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April 2018

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April 2018

Back country adventures in a Jeep • Jeeping the WABDR • The joys of mountain biking • Walking the El Camino De Santiago • Fun places to go from Cary Ordway • Motorcycle accident changed her life — for the … Continue reading

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A hero met… and met again: Even President Ike thought Mira Slovak a hero in those crisp, clean days of yesteryear

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A hero met… and met again: Even President Ike thought Mira Slovak a hero in those crisp, clean days of yesteryear

Editor’s note: This story was published in the March 2011 issue of The Good Life. It is being reposted as there is a new book out about the life of the incredible Mira Slovak. By Steve Wellman As a young … Continue reading

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A great time to take a fresh walk at the ancient lakes

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A great time to take a fresh walk at the ancient lakes

By Tim McCord  Mid-March through April is one of the best times to hike around the Ancient Lakes area near Quincy. The lakes are full, the waterfalls are flowing, the buttercups are out, and you don’t need to worry too … Continue reading

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Jeep Adventurers: Oh, the places they can go

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Jeep Adventurers: Oh, the places they can go

By Jaana Hatton Once again I fell off the high horse of prejudice. I welcome such tumbles: they break the barriers of my preconceived ideas. This time my enlightenment came from two enthusiastic Jeep travelers. My notion of people with … Continue reading

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Jeeping the WABDR: Clear memories on dusty roads

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Jeeping the WABDR: Clear memories on dusty roads

By Guy Miner The WABDR, or Washington Backcountry Discovery Route, is a roughly 600-mile journey — mostly on remote, dirt roads — running from the Bridge of the Gods over the Columbia, to the Canadian border crossing at Nighthawk. These … Continue reading

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Hooked on mountain biking

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Hooked on mountain biking

By Molly Steere I barrel down the trail, pedaling frantically between obstacles, holding my breath over drops, avoiding jagged rocks that look like teeth ready to tear up my legs, and desperately hoping I make the corner this time. I’m … Continue reading

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Walking 500 miles on the El Camino

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Walking 500 miles on the El Camino

By Susan Lagsdin Last year — from Aug. 21 to Sept. 26 — Wenatchee friends Bonnie Fortner and Debbie Gurnard took a really long walk. Since 812 A.D., hardy Catholics on a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James in … Continue reading

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Motorcycle accident leads to a purpose-driven life

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Motorcycle accident leads to a purpose-driven life

By Jeanne McElvaney Crystal Dierick had no idea a motorcycle ride on a warm December afternoon would bring such change to her life. Riding home after her daughter’s high school play, she heard her husband yell: “Hang on tight!” A … Continue reading

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Two guys with a tiny (house) dream

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Two guys with a  tiny (house) dream

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Mike Cassidy Tiny houses, like miniscule shops and pocket parks, little dogs and little children, are definitely cute. At their best, they are also energy-efficient, easily moveable, relatively spacious, durable, attractive and affordable. East … Continue reading

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United in love & music

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United in love & music

By Susan Lagsdin She came from classically-trained musical parents who, from her first piano lesson at age five, craved the concert stage for her; to help out a combo that needed him, he spontaneously decided to buy a first string … Continue reading

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Life is a Cycle bike event cycles back

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Life is a Cycle, the group bike ride for beginner bike commuting, returns to Wenatchee for a second year on Saturday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. Life is a Cycle gives beginners the chance to experience bike commuting in a … Continue reading

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Pet tales for April 2018

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Pet tales for April 2018

Eli Sykes was running in Riverfront Park with Pilot on a sunny late morning. Why Pilot for a name? “Because that was the name for the Brontë sisters’ dog,” said, Eli, of Wenatchee. (For those who have temporarily forgotten, Charlotte … Continue reading

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Beer cartoon

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Beer cartoon

Cartoon by Dan McConnell

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What to do in Wenatchee April 2018

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NCW BLUES JAM, every second and fourth Monday. 7 – 10 p.m.  Riverside Pub. Wenatchee Paddle Club, every Tuesday, 9 a.m. open paddle, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 a.m. masters crew rowing, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. novice kayak paddle group, Saturdays, 7 … Continue reading

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Round and round the circles we go…

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Round and round the circles we go…

By G. Wayne Hawks You used to hear that the early pioneers had to circle their wagons. Today, it seems, the Department of Transportation is circling the roads. I remember when I was a kid I rode a merry go-round … Continue reading

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Mike Horan: rifle-toting Vigilante, family man, community booster: The man who would be the ‘Apple King’

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Mike Horan: rifle-toting Vigilante, family man, community booster: The man who would be the ‘Apple King’

By Rod Molzahn On a dusty Wenatchee street, Mike Horan, rifle in hand, stood defiantly at the head of a vigilante group of Wenatchee men also armed with guns and clubs. In late 1892 the Great Northern Railroad reached Wenatchee. … Continue reading

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Blood pressure guide: 130 is the new 140

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Blood pressure guide: 130 is the new 140

By Jim Brown, M.D. In recent months the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new guidelines on hypertension (high blood pressure). These new guidelines are the product of three years of thorough review by a panel … Continue reading

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Don’t let brain trick you into being blue

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Don’t let brain trick you into being blue

By June Darling A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. — William Blake One way of thinking about life is that we all are carrying a load in a metaphorical sense. We have problems, projects, … Continue reading

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Growing artichokes tough, eating is tasty

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Growing artichokes tough, eating is tasty

By Bonnie Orr In NCW, Artichokes are grown in containers, mostly for their foliage and, with luck, perhaps a few purple flowers. This plant thrives in cooler summers. Maximum temperatures for happy artichokes are in the 80s with much higher … Continue reading

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Western Meadowlark: Beautiful and nice singer, too

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Western Meadowlark: Beautiful and nice singer, too

By Bruce McCammon Spring brings increased numbers of Western Meadowlarks to our sage-steppe foothills and plateaus. These birds are about the size of a robin and have a bright yellow breast with a black V neck line. Their sides are … Continue reading

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Into the wilds by dirt roads

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Into the wilds by dirt roads

By Mike Cassidy People are always up to something. That’s our unofficial motto here at The Good Life, and we’re glad they are because their happenings creates stories for us. However, not all “somethings” make stories. For example, when Jaana … Continue reading

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March 2018

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March 2018

Visiting the “Galapagos of the North” — a sailing adventure • On top of Mount Aconcagua • Teacher quit kids to teach dogs • Starting from scratch in a new country • Up from the ashes, a new house in … Continue reading

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That’s my Dad story telling contest!

By on March 17, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
That’s my Dad story telling contest!

CONTEST • CONTEST • CONTEST Write us a brief story — 200 to 500 words or so — telling us of a favorite moment with your Dad. Send along a digital photo, too. We’ll choose one of the writers for … Continue reading

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Spotted in the backyard garden

By on March 1, 2018 in Articles with 0 Comments
Spotted in the backyard garden

By Heidi Swoboda One of the benefits of living in Leavenworth is that we often come face to face with the local wildlife. While my garden doesn’t appreciate their visits, our family has enjoyed catching glimpses of the playful fawns … Continue reading

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Visiting the ‘Galapagos of the North’ – a sailing adventure

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Visiting the ‘Galapagos of the North’ – a sailing adventure

By Sharon Podlich After 35 years of growing apples and raising a family in Orondo, Chuck and I retired last year and purchased Top Cider, a 44-foot Kelly Peterson sailboat. We spent several winter months sailing, exploring and living “on … Continue reading

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Starting from scratch in a new country

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Starting from scratch  in a new country

By Kathy (González) Hirschel Living in a country far from my home land (Peru) has not been easy. Despite having lived almost 10 years in the state of Washington I still miss my country, it seems to call me to … Continue reading

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CHILLY TOES ON CLIMB OF 22,841-foot Mount Aconcagua BUT WARM FAMILY SUPPORT AT HOME

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CHILLY TOES ON CLIMB OF 22,841-foot Mount Aconcagua BUT WARM FAMILY SUPPORT AT HOME

                            By Marlene Farrell Just after Christmas Nick Runions kissed his family goodbye. He was embarking on a trip to climb Aconcagua, the highest peak in the … Continue reading

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She made the switch from teaching humans to teaching canines, and now she’s dog gone glad

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She made the switch from teaching humans to teaching canines, and now she’s dog gone glad

By Susan Lagsdin Jennifer Frese is excited about the near future, when she’ll have a chance to indulge her love of dogs in her own newly-constructed training facility, right next to her home. Ever since she quit her elementary school … Continue reading

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Pet Tales – March

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Pet Tales – March

Marsha Anderson of Wenatchee was out with her dog, Sandy. Sandy is a pure Golden Retiever that Marsha got from a breeder in Moses Lake. “Sandy has a very sweet disposition and she is very friendly. She loves coming to … Continue reading

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Up from the ashes, with a twist

By on March 1, 2018 in Featured Homes with 0 Comments
Up from the ashes, with a twist

Story by Susan Lagsdin Photos by Donna Cassidy The occasion was not so much solemn as it was respectful. Mike and Donna Cassidy, owners of The Good Life, both with cameras in hand, took their first official walkabout in the … Continue reading

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