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Ross Lake: Rugged, isolated, beautiful, and most of all, ignored by tourists

By on April 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Ross Lake:  Rugged, isolated, beautiful, and most of all,  ignored by tourists

Story and Photos  By WILMER PEREZ  “Cougar Island? Where is that?” asked Fernando, on the phone from Vancouver, British Columbia. “It is in Ross Lake,” I answered from Wenatchee, Washington. “We’ll meet you at Colonial Creek Campground, which is in … Continue reading

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Playing in the dirt — Again

By on April 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Playing in the dirt — Again

By Molly Steere A few years ago, I unofficially quit dirt biking.  Quit is probably too strong of a word as, at most, I only rode a few times a year. My abilities remained so underwhelming that my son handily … Continue reading

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Walking Peshastin Pinnacles

By on April 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Walking Peshastin Pinnacles

By Diana Rigelman When Spring finds Wenatchee, I’m lured out of the house to find secrets of the Wenatchee Valley.  Most everything is a secret to me because I haven’t lived here very long. Trails, restaurants, art, music — where … Continue reading

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Sky king: Drone photography opens up vistas not available to earthbound cameras

By on March 31, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Sky  king: Drone photography opens up vistas not available to earthbound cameras

Story and photos  By Ron Medeiros I have always been interested in photography but had never taken the time to take pictures or even learn anything about it.  Then, two years ago, I met up with a few friends who … Continue reading

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The lady who seizes the day

By on March 31, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The lady who seizes the day

By Jaana Hatton Gloria Coburn came along for a snowshoe hike on Mission Ridge with Carolyn Dowell and me in late January.  It was a cold day with a few cautionary snowflakes in the air, and the gray skies were … Continue reading

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National champs! Well, sort of. At least, that’s the spin for these local tennis players

By on March 31, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
National champs! Well, sort of. At least, that’s the spin for these local tennis players

Story and photos by Susan Weber I’m guessing here but I’d say if you are reading this it is because you like to hear about local life, and people you may know or want to know.  You like to hear … Continue reading

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A Friday Andy’s not working… and maybe you shouldn’t, either

By on February 26, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
A Friday Andy’s not working… and maybe you shouldn’t, either

story and photos  By Andy Dappen “I’m taking the day off because of you,” Mike Rolfs told me when WenatcheeOutdoors.org announced that all residents of our fair valley should not work but play outdoors in nature on the Friday closest … Continue reading

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Snow life

By on January 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Snow life

By Joe Anderson The Clara Lake and Marion Lake areas next to Mission Ridge Ski Area offer breathtaking views of the snowy wilderness.  This view was captured in the early morning directly after a heavy snowfall before the creek froze … Continue reading

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Let’s snowshoe

By on January 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Let’s  snowshoe

By Joe Anderson The new year has arrived, and I am sure resolutions have been made to lose weight, get more exercise and to dust off the snow shoes in the garage or to use the new ones Santa left.  … Continue reading

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The story of echo ridge is one of passion, cooperation and the splendor of mother nature

By on January 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The story of echo ridge is one of passion, cooperation and the splendor of mother nature

By Lief Carlsen In the winter of 1988, forestry technician Ken Dull considered himself a lucky man. After 10 years of scraping by on seasonal work for the U.S. Forest Service, he was now a full-time employee with the impressive … Continue reading

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White Pass on the cheap

By on January 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
White Pass on the cheap

by Andy Dappen Most journalists are not well paid. I, for example, benefit from rummaging through trash bins looking for aluminum cans whose shiny metals can double my earnings. My skinny wallet existence means vacations are a challenge. A typical … Continue reading

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It’s just so fun to run as fast as I can, every part of me working together

By on December 24, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
It’s just so fun to run as fast as I can, every part of me working together

By Marlene Farrell Some people would rather sleep in on a dark November Sunday than drive for a couple hours just to run six kilometers in a public park. For my friend, Eric Wulfman, and me, it was just one of … Continue reading

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UPDATE FROM XC NATIONALS: Toes on the line, bang! and we’re off

By on December 24, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments

By Marlene Farrell The national championships, Dec. 8 in Spokane. The cold air was bracing. The sun, which set the course aglow and cast beautiful elongated runner shadows during yesterday’s preview, was nowhere to be seen today. I can plan … Continue reading

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Bighorn Sheep face off near Entiat

By on November 27, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Bighorn Sheep face off near Entiat

By Tim McCord Since I ride the Link bus system from Entiat to Wenatchee to work, I get to gaze out the window the whole way and usually spot a few herds of these beautiful creatures every day. The Bighorn … Continue reading

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Stevens Pass & The Hitchhiker

By on November 27, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Stevens Pass & The Hitchhiker

By Andy Dappen “Going to the Pass?” Snow sticks to the hitchhiker’s pile hat as he sticks his dripping beard through the car window. I want to tell him I didn’t pull over to pick him up; I pulled over … Continue reading

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Autumn patchwork quilt of beauty

By on October 29, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 2 Comments
Autumn patchwork quilt of beauty

By Brad Brisbine The last Saturday in September, hiking partners Len Lamb, Josh Osburn, Larry and Jolene Campbell and I were on our way to an obscure, unnamed lake high in the White River Watershed (drains to Lake Wenatchee). Suddenly … Continue reading

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A sport so cool it’s called ULTIMATE

By on October 29, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
A sport so cool it’s called ULTIMATE

By Marlene Farrell Boise is an eight-hour drive or two plane rides away, but going there once a month is worth it for Kevin Farrell of Wenatchee. Once there he lives and breathes ultimate (also known as ultimate Frisbee, however, … Continue reading

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Saddle Rock & me

By on October 29, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Saddle Rock & me

By Molly Steere I don’t remember the very first time I hiked Saddle Rock. What I do know is that I hiked it very soon after we moved to the Wenatchee area 12 years ago and it quickly became symbolic … Continue reading

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Experience the healing power of the back country

By on September 24, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Experience the healing power of the back country

By Brad Brisbine Lovely Meander Meadow sits at the top of the Little Wenatchee River Watershed. This meadow is of a more intimate scale than Spider Meadow, three valleys east, surrounded by a towering fortress with eight waterfalls. Two years … Continue reading

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Passage to Juneau: Reviewing life and landscapes as brothers complete last leg of paddle journey — 40 years later

By on September 24, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Passage to Juneau: Reviewing life and landscapes as brothers complete last leg of paddle journey — 40 years later

by Andy Dappen In June of 1974, my mother drove my older brother, several friends and me to the banks of Horseshoe Bay just north of Vancouver, British Columbia. She smiled for us as we loaded our homemade canoes and … Continue reading

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The (ugly) truth about mushrooms

By on September 24, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
The (ugly) truth about mushrooms

By Susan Sampson Every September and October I hear somebody rhapsodizing about the joys of foraging for wild mushrooms. The damp coast range hills of Washington state and Oregon and the Cascade foothills of the Pacific Northwest offer some of … Continue reading

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HELLO, OLD FRIEND: Momma hikers rejoice in the beauty and peace of sub-alpine Necklace Valley

By on September 24, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
HELLO, OLD FRIEND: Momma hikers rejoice in the beauty and peace of sub-alpine Necklace Valley

story and photos by Sarah Shaffer There is something to be said about trekking high into the mountains to take in the sub-alpine country. It may be the heather flowers, the huckleberries, or the pine and dry dirt smell. It … Continue reading

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Llamas are an aging hiker’s best friend

By on September 24, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Llamas are an aging hiker’s best friend

story and photos BY BRAD BRISBINE Three years ago, sunning at spectacular Spade Lake peninsula camp, I announced to my hiking partners Len Lamb (since 1976), and Justin Weedman (since 2004), that this may be my last backpacking trip. Len … Continue reading

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Looking at nature from a different angle

By on August 28, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Looking at nature from a different angle

By Erin J. Nash I took this photo during a backpacking trip to Spider Meadows with my friend Jonathan Williams (pictured). While exploring Phelps Basin we found that we could explore the creek by hiking up it through this glacier. … Continue reading

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Checking out Spider Meadows

By on August 28, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Checking out Spider Meadows

Story by Sarah Shaffer Photos by Mandy McLaren Spider Meadows had been on my bucket list for admittedly too many years now. Finally a date opened up that I was able to hit that specific trail. I texted my friend … Continue reading

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5 reasons to SUP  (Stand Up Paddleboard)

By on August 28, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
5 reasons to SUP  (Stand Up Paddleboard)

By Sarah Shaffer We recently bought a SUP and have been enjoying it during these hot summer days. Here are five reasons I recommend owning one. 1. We bought a blow-up version that allows you to pump it up once … Continue reading

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Music on the mountains

By on July 23, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Music on the mountains

                        By Jaana Hatton I discovered something exciting on May 17 as I was hiking on Sauer’s Mountain in Peshastin. It wasn’t a rare flower or a rare bird … Continue reading

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The pinnacles in the spring

By on May 30, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The pinnacles in the spring

By Dan Fitting The Wenatchee Valley is a wonderful place to live. But I don’t need to tell you that. If you’re reading this magazine, you already appreciate that. I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to the … Continue reading

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Confessions of a former snake murderer

By on May 30, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Confessions of a former snake murderer

By Molly Steere When my husband and I moved over the pass from North Bend to Malaga, I had an established fear of snakes. In my defense, I come from a long line of snake detractors. My grandma kept strategically … Continue reading

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Splash! Moms on a raging river

By on May 30, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Splash! Moms on a raging river

By Sarah Shaffer It was a sunny day on the biggest day of the year thus far for water levels on the Wenatchee River — over 17,000 cubic feet per second. Just the day to meet up with a few … Continue reading

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