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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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Go plogging

By on April 23, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Go plogging

WHEN YOU LOVE TO GET OUTDOORS, BUT CAN’T STAND OTHER PEOPLE’S LITTER By Marlene Farrell In the months he’s not skiing, my husband, Kevin Farrell, goes for a daily run before or after work. A couple years ago, he added a … Continue reading

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A pretty but chilly walk up Mount Sauer

By on April 23, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
A pretty but chilly walk up Mount Sauer

Story and photos By Kathleen Miller In early April, with three women and two dogs, I hiked to the summit of Mount Sauer in Peshastin, gaining 2,000 feet in elevation over three miles. With every 1,000 feet in elevation that … Continue reading

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Crazy fun and a history lesson

By on April 23, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Crazy fun and a history lesson

        by Andy Dappen Hiking, biking, canoeing, swimming, fishing… and cliff jumping? Sun Lakes – Dry Falls State Park near Coulee City offers a menu of relatively tame outdoor outings highlighted with a few dashes of craziness. … Continue reading

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

By on March 29, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
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

By on March 29, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 2 Comments
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

By on March 29, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
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

By on March 29, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
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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Yes, there is a   sun in winter

By on January 31, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Yes, there is a   sun in winter

By Travis Knoop It would seem, at least so far, that Old Man Winter is having a hard time committing to the season in NCW. We’ve had a variety of snow, freezing rain, plain ‘ol rain, bitter cold and my … Continue reading

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Sharing winged magic

By on January 31, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Sharing winged magic

Color blind, but not blind to nature’s feathered beauty By Jaana Hatton When you marvel at the sharp, capture-the-moment bird photos of hobbyist photographer Bruce McCammon, you would never guess he is color-blind. Not in a million years. His images … Continue reading

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Burning up calories while walking on whipped cream

By on December 28, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Burning up calories while walking on whipped cream

By Joe Anderson The snow in the mountains in late November started me dreaming about snowshoe trekking. I got so excited I went in the garage, dusted off my snowshoes, poles and hiking boots as I anticipated another huge snow … Continue reading

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Climbing frozen water

By on November 29, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Climbing frozen water

By Heidi Swoboda I generally have the memory recall of a gnat. However, I have crystal clear snippets of mountain visions in my head. Visions of plastic blue Canadian ice, of standing in chest deep snow beneath the drip… Grinning … Continue reading

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