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FromtheEditor: The Future Looks Bright Goodbye
After nine years this is my last editorial for Out There Monthly. I’ve passed the torch to the magazine’s new owners, Shallan and Derrick Knowles. Both have been longtime contributors to OTM. I can’t think of two people who are better suited to continue OTM’s vision. I’m excited to see the new directions they go. There would be no magazine to sell them if not for some essential people who helped me launch OTM. David Latimer and Paul Brewster were investors who offered crucial business advice. Mountain Goat Outfitters, Brett Brothers Sports, and Boo Radleys were our first three advertisers who took a leap of
faith on a new idea. Mountain Gear and Fitness Fanatics have been our biggest advertisers for years. OTM would also have been impossible without the support of my mother Barbara Snyder, my father Tom Snyder, and my sister and partner in crime Kaitlin Snyder. My kids Jackson and Theo endured many fatherless nights at the end of the month, and there is no way I would have made it this far without the loving support of my wife Heidi. And finally, thanks to all our readers, contributors and advertisers. The future looks bright for OTM. ------------------------------------------------------JON SNYDER, founder
Hello I remember Jon telling me about his idea for bringing Out There Monthly to life nine years ago and immediately thinking that he was on to something. The Inland Northwest has worldclass mountains, trails, lakes, and rivers and a passionate community of people who live to be out there enjoying them, yet our region’s incredible outdoor amenities haven’t always been appreciated and preserved like they should. For nearly a decade now, Out There Monthly has served as a resource for people who love to hike, bike, run, climb, paddle, ski, or just spend time outdoors enjoying the natural world. In the pro-
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OutThereNews pump-up the velo-city By Erin Muat
The upcoming Lilac City Twilight Criterium, hosted by the Spokane Rocket Velo, will provide pros, laymen and children alike the opportunity to participate in, or watch-the loud, large and exciting bike races through downtown Spokane on Saturday, July 6 running from 5pm to 9pm. For those unfamiliar with this term, a criterium, often shortened to “crit,” is a bike race held on a short course, its duration based on either the number of laps, or in this case, total time. Participants in the Lilac City crit will race for either 40 minutes or 50 minutes depending on their category. Category, in turn, is determined by an elaborate point system, which combines the number of races participated in, individual placing, and the number of starters in the race. These points are used to then place USA cyclers at different levels. For example, a woman in Cat 4 must amass 20 points or participate in 25 races with a minimum of 10 top-10 finishes out of 30 riders, or top-20 in fields of over 50, according to USA Cycling. Categories range from 1 to 5, 1 being the elites and 5 the amateurs. Cyclists can choose to participate in less competitive, low-key races as an alternative to
the official USA cycling matches. Children 9 and under may enter the 6:40pm Kids Race and all others may join the Citizens Ragtag Rally at 7:40pm, where you can ride whatever bike you choose on the course, at your own pace-for free. Other bike fans wishing to watch, and keep themselves busy at the same time, are encouraged to volunteer. Volunteering has some perks with free food, t-shirts and “forced upper body workouts,” according to Spokane Rocket Velo president, Alan Jacob. The race starts near the Carousel on Spokane Falls Blvd. The .79 mile loop takes bikers up North Howard for a block, down Main, right on Washington, left on Riverside, left on Bernard and back through Spokane Falls Blvd. Since Spokane Rocket Velo successfully shutdown downtown streets for this event, riders need not worry about cars or traffic. // For additional information, please visit www. spokanesports.org/twilightcrit.html. Registration can be made through the above-mentioned site as well: $30 for an entrant’s first race and $20 for each additional race on the same day.
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sup spokane- try stand up paddle boarding Anyone interested in stand up paddle boarding won’t want to miss the Aloha Race Series at Riverside State Park’s Nine Mile Recreation Area on the flat water reservoir stretch of the Spokane River this summer. The four events will take place on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM (July 18 and 25th and August 1st and 8th). Mountain Gear is putting on the series to introduce more people to the sport with a fun, non-competitive format. Participants in different age and gender classes will paddle around a buoy course, dodging obstacles and testing their
balance along the way. You’ll need your own board and gear or you can rent from Mountain Gear. Some boards and paddles will be available for rent at each event, but it’s best to plan ahead and reserve your rental in advance. Each event is $15, which gets you into the race and makes you eligible for post-event prizes. Do all four races and you also get a cool t-shirt. Call 509-325-9000 for more information, to reserve your rental gear and to sign up. //
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HealthandFitness race day food prep starts early Keeping your stomach in good shape / By Dr. Bob Lutz With your big race coming up this weekend, you start your pre-race meal plan: plenty of carbs and high quality protein, hydration and the night before, a heaping bowl of pasta Alfredo with chicken at your favorite restaurant. Fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast, sliced turkey sandwich or beans and rice for lunch, salads with fresh veggies from your garden—what could be better? Maybe you should always eat like this. Race morning comes, and you find yourself
inspections. Overwhelmingly, their findings were encouraging, with more than 90% passing on their first visit. Approximately one hundred twenty illnesses were investigated, and of these, only two required further evaluation, neither of which was caused by problems with the restaurant. Spokane county has one of the lowest rates of foodborne illnesses in the State due to SRHD’s efforts, and its food program is one of only a few in Washington standardized by the FDA.
The CDC estimates one in six Americans, or roughly fortyeight million people, are sickened yearly from foods. doubled over in the bathroom –more than just nerves, you feel like *(@)#*$)(#*@ and there’s no way you’re getting to the start line. What went wrong? A few months ago, we looked at how public health is behind the scenes ensuring the water you drink is clean and the food you eat is safe. Last year, the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) performed almost 3,000 restaurant
Now this isn’t to say it’s a perfect system because the majority of food poisoning flies beneath the radar. Symptoms can run the gamut from a mild stomachache, to vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, and for an estimated three thousand people, death. And with the incubation period for the host of agents including viruses, bacteria and parasites ranging anywhere from hours to weeks, most people don’t connect the food they ate to their
symptoms. Even when they do, most can manage their ailments at home and never report it. The CDC estimates one in six Americans, or roughly forty-eight million people, are sickened yearly from foods. Given the number of outbreaks over the past few years that have included such foods as hamburger, cut melon, spinach, and tomatoes, many have come to wonder who’s really responsible for food safety. While many safeguards exist, a combination of too many bureaucratic hands in the pot, globalization, and too few resources for managing the system create a mess that ultimately we as consumers pay for. For example, the USDA is responsible for meat, poultry and eggs, while the FDA is responsible for fruits, vegetables and other non-meat products. More confusing, fish regulations are a combination of state and federal—the USDA ensures proper labeling (site of origin), the FDA oversees safety, and the State Department of Health provides fish advisories, such as how much is safe to eat, which if you’ve been following the news over the past few months, is a contentious issue. So while the SRHD performs restaurant inspections, its inspectors can’t address problems at home and it ultimately comes down to you, to some degree, to ensure your own food safety. So what does this look like? Probably the most common causes of food borne disease in the home are:
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proper hand-washing, both during preparation and handling clean dishes without washing when ill; and cross-contamination of food surfaces, e.g., prepping salad after cutting raw chicken. Raw meat and poultry, raw eggs, unpasteurized milk, and raw shellfish are the most likely sources of foodborne illnesses. Raw fruits and vegetables can also cause problems, and washing can only decrease but not eliminate contamination. So what can you do to lower your risk?
Foodsafety.gov (www.foodsafety.gov/keep/ basics) list four key steps for starters:
Clean your hands, surfaces and utensils, and fruits and vegetables, • Separate meat, poultry, eggs and seafood when purchasing, preparing and storing • Cook and maintain the temperature ≥140° • Chill perishable food within two hours and don’t thaw foods on the kitchen counter And while eating locally grown foods doesn’t ensure you’ll never get sick, knowing the people who’ve grown and raised your food will give you a sense of where it’s coming from and the opportunity to learn about their practices. So if you’re eating at your favorite brewpub, rest assured SRHD has your back. But if it’s getting ready for your next race, picnicking at the lake or having salad night with your neighbors, know the basics of preparing your meals so you don’t find yourself wishing you’d done things differently. //
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RoadTrip Hiking and Ski Mountaineering Mt. Adams Numerous Routes Offer Options for Different Ability Levels / By Peter G. Williams
the west side of Washington’s forgotten volcano // Photo: Peter G. Williams
The perfect mountain for all levels of climbers and skiers sits in our midst. Mt. Adams, located in the Cascade Range 75 miles northeast of Portland, Oregon, is ideal for a range of adventures including climbing, hiking, ski mountaineering, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Sometimes known as Washington’s forgotten volcano, Mt. Adams is the third highest of the Cascade volcanoes, and the second highest mountain in Washington State, sitting at 12,276 feet (3,741 meters) above sea level. A broad dacite dome, it is the second most massive volcano of the Cascade Range, approximately a third larger than Mount Rainier. Only Mt. Shasta in California eclipses it in volume. Mt. Adams is truly a majestic hulk that dominates the southern Washington Cascade landscape. The summit of Mt. Adams is centrally located along the main north-south axis of the giant massif. Five glaciers drop off from the summit dome: the Klickitat, White Salmon, Wilson, Lyman, and Adams. Additional glaciers form along the base of the cirque headwalls. The east face of Mt. Adams forms one of the wildest precipices in all of the Cascade Range.
The vast majority of climbs are done on the south spur, with the north ridge also serving as a popular climbing route. Spring ascents are problematic due to road closures, but climbing conditions can be good. The standard south route can be climbed well into fall. Weather on Adams can change rapidly, with sudden snowstorms above 6,000 feet occurring at any month of the year. The south spur route is accessed from Cold Springs Campground. From there hike on trail number 183 up an old road trace which eventually emerges as a trail on the left skyline ridge after approximately 1 ½ miles. The ridge trail will take you to a large flat area at approximately 9,000 ft. known affectionately as “Lunch Counter”. Although Adams can easily be climbed in a day, Lunch Counter is a common camping location. From Lunch Counter continue up the south ridge. At approximately 9,700 feet the route steepens, and crampons and an ice axe are often needed. Follow the ridge up snow or talus slopes to the false summit at 11,700 ft. Cross the divide to access the true summit, approximately 600 feet higher in elevation. The entire climb from car to summit can be done in five to eight hours.
There are numerous other climbing routes of varying difficulties, some of which are very technical, requiring advanced skill, experience, and special equipment. To avoid the crowds, one convenient option is the Avalanche-White Salmon Glacier route. This is a gently sloping glacier route on the southwest slopes. From Cold Springs Campground travel cross-country to the terminus of Avalanche Glacier. Cross the lower Avalanche Glacier to a cleaver between it and the White Salmon, and then proceed up the White Salmon Glacier. An understanding of safe glacier travel is necessary, along with an awareness of rock-fall and avalanche danger. There are tremendous ski descent options, many of which can be done well into late summer. The standard south route offers a nice ski from the false summit. Of more interest is the Southwest Chute, which also drops off from the false summit. Most Mt. Adams climbing routes lie in the Mt.. Adams Wilderness Area and require a wilderness permit to enter. Free self-issue Wilderness Permits are available at prominent trailheads. Many access points have a $5/vehicle/day fee, which can be offset through the purchase of a variety of seasonal recreation passes. Also, a Cascades Volcano Pass is required if climbing above 7,000 feet (see www.fs.usda.gov for details). There are many hikes to choose from on every side of Mt. Adams. A beautiful hike is Bird Creek Meadows. Access requires 17 miles on an unpaved road, with the last seven of those on a bone-rattling rutted road. A half-mile walk on a gently ascending trail takes one out of the trees into surreal flower-filled meadows. From there a number of trails radiate to views of jagged canyons, waterfalls, and Mt. Adams itself. For centuries local Native American tribes called this mountain Pah-to. It was accidentally renamed Adams in the 19th century by white mapmakers, in honor of President John Adams. The name had originally been intended for Mount St. Helens, but a geographer erred in map making and marked the mountain 40 miles to the east of its actual location. Since a very large mountain, what is now affectionately known as Mt. Adams, happened to be in that exact spot, the name stuck. //
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Creating intentional adventure opportunities is one of Mark Schuler’s keys to success for his family’s camping trips. Along with his wife, Shawn, and two sons, Dylan (age 12) and Zach (age 7), the Schuler family enjoys a handful of camping trips each summer. One such adventure was at Potholes Reservoir. “We paddled canoes and hiked from Black Lake down to another lake for no other reason than the boys thought it was cool to portage the canoe,” says Mark.
Other examples include scenic mountain bike riding in Moab, Utah, and exploring Mount St. Helen’s petrified forest. “My sons have benefited greatly from our shared camping experiences. In addition to gaining an appreciation of the world they inhabit, my family receives other social benefits inherent to camping,” says Mark. “Our lives are so busy with work and school, activities and responsibilities. When we stop what we’re doing to go camping, we spend all of our time and focus on the people we’re sharing the experience with. This is positive in so many ways.” Whether it’s Lake Wenatchee State Park or Farragut State Park—two of the family’s favorite regional campgrounds—or the national parks in southern Utah, their first priority when selecting a campground is proximity to recreation. Typically, this means a lake for paddling or trails for mountain biking. This summer, they plan to camp at Farragut and Lake Wallowa State Park, in northeast Oregon. Originally from Seattle, Mark has lived in the Spokane area since 1989—when he moved here to attend Eastern Washington University and study geology. He has been working at Mountain Gear since 1995, beginning in the company’s mailorder division and then shifting to the marketing and purchasing departments. “Having made a living selling solid, wellbuilt gear, I know it can improve the experience whether you are biking, hiking, skiing or camping. That said, I would tell families that want to take their kids camping that not having the latest and greatest gear is no impediment at all,” he
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says. “Start with the gear you have—a flashlight that grandma gave them as a toy will do fine.” As kids grow older, he suggests upgrading their gear to include a kid-sized hydration pack and compass. Other essential items his family brings are: baby wipes (for cleaning up, no matter how old kids are), a few toys (e.g., sand toys if going to a lake), and bikes. “Campgrounds are built in a loop, so even when our sons were pretty young we’d give them the run of the loop as long as they checked in every time they came by and kept their eyes open for any traffic,” says Mark. His sons ride Trek mountain bikes and Mark rides an older model Gary Fisher Cake. Besides the sheer pleasure of camping, Mark also appreciates its intrinsic value. “Because we have degraded our own environment, our planet is a less hospitable place to live. I believe that we must introduce our children to nature and the sciences. Our children, as well as the generations they will rear eventually, will be the earth’s stewards after we’re gone. If they don’t gain an appreciation and love for the world they live in now, they won’t make very good caretakers. Why would anyone want to save the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge if they have never been to a place like it,” he says. “It’s vital to our planet that kids get out there and explore. It really doesn’t matter if it’s a state or national park, or a creek running through their neighborhood like I had as a kid growing up in north Seattle, or our own Big Rock located near Spokane in the Iller Creek Conservation Area.”
Here is the family’s core essentials for car camping:
-----------------------------------------------------TENT: Marmot 3-person tent, or 5-person size tent. http://marmot.com -----------------------------------------------------TENT MATRESS: Truck Bedz—sized to fit around wheel wells in truck beds, the Schuler’s use one in their truck and tent. “It’s the same thickness as an inflatable mattress but built out of indestructible fabric,” says Mark. “When it’s just the boys and me, we’ll camp in the back of my pickup truck. I built a bunk bed and the boys sleep on the top half—they think that’s cool.” truck-bedz.com -----------------------------------------------------KIDS SLEEPING MATS: Exped. “These are much warmer and more comfortable than the blue foam pads and Therm-a-rests that we grew up using,” says Mark. “Good night sleep = happy kids = happy parents.” exped.com -----------------------------------------------------kids sleeping bags: Mammut. http://www. mammut.ch/ -----------------------------------------------------camp stove & Lantern: Coleman. http:// www.coleman.com/Products/2000/stoves.//
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Gargoyles Wrath Sunglasses Darn Tough Vermont Socks ENO Twilights You know ENO for their great hammocks, but what about hammock accessories? Try batterypowered colored Christmas tree lights for your hammock. Completely unnecessary and totally cool. The string consists of 23 color-changing LED lights. They come with a nice little carrying pouch and three AA batteries that are supposed to support 72 hours of continuous burn time. Twilights are also perfect for decorating your bike. Info: enonation.com 10
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: my biggest complaint about many wool socks is that they don’t last very long. Darn Tough attempts to solve that problem with reinforced Merino Wool socks that come with a lifetime guarantee. “If you can wear these socks out, we’ll replace them,” it says right on the package. I haven’t had them long enough to thoroughly test out their toughness, but so far, so good. The socks sport fine gauge knitting and a performance fit. Their Hike/Trek socks have cushion at the bottom of the foot for added comfort. Info: darntough.com
There are a whole lot of high-tech reasons to own these sunglasses (lightweight flexible nylon frame, locking pin stop hinge, shatter-resistant ballistic defense lenses). But the reason I love them is that they are big on your face and look cool. I wear prescription glasses, but I don’t like the expense of getting prescription sunglasses. Big sunglasses can fit easily over my regular glasses, and Gargoyles do the trick. These sunglasses are meant for military and hunting uses, but I think they work great for any outdoor activity. Info: gargoyleseyewear.com
Schwinn Build A Bike Card Game Okay, I haven’t played this yet, but the cards are pretty cool. Dig the penalty cards: “Chain Broke,” “Flat Tire,” and “Hit a Pothole and Wiped Out.” Somebody needs to add those to the Game of Life. Billed as a fast and fun family card game, Build A Bike is meant for 2-6 players ages 6 and up. Don’t forget the banana seat. Info: schwinnbikes.com
EverydayCyclist FBC CELEBRATES 6 YEARS OF RIDES Is this the end of a Spokane Cycling Era? / By Hank Greer This month, the F***ing Bike Club, aka the FBC, will celebrate its sixth birthday. Then it will cease to exist. That’s right. No more Full Moon Fiascos. No more Prom Rides. No more Festivus, Fiascoween, or Back to School rides. Jeff Everett, the founder of FBC Spokane, says it’s time to direct his energies elsewhere. So this is your last chance to become a Lifetime Member For Life—for one night—and celebrate one of the coolest cycling endeavors to happen in Spokane.
Jeff hails from Mississippi and came to Spokane by way of Saint Louis, Missouri. While there he was part of a bicycle club—“club” used in its loosest form—that became the original F***ing Bike Club. The flagship ride was called the Full Moon Fiasco (it happens when you think it does). The idea was that people who like to ride bikes would go to a different bar each month, hang out, and have fun together. Some rides would have themes. There was always one easy-to-follow rule: Don’t be an asshole. Jeff brought the FBC concept with him when he came to Spokane in 2007. He set up a website and posted an announcement for the first Fiasco in July of that year. Only he and his wife attended. It was the same for the next three, but Jeff persevered. Two people showed up at Fiasco 5 in November. Fiasco 6, the first Festivus ride, was held just two nights before Christmas. I remember it well. For a short while eight of us rode through avenues of deep slush. The roads were awful, so we
it didn’t stop there. By the spring of 2009, running the FBC demanded more organizational skills. Jeff called ahead to destinations, alerting them that one hundred or so people would be showing up so they could schedule extra staff. He planned routes. He found someone to print and laminate the spoke cards. Some riders were interfering with vehicle traffic and running red lights forcing Jeff to emphasize the only rule and hope peer pressure would keep them in check. One enticement for attending a Fiasco was the highly prized spoke card. Jeff, a graphic artist, designed them all. Attend any cycling event in Spokane and I guarantee you’ll find an FBC spoke card on more than one wheel. It’s worth noting that Jeff worked hard to keep the FBC from being about him. He purposely withheld his name and tried to remain anonymous. For those who knew, he asked they keep his name quiet. Respecting that, someone tagged him with the name, “The F***ing Guy”, so people could call him something. To his credit, when the popularity caught up with him the focus remained on the FBC. Through creative thinking, hard work, and a fortunate set of circumstances, Jeff connected with Knog, an Australian company that makes cycling accessories like bike lights and messenger bags. Knog was willing to donate merchandise for door prizes but also had a request. The company was doing a two-week global photo shoot and, intrigued by the FBC, wanted to come to Spokane. Over 200 people showed up, one of the largest groups for any of the cities Knog visited and the largest FBC ride ever. Photos of FBC Spokane share space in the 2010 Knog catalog with Tokyo, Paris, Budapest, and Rio de Janeiro to name a few. You can check them out at http://issuu.com/knog/ docs/knogtextbook2010_issuu. The notice for the final Full Moon Fiasco will be posted at fbcspokane.blogspot.com. I know it’s not about Jeff, but if you go you should thank him
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Over 200 people showed up, one of the largest groups for any of the cities Knog visited and the largest FBC ride. bailed on our planned tour of Christmas lights. Instead we went to the Rocket Market, bought some beer, and took that to the garage that housed Pedals2People at the time. From there we rode to the Park Inn where we had another beer. And from humble beginnings come great things. Word slowly spread through the cycling community. During 2008, attendance rose into the 30’s and 40’s. Jeff worried, needlessly it turned out, that bad weather would deter people. In December 2008, cyclists braved the freezing cold on the second Festivus and rode to the Northern Lights Brewery. There was a bike decorating contest and feats of strength, which included throwing a bike frame. Jeff had prizes donated by bike shops and local businesses. That’s impressive, but
for the 70+ Full Moon Fiascos he put on. Come out, get the final spoke card, go for a bike ride, have a beer, and follow the rule. Can someone start a new F***king Bike Club in Spokane? A few years ago, I read an article about the retirement of a very successful Spokane high school cross country coach. The reporter wrote that he would not want to be the guy who followed the guy because everything he did would be compared against the success of his predecessor. The same principle applies here. The FBC has been done. Do you want to fill the void and create your own success? Go for it. But call it something else, do it your way, and make it your own. I look forward to your first ride. //
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Clockwise from top left: 1) priest lake fun by Josh armstrong// 2)Summer Wading by Jon Jonkers// 3) Lunch time campfire roast by Kari Neff// 4) sweet mornings by jon jonkers// 5) finding afternoon shade at the beach by jon jonkers//
CAMPGROUNDS By Amy Silbernagel McCaffree
Days stretch long for children to immerse themselves in nature. It’s as transformative as it is fun. “Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives,” writes Thomas Berry, in his book The Dream of the Earth. So let trails and trees become your child’s playground; pebbles and pinecones can be their toys. Something magical happens when children are set free in nature. You can make a campground the new happiest place on earth for your kids this summer. When camping with children, there are some special considerations. Travel Time & Location: A seemingly short road trip can morph into one that takes twice as long, especially when traveling with children age five and younger. This can complicate your entire schedule for Day 1, especially meals and recreation. Other important considerations when camping with kids include access to grocery stores and urgent care clinics (in case of emergency) near your final destination. Reservation Options: There is no greater dis12
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appointment than getting to a campground only to learn that all the sites are full. It’s best to choose one that allows you to reserve a campsite online or by phone as many popular campgrounds fill up during the summer, especially on weekends. Bathrooms: Flush toilets vs. vault toilets? Hygiene routines can make or break a camping trip. Warm showers are nice but not always essential. While vault toilets (modern outhouses) can be a bit too big and scary (and sometimes stinky) for young potty-trained children to use, it all depends on where you go. Some trade-offs might be worth the benefit a particular campground provides in terms of recreation and ambience. Safety: Campgrounds aren’t childproof; there are always inherent risks. But, in general, a safer campground is one without easy proximity to extreme danger, like cliffs or a raging river. Recreation Opportunities: Is there a lake for swimming, boating or fishing? Trails for biking, hiking and nature exploring? Creeks with bridges? Maybe even a playground? Pick a campground that offers activities you know your kids enjoy and opportunities you want them to try.
Here is a closer look at six classic Inland Northwest campgrounds that are great for kids. HEYBURN STATE PARK Located 37 miles south of Coeur d’Alene, between the towns of Plummer and St. Maries, Idaho. Created in 1908, Heyburn State Park is the oldest park in the Pacific Northwest. It encompasses over 5,000 acres and includes waterfront on Lake Chatcolet and Benewah Lake—two small lakes located south of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Amenities include a marina and boat launch, docks, restrooms with flush toilets and showers, playground, and the Rocky Point Marina store, which rents canoes, kayaks and paddleboats through Labor Day ($15 for the first hour, $10 for each additional hour, or $40 for the entire day). There is also WiFi at the visitor center. There are actually three campgrounds within the park: Hawley’s Landing is the biggest one, with 10 tent sites and 42 hook-up sites, showers and public dock; Chatcolet has 38 tent sites but no showers; Benewah has 24 tent sites, 15 hookup sites, showers, dock and boat launch, but sites here cannot be reserved. Standard campsites at Heyburn cost $14-16, plus tax. There are also rental cabins and cottages available yearround. Online reservations are available. At all Idaho state park campgrounds, checkin time is 2:00 pm and checkout time is 1:00 pm. When camping at Heyburn, a must-do adventure is the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes—open to walkers, bikers, in-line skates and electric wheelchair users. Get on the trail, which runs through the park, and cross the historic Chatcolet Bridge on the southern end of Lake Coeur d’Alene—kids will love it. On the south side of the bridge is the mouth of the St. Joe River that flows between Chatcolet Lake and Round Lake. Look for Osprey and their nests on the pilings that guide boaters. There is no water available along the trail, so be sure to bring enough along. If you can bike all the way to Harrison— nearly eight miles one way—stop at the popular Creamery & Fudge Factory for ice cream. (July is National Ice Cream Month—indulge!) According to park staff, interpretive programs will be organized by Recreation Unlimited volunteers and occur at the Hawley’s Landing campground. According to Park Manager Ron Hise, “Programs are typically five days per week and vary from kid activities to hikes, skits, games and family campfire presentations on local history and nature.” Info and directions: www.parksandrecreation. idaho.gov/parks/heyburn.
ROUND LAKE STATE PARK Located in Sagle, Idaho—10 miles south of Sandpoint. Popular with locals as a day-use park, Round Lake State Park offers just enough recreation within its 142 acres to create an enjoyable camping trip, especially with very young children. Campsite fees start at $21 a night. There are 35 standard campsites and 16 serviced ones. Flush toilets and no-fee showers are available. At its deepest, the lake is only 37 feet. The
beach, twin docks and unpaved boat launch are the focal point for much of the park’s activities. Anglers will enjoy casting their lines into the 58-acre lake, which is stocked with Rainbow Trout (large mouth bass and other fish species also reside in the lake). People fish from the docks, canoes or other watercraft. Only electric motors are allowed. Kids will enjoy swimming here—the shallow area is a bit muddy, but warm enough. There is no lifeguard on duty and the “beach” is actually hard-packed dirt. There are shaded picnic tables near the beach area, along with a vault toilet. Canoe, pedal boat and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rentals are available. Cost is $7-10 per hour, life jackets included, with half, full and two-day rental options. Hike the kid-friendly 1.8-mile Trapper’s Trail around the lake. Kids will enjoy spotting wildlife and huge Skunk Cabbage leaves, and crossing the bridge over Cocolalla Creek. A general guideline for children is that they can hike one mile per age. (Note: In mid-June, a section of trail on the east side of lake was marshy with no alternative route; be prepared to take off your shoes or get your sandals wet and wade through ankle-deep water and mud—watch for frogs!). Interpretative signs along the trail provide facts about the lake’s history and wildlife. If you want to bike, stay on the Stewardship Trail—a 2.5-mile loop around the lake. Although the park has a nice outdoor amphitheater, no ranger-led interpretative programs are scheduled for this summer. But there is a kid-friendly display in the visitor center, where you can also find firewood and fishing worms for sale.
ready to paddle // photo: kari neff
Info and directions: www.parksandrecreation. idaho.gov/parks/round-lake
FARRAGUT STATE PARK
BEAVER CREEK CAMPGROUND
Located in Athol, Idaho—20 miles north of Coeur d’Alene.
Located near Nordman, Idaho, off Highway 57—about 90 miles northwest of Spokane.
With playgrounds, three 18-hole disc golf courses, the Museum at the Brig, a swimming beach, docks and boat launches for Lake Pend Oreille, and more than 40 miles of trails for hiking and biking, kids can try something new every day while camping at Farragut State Park. This 4,000-acre park, converted from a World War II naval training station, has four campgrounds—fees start at $23 per night. Whitetail is the primary one for “standard” tent campsites. Altogether, there are 223 individual campsites, 7 group sites and 10 camping cabins. Online reservations are available. Both flush toilets and showers are available. Older kids on bikes will enjoy exploring this massive park. Beaver Bay Beach is where families can swim, although Lake Pend Oreille is not known for sandy beaches. But it does have the “best stone-skipping beaches,” according to Jon Jonckers, father of two and Out There senior writer. There is also a scavenger hunt for kids based out of the museum. Junior Ranger activities and other summer interpretative programming will depend on campground hosts being available as volunteer leaders, according to Farragut State Park Manager Randall Butt. Despite all there is to enjoy at Farragut, Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park are only a short drive away (off Highway 95 south), should your family desire some non-campground thrills. Info and directions: www.parksandrecreation. idaho.gov/parks/farragut.
Without the noise and distractions found at larger, more populated campgrounds, Beaver Creek Campground offers a quiet, rustic experience for families. Located in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest on the northwest shore of Priest Lake, this U.S. Forest Service campground is known for being well maintained with clean vault toilet “bathrooms” (no sinks, just a toilet). There are no showers here, but “it’s not that big of a deal because you’re swimming,” says Jon Jonckers, who often camps here with his two children. Campground hosts help operations run smoothly among the 42 campsites and their guests. Access to two kid-friendly hiking trails— the northbound Navigation Trail and the southbound Lakeshore Trail—as well as a swimming beach, the creek and Thoroughfare to Upper Priest Lake provide recreation and exploration options. Because of its northern location, speedboat traffic noise on the 25,000-acre lake is minimal at this campground. Yet, the “town” of Nordman (restaurant/store/bar) isn’t too far away. Reservations are essential for securing a campsite during the summer; fees start at $18. Call 1-877-444-6777 (National Recreation Reservation Service), or reserve online at www.recreation.gov. If Beaver Creek has no vacancies, another good bet for families is INDIAN CREEK
CAMPGROUND, located on the east-central side of Priest Lake. It’s one of the three campground units that comprise Priest Lake State Park (more info: www.parksandrecreation. idaho.gov/parks/priest-lake). “It’s super family-friendly, but it seems more like ‘church camp’ than car camping because there are basketball courts, paved boat launches, a little store, amphitheater and stage,” says Jonckers. There is even Wifi access. As a large and popular campground, it tends to be noisy, so you’re not likely to see wildlife here, according to Jonckers. But the campground has flush toilets and showers. And it’s close to logging roads and trails where you can search for the renowned Priest Lake huckleberries. Recreation Unlimited volunteers will provide interpretative programs at Indian Creek throughout the summer. Info and directions: www.fs.usda.gov (search for Beaver Creek).
KAMIAK BUTTE COUNTY PARK Located 70 miles south of Spokane—12.5 miles east of Colfax, WA, between the towns of Palouse and Pullman, off Highway 272 (Palouse Hwy). Not as well known by those living outside Whitman County, Kamiak Butte County Park is “probably one of the best maintained, beloved campgrounds,” says Jon Jonckers. Situated under Ponderosa pine trees atop the ...continued on pg.16 July 2013
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(Ongoing) Vertical Introduction. When: Tuesdays
(Sept 14-15, 2013) Bike MS: Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes. 10:00am. Where:Trail of the Coeur
and Thursdays 6 – 8, Saturdays 4 – 6 PM. Where: Wild Walls 202 W. 2nd Ave. In this class you will learn the fundamentals to climb indoors: fitting the harness, knot tying, and proper belay technique. This class (or previous experience and passing our belay test) is a prerequisite for top roping in our facility. Ages 12+, $35. Info: 509-455-9596.
(Ongoing) Introduction to Lead Climbing. When: Last two Tuesdays of the Month 4 -6 PM. Where: Wild Walls 202 W. 2nd Ave. For climbers looking to further their climbing ability and increase the options available to them, our lead climbing class will prepare you for the world of sport climbing! With an emphasis on safety, you will learn proper technique for both lead belaying and lead climbing, as well as helpful strategies for efficient sport climbing. Experience required, $75. Info: 509-455-9596
(Ongoing Mondays & Wednesdays) Spider Monkeys Climbing Club. When: 5 – 7 PM. Where: Wild Walls, 202 W. 2nd Ave. For kids ages 4 – 10 years. Please call ahead. Come climb and meet new friends! Info: 509-4559596.
d’Alenes, ID. Ride the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes on Sept. 14th and 15th and raise money for the Inland Northwest Chapter of the National MS Society. Two route options- 1 Day (Saturday Only): 84 miles; 2 Day: 150 miles. Fully supported ride with reststops every 12-1 INFO: 509-482-2022, www.bikeMS.org
(Ongoing) WOW Cycling Spokane. WOW is excited that Spring is here! Check our FaceBook page for upcoming rides and activities! Tailwinds to you! Info: 509-951-6366, wowcycling.com
(Ongoing) Belles and Baskets. Whatever style your cycle, join other Spokane women for nodrop rides, treats, and friendship. Info: 509-9514090, facebook.com/bellesandbaskets.
(Ongoing) BOMB Mountain Bike Rides. When: Varies. Where: Spokane Area. Spokane BOMB (Believers On Mountain Bikes) is a non-denominational Christian group leading rides in the Spokane area April-October. Everyone welcome, helmets required. Info: www.spokanebomb.com
(April - August) Baddlands Cooper Jones Twilight Series Races. When: Tuesday evenings at 6 PM.
SIXMONTHTRAININGCALENDAR BIKING (September 14) Ovando Gran Fondo. When: 8 am.
Where: Ovando, Montana. An epic off-road ride for the Missoula Symphony. This fully supported 57-mile mountain bike ride goes through some of Western Montana’s most scenic landscapes including numerous miles through private land not otherwise open to the public. Info: 406-721-3194
(August 3) 8 Lakes Leg Aches Bike Ride. When:
7am. Where: Group Health Corp Office - 5615 W Sunset Hwy. Routes: 15, 30, 45 & 75-MILE. 6 Rest/ Food Stops. Great SAG Support. Info: www.lcsnw. org/8lakesride, firstname.lastname@example.org
(August 10-16) Sunny’s Pedal. When: All Day.
Where: Spokane, WA - Sun Valley, ID. Cyclists will spend 7 days riding about 580 miles from Spokane, WA to Sun Valley, ID to raise funds and awareness for organ donation. Info: 503-380-9800, www.facebook.com/sunnyspedal
(October-November) Inland NW Cyclocross Series.
When: 9:00 am. Where: Varies across the Inland Northwest. Annual Series in the INW, spectator friendly events located in area parks on short closed courses and is the steeplechase of bike racing featuring several categories. Info: www. emdesprots.com
RUNNING (Aug 4) Chewelah Peak Trail Run. When: 10am
July 13 Let’s Climb A Mountain
July 20 Tiger Triathalon
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221 N. Wall St. 509.624.7654
Where: 49 degrees North.10M and 3.5M trail races. All race distances will start at the Calispell Creek Lodge and will course through the Colville National Forest. Info: cptrailrun.com
(August 16-17) Spokane to Sandpoint Relay. When:
All Day. Where: Spokane, WA to Sandpoint, ID. 200 mile overnight running relay from atop Mt. Spokane, down 50 miles of Centennial Trail and finishing on the beach in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho. Info: email@example.com, www.spokanetosandpoint.com
(August 16-17) Spokane to Sandpoint Run/Walk Relay Race. When: start 7:00 a.m. Aug. 16. Where:
start Top of Mt Spokane Fun overnight run/walk relay with teams. Info: 541-350-4635, www.spokanetosandpoint.com
(August 31) Seven Bays “The Seven K at Seven Bays” 7K. Run at 8:00am. Info: http://www.visitlincolncountywashington.com/
(September 14) Spokane Heart Walk. When: 9:00am festivities begin, 10:00am Run Kickoff. Where: Riverfront Park. Form a team and register to walk or run in the 2013 Heart & Stroke Walk and 5K Run. Info:SpokaneHeartWalk.org. Info: 509-536-1500, www.SpokaneHeartWalk.org
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5K and 10K. Run at 8:30. Info: http://www.visitlincolncountywashington.com/
(September 21)River Run Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K, Wenatchee, Wash. Info: http://www.runwenatchee.com/
(September 28) Stomp Out Abuse 5k Run/Walk.
When: 9:00am. Where: Riverfront Park. Come support a great cause! The $35 registration fee will provide 15 weeks of free services for a victim of domestic abuse. Info: https://www.signmeup.com/ site/online-event-registration/93098
(Sept 28) Almira Country Fair “ACFun Run” 5K.
Run at 8:30. Info: http://www.visitlincolncountywashington.com/
(October 12) THE 9’ER (CMRS 2013). When: 9am. Where: Coeur d’Alene, ID. 2nd annual CMRS. The 9’er is a challenging and beautiful nine mile trail run on Canfield Mountain. All dirt course. Info: www.ironcoreracing.com // (October 12) Battle Back for Mac Attack; Steptoe Kicked My Butte. 9:00 am. Where:
Steptoe Butte State Park. This is a fun run a student is putting on for a Senior Project. All proceeds are going to the Hydrocephalus Foundation. Info: 208-699-9998 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Extended July Calendar can be found at outtheremonthly.com. (November 9) CMRS 25K/50K/50Miler. When:
TBD. Where: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. CMRS adds the 25K/50K/50Miler to the trail running series. All dirt course on beautiful Canfield Mountain. Info: www.ironcoreracing.com
(November 28) Turkey on the Run, Wenatchee, Wash. Info: http://www.runwenatchee.com/
MARATHONS (September 7) Lake Chelan Marathon, HalfMarathon, 10K. Info: http://lakechelanmarathon. com/
TRIATHALON / MULTI-SPORT (August 8) West Plains WunderWoman Triathlon.
When: 7:30. Where Waterfront Park, Medical Lake. Women’s Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons starting and finishing in beautiful Medical Lake, with country roads for the bike.Info: marla@ emdesports.com
(September 1) Annual Steve Braun Memorial Triathlon. At the Cascade Lake Picnic Area Moran
State Park on Orcas Island.½ mile swim in beautiful Cascade Lake 15 mile bike ride along a scenic rural road 3.5 mile trail run around Cascade Lake.
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OutdoorCalendar (May through August) The Inland Road Race Series. When: 11 a.m. Where: Inland Northwest. Info: 509.270.8347, http://www.spokanerocketvelo.com/races/inland-road-race-series-generalinfo
HIKING/WALKING (On-Going) Wed & Sun Hobnailer Hikes. When:
Varies. Where: Varies. Join Hobnailer hiking club for weekly 6-8 mile hikes in the Spokane area. Call 456-0250 for schedule or more information. Info: email@example.com
PADDLING (July 18 & 25, August 1 &8) Aloha Race Series, Stand up paddle board event. 6:30 pm. Where:
Nine Mile. Obstacle course race events, do all four, get a t-shirt. Info: 509-325-9000, mountaingear. com/retail.
(July 4, 2013) Pangaea Clark Fork River Whitewater 4th of July Special. 10:30 AM. Where: Clark Fork River. $69 for a Clark Fork River Whitewater Rafting Trip with lunch and a post trip happy hour! Info:http://montanariverrafting.com/4th-of-july/ or calling (877) 239-2392. Promo code: 4thJULY.
(July 21, 2013) Pangaea Clark Fork River Moonlight Float. 9:30 PM. Where: Clark Fork River. Pangaea created a special night of music, food, wine and moon-light on the Clark Fork River. Reservations at http://www.leaveboringbehind.com/moonlightfloat.html or call (877) 2392392. Contact Phone 877-239-2392.
(August 18, 2013) Pangaea Clark Fork River Moonlight Float. 9:00 PM. Where: Clark Fork
RUNNING (Ongoing) Fat Ass Trail Runs. When: Varies. Where: Washington/Idaho. We meet 1-2 times per month for a trail run. FAT ASS is the name given to a series of low key runs that are frequented by experienced runners & walkers and characterized by the phrase “No Fees, No Awards, No Aid, No Wimps”. Info: 208-4572726, facebook.com/TrailManiacs (July 13) Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County Jordan Johnson IN COLOR Memorial Fun Run. 10:30 AM. Where: Seltice Way & Frederick Street, Post Falls. As you run or walk this course, you’ll be showered with the coolest color blast ever! 5K Run/Walk - Kids’ 1 miler. All ages can do this one!!Goodie Bags, refreshments, T-shirts. Info: 208-457-9089, www.northidahobgc.org.
(Aug 24) 5K/10K trail run. 9am. Where: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 2nd annual CMRS 5K/10K trail run on Canfield Mountain. Single track, some
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(Oct 12) THE 9’ER. 9am. Where: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 2nd annual CMRS. The 9’er is a challenging and beautiful nine-mile trail run on Canfield Mountain. All dirt course. Info: www.ironcoreracing.com.
YOGA (July 1 - Aug 2) Iyengar Yoga for Beginners. Mon 9:30am, Tues/Thurs at 6pm. Where: Sunflower
Yoga. Iyengar Yoga is widely recognized for its therapeutic benefits for all levels, inventive use of props and clear instruction. Gentle and intermediate classes also offered. Info:509-535-7369, www. sunfloweryoga.net.
SUSTAINABILITY (July 13) Eco-Feed Environmentally Friendly Fertilizer. Saturday, 11:00 to 1:00. This free class promotes sustainability through the formulation of a unique growth enhancing characteristics of Bio Char. Info: 509.368.9378, www.sunpeopledrygoods.com
(August 17) DIY Skin Care with Monique Kovalenko. Saturday from 11:00
to 1:00. Where: Sun People Dry Goods. In this workshop we’ll talk about extremely simple skin care routines for healthy skin, ingredients you already have at home that you can use and those you should avoid. You’ll head home with recipes, new knowledge, and also some deodorant and face toner we’ll make in class. Cost: $20 Info: 509.368.9378, www.sunpeopledrygoods.com.
Featuring a Silent Auction and Raffle that showcases local artists, Gift Certificates and Gift Baskets from many of your favorite local businesses. Plus Local Cuisine, Beverages, and Live Entertainment. Friday August 2rd, Doors Open at 5:30PM In the Community Building 35 W. Main Ave, Downtown Spokane
Admission is Free! ‘Up on the Roof’ is a fundraiser for the school supplies that will be given away at Unity in the Community on August 17th
(August 31) Preserving the Harvest.
Saturday 11:00 to 1:00. Where: Sun People Dry Goods. Come learn how to can your first batch of summer’s harvest and preserve it without additional energy for winter use. There is nothing like a can of home-grown dilly beans or canned tomatoes when the snow is flying outside! Cost: $12. Info: 509.368.9378, www.sunpeopledrygoods.com
MUSIC/EVENTS (July 6) Joseph Mountain Music Festival. Where: Joseph, Oregon. Joseph
Mountain Music Festival in beautiful downtown Joseph, Oregon will showcase mostly stringed and mountain music. Nestled in between the Wallowa Fiddle Camp and Wallowa Lake Dulcimer Camp, instructors from both will join us just for starters bringing national acclaimed musicians, Including: The Bad Penny Makers, Big Red Barn, Aaron O’Rourke, Jimmy Bivens, and many more.
(August 21) Juniper Jam. Saturday, Labor
Day Weekend, August 31, 2013. Where: Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise, Oregon. The sweetest little music festival in Eastern Oregon!. This fun-filled day of music starts at noon and continues non-stop all day until about 10:00 PM. Festival-goers will enjoy many styles of music including folk, country, Americana and blues, as well as great food and drink, plus children’s activities. Tickets for the event are $15, kids six and under are free. Info: 541-426-3390, juniperjam.com.
‘Coloring Our World’ The Region’s Largest Multicultural Celebration This years highlights include: ● Free K-8th School Supplies (While supplies last)
● Live Entertainment on 2 Stages
● Cultural Village ● Education, Career & Health Fairs ● Art Displays ● Activities for Toddlers to Teens 10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17th, 2013 Riverfront Park, Downtown Spokane For more information on either event contact Traci Logan 209-2625 or firstname.lastname@example.org
River Pangaea created a special night of music, food, wine and moon light on the Clark Fork River. Info: http://www.leaveboringbehind.com/ moonlightfloat.html or call (877) 239-2392, www.montanariverrafting.com
wide trail. All natural course. All natural beauty. Love the challenge. Be inspired. Info: www.ironcoreracing.com
Where: Cheney, Spokane, Rathdrum, Liberty Lake, Steptoe Butte. USAC Sanctioned bicycle racing. Info: 509-456-0432, baddlands.org.
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only butte in the area, the 298-acre park is modest and simple yet with beautiful scenery. Kids can explore nature and observe wildlife throughout the park. In addition to a playground, children will enjoy hiking the Pine Ridge Trail—a three-mile loop with a half-mile summit spur trail.
according to Gobel. The only exception, she says, is during certain special events at nearby Washington State University, like when students return for fall semester (mid-August). A park ranger lives on-site. While the park is susceptible to closure during the height of summer fire season, it has remained open the past three years, says Gobel. To ensure the park is open before you visit, call (509) 397-6238 or check for an announcement on the Whitman County Parks & Recreation department website or Facebook page. Info and directions: www.whitmancounty.org.
WALLOWA LAKE STATE PARK
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“If you want a nice, quiet, secluded camping experience, it’s a great park for that,” says Janel Gobel, program representative for Whitman County Parks and Recreation. The shaded campground has potable water and bathrooms—vault toilets are located closest to the campground and flush toilets (open seasonally, usually mid-May until mid-October) are near the day use area. Cost is $15 per night, and although there are only seven campsites with first-come, first-serve availability, you’re likely to find a site. Because it’s a locked and gated park that opens at 7:00 am and closes at dusk, it is not too busy of a campground,
Located in northeast Oregon, near the town of Joseph; 12 miles south of Enterprise, Oregon (5-hour drive from Spokane).
enjoy a three-state alpine wilderness view and hike to alpine lakes and basins. While day hike options might be too rugged for small children, there are other activities within the campground or near its vicinity, including horseback riding and miniature golf. The town of Joseph is renowned for its street art. You can also visit the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and many miles of rugged hiking trails in Hells Canyon. Camping fees start at $20 per night for a tent site, of which there are 89 available, along with 120 full-hookup sites. Two yurts are available to rent— $38 per night (summer rate); each one sleeps five people, and you must bring your own bedding, camping supplies and equipment. Reservations can be made online or by phone. Restrooms with showers increase the camping comfort level, and laundry facilities are available, which can be helpful when you want to stay for a week or more and pack light. Info and directions: www.oregonstateparks.org, or call 1-800-551-6949. //
Nestled at the south end of its namesake glacial lake, Wallowa Lake State Park has so much to offer, campers liken it to a resort. A playground, amphitheater, marina, swimming beach, off-leash pet area, and hiking and mountain biking trails ensure a diversity of recreation. The 3.7-mile long lake is known for its clean, clear water, and nighttime stargazing is spectacular in this remote corner of Oregon. Wallowa Lake is stocked with trout and Kokanee, with anglers boasting record-setting catches. August 24th is the park’s annual Kokanee Festival. Within the park, wildlife sightings are common. “The deer are friendly and come right through the campground, even licking your cars—they’re a bit of a nuisance,” says Jon Jonckers. Along with its many amenities, the park is adjacent to the Eagle Cap Wilderness and its beautiful backcountry trails, popular with hikers and horseback riders. Less than a mile outside the state park is the terminal for the Wallowa Lake Tramway (wallowalaketramway. com), a four-person gondola that climbs 3,700 feet in 15 minutes—the steepest ascent in the U.S.—to the summit of Mount Howard (8,256 feet elevation). Single day tram rates are $19$28 per person, depending on age; children age three and younger ride free. From this peak in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, you can
Wherever you camp this summer, heed the words of Michael Lanza, a father of two and northwest editor for Backpacker magazine (from “10 Tips For Raising OutdoorsLoving Kids,” www.thebigoutside.com): “Create experiences that make [your children] eager to go out again the next time.”
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It’s Good, It’s Bad, It’s Worth It / By Sara Hauge For me, running was once a very selfish thing. Of course, I didn’t think of it that way. Running was good for my health and good for my mind, and I loved it. It cleared mental cobwebs and made me feel great, and I spent hours doing it every week. But it was selfish because it was time that I, and I alone, wholly controlled. I’d mean to leave at 7:30am and instead head out my front door at 9:00. I chose my routes on a whim, planning to go out for 45 minutes and then disappearing for over an hour, adding an extra loop that looked interesting, getting a little lost. What did it matter, really? It was about three months ago, as I jogged home from a very truncated run through my neighborhood, the stroller in one hand and the dog’s leash in the other as I belted out “Do-Re-Mi” for the zillionth time, that I realized just how much things had changed. I’ve been a runner for many years, and I kept up with it during pregnancy with my daughter, Jane, who is almost two. Once Jane was past the seemingly breakable newborn stage, she became my regular running partner. I get out on my own, too—my husband is happy to have me go out alone on the days our schedules sync up. But I work from home part-time and am usually with Jane, so for the most part, what I do, she does.
When I had her with me, running became secondary to her well being. I might—maybe—manage to keep a good pace for a decent distance, but my thoughts were certainly not free to wander. As she’s gotten older, this has only become truer. It’s partly her age, partly her personality, but when we run, we talk. I am a quiet person. Jane is not. “I’ve never seen someone so small talk so much,” a friend with two small children of his own said the other day. She’s an outward processor, asking the name of every flower, every truck, and every stranger who says hello as we pass. “The orange ones called poppies!” she’ll exclaim as I push her up a hill past a garden. “Mmmhmm,” I’ll huff. She thinks about this. “I might see another poppy, Mama? Want see another poppy!” “Maybe in a little bit, Jane!” I’ll gasp. More thinking. “The purple ones called irises! Want see more irises!” And on it goes. Jane requests that I sing songs, and then more songs. She reads books, and when she wants a new one (sometimes expressed by artfully throwing the current book under the stroller wheel, a dangerous but effective maneuver), we stop so I can grab another. She’ll point at words and ask repeatedly what they say, until I give in and run squinting
downward, attempting to read over her shoulder as the book bobs beneath me. I’ve altered nearly all of my routes to accommodate my passenger, avoiding the bumpiest sidewalks and most imposing hills, which seemed manageable until I faced them with the stroller
sara & jane out for a run // photo: knowles
ahead of me. I watch the clock—no more spontaneous detours. I stop when Jane requests new bags of bunny crackers, to give her sips of my water, to fix her hat or her blanket or her stroller hood. My runs now are often shrunken and inter-
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rupted. Some days I don’t mind this at all—I like my daughter a lot. But some days, it’s really, really annoying. Sometimes the only reason I go through the effort of running with a toddler is to feel a little bit of accomplishment and to stay in decent shape for the running I do on my own. But Jane loves this stuff. She complains sometimes, not wanting to get in the stroller no matter how hard I try to entice her. Mostly, though, she’s into it. When I do my pre-run stretches, she flops beside me, trying to manipulate her chubby limbs into the same positions as she gets ready to go. One winter day, I was headed outside with the stroller and the dog and about 50 blankets and books when a neighbor stopped me. “Your daughter is so lucky!” she said. She thinks it’s great that Jane is anything but cooped up indoors. And I suppose that is lucky. But honestly, I don’t really do it for her—I do it because I love to run. So often we parents do things primarily for the benefit of our kids. We do our best Julie Andrews, and trade 10 minutes of running for 10 minutes at the park. There’s a lot of good in that. But we also need to look at our own lives and do things for our own benefit. We need to be a little bit selfish. More than anything, I run with Jane because running is part of who I am, and she likes it because she can see that I do. We’re expecting another baby girl in September. Before long going for runs will mean coordinating two nap schedules, pushing a double stroller, stopping twice as often to distribute twice the snacks and answer twice the questions. I’ll probably be more than twice as annoyed at the complete hassle many days. But running has been very good for me, and for that reason I’m committed to keeping it up. And that, the commitment to a thing I love, is something my girls would be lucky to know. //
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