellow club member and adventurer. “It is a vacation after all.” Jane and Williams both agree there is something very special about traveling in this way as they often find themselves on lesser known routes and roads. “I think we all like the slower pace so we can stop and talk to the locals,” Jane says. “It’s also just a great sensory experience. You’re smelling things, hearing things, experiencing different things because you’re out in the open. Also we’re eating at little out-of-the-way places where they don’t normally see tourists.” The women also poke fun of their ages and say people are often shocked “to see so much gray hair ride by and that we’re still fit. I think we set a pretty good example of how to age gracefully. I hope our children and grandchildren will assume that’s just how you get older,” Jane says. Williams agrees and says the best advice she has for anyone else interested in starting a similar group is “to start local and think small because there are a lot of organized rides around here, and it’s a good opportunity to see how everyone travels and how everyone handles the miles.”

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Athletes around the world are adding this technique to their self-care routines to promote circulation and aid in recovery.

competing in the LAST YEAR, athletes 2016 Olympics made nu-

merous headlines for appearing on the international stage with a series of circular pur plish-red ma rk ings on their back s, shoulders and other body parts. The marks, the telltale signs of a manual therapy known as cupping, weren’t unique to athletes of a specific sport (although Michael Phelps was often discussed) or a certain country—and everyone seemed to be talking about how this technique might be affecting the athletes’ performances. Jason Abbey is a local licensed massage practitioner who uses and teaches cupping, and for more than 13 years he’s been practic-

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ing the procedure on everyone from professional football players to weekend warriors. He says while 2016 seemed to be the year cupping made its worldwide debut, the technique is actually an ancient Chinese healing modality that has been used for more than 5,000 years to ease sore muscles, fight inflammation, aid in detoxification and increase circulation, among other things. “Some records go even further back than that. The Egyptians had recorded use of cupping, and there are many different influences as the application has become wider. In the beginning people used it to extract venom, which is a very literal use of the detoxifying effect,” says Abbey.

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TRY CUPPING Abbey recently trained our team of massage therapists in cupping, and the service is now available at The Spa. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 425.688.3114.

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Which is why Abbey admittedly chuckles at all the recent hype, but he says he’s ultimately thankful for anything that brings more attention to cupping, his healing modality of choice. Now it’s a matter of helping educate people about the potential benefits. To fully understand the premise behind cupping, Abbey says it’s first important to understand—and not fear—the marks. “My biggest obstacle is education about the markings. People do call them bruises, but they are marks and there’s a fundamental difference. Cupping is all about the lifting and separating of tissue to restore blood flow. The mark is just a reaction, a response to suction. There’s no blunt force trauma to the tissue. It’s very different from a black-and-blue bruise from a punch, where soreness and achiness seep into the affected tissue,” Abbey says. Abbey further explains that logistically, cupping works by placing sterile cups on a person’s skin and creating a suction known as reverse pressure. The reverse pressure encourages increased blood flow and circulation to the soft tissue, which he says can be healing for injured, stressed, scarred or diseased tissues. The cups are then manipulated and moved along the body to address all the necessary areas. “Cupping does not replace other body work or massage. It only increases efficacy of what you already do. You’re still using your hands; it’s just 50-50—one method pulls and one pushes,” he says. “It’s important to point out that cupping doesn’t treat anything the hands can’t. It just does it in a different way.” Abbey also points out that like other forms of bodywork, cupping is particularly good at encouraging a mind-body connection. “It’s all about helping clients make connections. For example, someone could come to me for a chronic hip issue, and sometimes it is just about a structural issue related to a specific injury or traumatic event. But also it could be caused by a suppressed emotion, built-up stress or other mental issues that can be stored in the body,” Abbey says. “I’ve found that cupping is one of the best ways to explore and reduce those patterns. It clears the way for flow to be restored in diseased parts of your body and brings balance to the whole body.”

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JUST DANCE With a background in ballet, jazz and hip-hop, Bellevue Club trainer Katie Milne complements her classes and training with dance-inspired movements. In the following pages, she explains and—beautifully demonstrates—why.

HEIGHTENED PROPRIOCEPTION “The most important thing I learned from dance is how to connect with my body on a deeper level. It taught me an incredible sense of awareness as to what’s going on when I move. This often allows me to make on-the-spot adjustments in my alignment to help avoid injury or perform a movement more effectively. Overall, I think a lot of people lack a connection with their body. For example, many people struggle with how to engage a certain part of their body while keeping other parts still. It’s all about getting to know your body.” BETTER MOBILITY “Dance is very efficient at addressing agility, mobility, flexibility and taking them to the next level. I’ve noticed a lot of young kids these days are good at their specific sports, but struggle with simple stretches and have tight muscles, especially in the hamstrings and hips. It’s great to be good at sports, but a balance can be so huge in creating a well-balanced, healthy body.” bellevue club june 2017 | 55


INCREASED STRENGTH “In modern, jazz and hip-hop you get low to the ground so it works the quads, hamstrings and glutes— the large muscle groups—and naturally makes you strong. Because of how grounded you have to be to move from one side to the other, it can build a lot of strength using just body weight, not to mention the jumping and other big movements.”

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IMPROVED CARDIOVASCULAR “Dancing can be a great cardio workout. I think it’s helpful that it’s fun and by nature varies greatly. It’s a lot of very explosive movements—you move slow and then fast, you might jump or slide. In my classes, I use the dance-based movements to go in and out of plyometric exercises and create different, fun transitions.”

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ADDED FUN “It’s really important to not be hard on yourself. For me, dancing is the best way to just let myself go. Because in the end, who cares what it looks like. It’s just about moving and getting lost in the movement. The objective is to be set free in that hour instead of being like, ‘Oh shoot, I didn’t do that step perfectly.’ It just feels good to move, and the other stuff comes with practice.”

WORK IT Join Katie and fellow BC trainer Missy Smith for IGNITE, a two-hour dance and strength-based workshop on Sunday, June 25 at the Bellevue Club. You will get your heart rate up by learning dance choreography for the first hour and then focus on strength building for the remainder of the workshop. Space is limited, so email to register now. For members and guests.

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MARVEL THROUGH THE MIGHTY Utah’s Five National Parks Are a Treasure Trove of Natural Splendor

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T R AV E L Five national parks stud the southern portion of Utah. Nicknamed “The Mighty 5”: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks flaunt astounding and diverse geological beauty. w r itten by j ulie a r na n


Named for the Old Testament city of Jerusalem, “Zion” often generally refers to a kind of promised land or heaven. It’s easy to see why early Mormon settlers designated the area as such. Towering rock walls, striped red and white with Navajo sandstone, dwarf visitors standing at the bottom of the canyon. The Virgin River has eroded spectacular slot canyons starting from its origin in the 9,000-foot Markagunt Plateau. Hikes abound throughout the 147,000-acre park, but hiking the Narrows up the Virgin River should be on all bucket lists everywhere. Much of the hike requires trekking in the water—special aquatic shoes and a wooden walking stick are highly recommended and available at Zion Outfitter near the entrance of the park. Smooth, undulating canyon walls frame mountain vistas and waterfalls while the bright-blue sky plays peekaboo from bend to bend. Bring a lunch, some layers and a waterproof camera case, and be prepared to stop every 10 feet to snap yet another mind-blowing photo. Two hikes that offer views from the top down are Angels Landing (5.4 miles) and Canyon Overlook Trail (one mile). The first should only be attempted by well-conditioned hikers without a fear of heights, as the top of the trail contains sheer drop-offs aided by handrail chains and no guardrail at the summit. But the views are choice including the Great White Throne, Red Arch Mountain and the entrance to the Narrows. Angels Landing is not recommended for young children; however, Canyon Overlook Trail is the perfect counterpart—a mostly level trail and short walk lead to a big panoramic payoff featuring Bridge Mountain, the West Temple, Towers of the Virgin and the Streaked Wall. After a brief ascension from the parking lot

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near the east entrance of the Mount Carmel Tunnel, the trail quickly winds back into the wilderness, hugging red rock walls looming over Pine Creek slot canyon, through an overhanging cave perfect for big imaginations. For a slightly more mellow adventure, rent inner tubes (Zion Outfitter or Zion Adventure Company) and float down the Virgin River just south of the entrance to the park through the adjacent town of Springdale. Tubes can be left in a designated pile at the exit. If your kids are old enough to attempt this on their own, be sure to wave from your balcony or one of three hot tubs at the Cliffrose Lodge as they float by.

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to the rustic Zion Lodge and three campgrounds within the borders of the park, many wonderful accommodations are available in Springdale. The aforementioned Cliffrose Lodge offers beautiful, comfortably appointed suites with fully furnished kitchens and family-friendly amenities such as a pool, large lawn with games, lobby marketplace and a guest bar for Mom and Dad. Hot breakfasts can be delivered to guest rooms (for a fee). Zion claims the prize for best dining options near a Utah national park thanks to the thriving town of Springdale next door. Sol Foods Supermarket offers a wide range of grocery and prepared items. Locals and visitors alike swear by the Mexican cuisine at Bit & Spur. And 9 East, located at the Desert Pearl Inn, rivals farm-to-table restaurants in metropolitan areas with its Mediterraneaninspired cuisine and brick-fired pizza oven.


Zion National Park is open year-round. Seven-day entrance passes are $25 per vehicle. During peak season, visitors must park their cars and utilize the free shuttle system once inside the park boundaries. Temperatures can reach close to 100 degrees during summer months; consider a visit in the winter off-season when weather and crowds are much more palatable.


Best known for its amphitheaters of hoodoo rock formations, Bryce Canyon has an otherworldly feel. For millions of years, water has seeped into the salmon-colored sandstone. With each freeze and thaw, the water breaks apart a little more of the rock, first forming fins, then windows, and finally the pillars called hoodoos. Rows of pillars make magnificent terraced amphitheaters when viewed from the rim. In the winter, the snow-dusted amphitheaters resemble a powdered-sugar-dusted Bundt cake. Experience the hoodoos from the ground floor with the Navajo Loop Trail (1.4 miles) that leads down from Sunset Point through iconic hoodoo structures like Wall Street, Twin Bridges, and Thor’s Hammer. Longer hikes include the Fairyland Loop Trail (8 miles) and the Peekaboo Loop Trail (5.5 miles), but the granddaddy premier hiking experience is the Under the Rim backpacking trail (23 miles one way with free shuttle return). Bryce Canyon is a great “drive-thru” park—the 18-mile scenic drive around the rim offers many viewpoint stops, like the aptly named Inspiration Point. If you don’t want to do the driving, hop on a free shuttle bus leaving from Ruby’s Inn, with stops at the Visitor Center, viewpoints, and trailheads. Rim trails contain specimens of Bristlecone pine trees—the oldest trees in the world with some close to 5,000 years old. Located at roughly 8,500-feet above sea level, Bryce Canyon is a stargazer’s paradise. Utah is home to eight of the nation’s 16 designated Dark Sky Parks. In addition to park rangers, some of Utah’s parks have “dark rangers”— celestial-minded staff who lead periodic star talks. While Bryce doesn’t technically have this designation yet, they have hosted the Bryce Canyon National Park Astronomy Festival annually since 2000 (June 21–24, 2017), featuring solar viewing, rocket building/launching, constellation tours and telescope stargazing opportunities. Bryce Canyon National Park is open year-round. Seven-day entrance passes are $30/vehicle. Camping is available within the park at Sunset and North Campgrounds; lodging is available at the historic Bryce Canyon Lodge or Ruby’s Inn (try a tepee!). If you’re headed to Capitol Reef next, spend a night at Shooting Star RV Resort, offering a fleet of Hollywood-themed Airstream travel trailers. 62 | june 2017 reflections



Arches National Park is home to the largest proliferation of natural arches in the world—more than 2,000 within its 73,000-acre border. Thick salt beds left by an ancient inland sea were subsequently covered by rock. Over time, the salt shifted under the weight of the rocks, creating faults and domes on the surface. Wind and water eroded the upper layers into fins, spires, balanced rocks and arches. With a scant eight inches of rain per year, piñon pine and juniper scrub eek out a thirsty existence in the dry, rust-colored landscape. The scenic 18-mile drive (one way) takes four to five hours to complete if you stop at each viewpoint for 10 minutes. If you only have time for one stop, make it at Delicate Arch Viewpoint—the world’s most famous arch depicted on the Utah license plate. Obviously, there is much to see, but when to see it at its glorious best takes some scheduling. For features like Moab Fault, Landscape Arch, the Great Wall and Cache Valley are best viewed (and photographed) as the sun rises. Park Avenue, Balanced Rock, Garden of Eden, and the infamous Fiery Furnace* light up best with the setting sun. *Note: A permit is required for Fiery Furnace’s confusing labyrinth of sandstone canyons. Tickets are available up to seven days in advance at Arches Visitors Center—$6 per adult self-guided permit; $16 per adult for highly recommended ranger-led tour. Landscape Arch’s delicate 306-foot span makes it possibly the longest stone span in the world. It is an ancient formation and won’t be around forever making it a “don’t miss” feature of the park. The easy trail (1.6 miles) gets crowded quickly, so get an early start. Continue on the trail to Double O Arch (4.2 miles)—a rare formation of one arch on top of another. Arches National Park is open year-round. Seven-day entrances passes are $25 per vehicle. Camping is permitted within the park at Devil’s Garden Campground, however it is closed until November 2017 due to a major construction project. In the nearby town of Moab, glamp it up in a luxurious tent or tipi at Moab Under Canvas after grabbing a cold beer at Moab Brewery.


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Located near Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef National Park contains similar elements to both Bryce and Zion with far fewer crowds. The name is derived from the white dome-like rock formations (like the domes of our nation’s capitol) and the word “reef” refers to the uplifted landmasses. Colored cliffs, hidden arches, massive domes and deep canyons adorn this underappreciated gem. Potholes created from a mammoth buckling of the earth’s surface fill with rainwater at descriptively named 100-mile Waterpocket Fold. Unlike the other Mighty 5, there are no entrance fees to access Capitol Reef with the exception of a $10 per vehicle fee for the scenic drive behind the Visitor Center. So few people visit this park that you might have some hikes all to yourself. Hike to Hickman Natural Bridge (two miles) to view the 133-foot span and a white sandstone dome. Afterward, stop for a sweet juicy bite at a u-pick orchard in the historic Mormon community of Fruita. Capitol Reef National Park is open year-round. A resistance to infrastructure development over the years means very little artificial lighting, which makes this area one of the designated Dark Sky Parks. Experience the night sky much like it has been since the pioneer days.


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If size corresponds to age, Canyonlands is the great-grandma of the Mighty 5 at 527 square miles (that’s over 337,000 acres). Four designated districts carve the park into manageable pieces, each with its own visitor center. Navajo and Wingate sandstone were laid down as immense sand dunes during the Mesozoic Era and are joined by five other types of rocks. The Needles District contains the most hiking trails—about 74 miles of options of which the most popular are Cave Spring (0.6 mile) known for ancient Puebloan rock art, Pothole Point (0.6 mile) perfect for families with small children and Slickrock Foot Trail (2.4 miles) that stays high throughout lending four panoramic viewpoints. Backpackers should head to the ultrascenic Chesler Park Loop (5.4 miles) for a hug by Mother Nature as they squeeze through the Joint. Within the Sky District is a section called the Island with several well-maintained, family-friendly hikes. This district is also where Mesa Arch is located—the West’s most photographed landform. A keyhole view of White Rim country rewards hikers who finish this easy path (0.5 mile). Watch small children at the arch—it’s perched on the edge of a 500-foot cliff. The Maze District is a truly remote landscape of twisted sandstone best traveled by those who consider themselves rugged individuals. One of the district’s rare loop trails, the Harvest Scene Hike (8.7 miles) leads visitors to a 3,000-year-old example of rock art in addition to many other sights like the Chocolate Drops formation on the canyon rim and Petroglyph Fork. The Green and Colorado Rivers comprise the fourth district. Above their confluence, the rivers offer miles of flat water ideal for canoes and kayaks. But after their juncture in Cataract Canyon, the water speeds up, crashing with power for 14 miles of Class III–V rapids. Guided rafting trips are available through dozens of local outfitters. Canyonlands National Park is open year-round (though some facilities close in winter). Seven-day entrance passes are $25 per vehicle. Camping is available in the park at Squaw Flat and Willow Flat Campgrounds. Camping and yurts are available outside of Canyonlands at Dead Horse Point State Park—a designated Dark Sky Park.


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CLUB REFLECTIONS your community. your club. Junior Tennis Staycation

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CLUB REFLECTIONS your community. your club. Bubbles from Around the World

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