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Tom Potter: Learn river kayaking from the pro

By on February 22, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Tom Potter: Learn river kayaking from the pro

Whitewater kayaking has become an activity that I not only crave, but is also a sport that has introduced me to the small community of people who share a love for the river. It is hard to imagine where I … Continue reading

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Kayaker Tom Potter: ‘I landed in the frothy water a little off balance and flipped upside down’

By on February 22, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Kayaker Tom Potter: ‘I landed in the frothy water a little off balance and flipped upside down’

The first time I paddled Tumwater Canyon was on a frosty fall day. It was cold, gloomy and the river was at a healthy flow. I remember being so gripped, slowly working my way down river with some good friends … Continue reading

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Spring kayaking in raging rivers

By on February 22, 2017 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Spring kayaking in raging rivers

By Tom Potter As winter nears its end and temperatures in the Wenatchee Valley start to rise, the snow pack of the Cascades begins melting into its respective drainages. While most see this as a simple transition of seasons, whitewater … Continue reading

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Full tilt: Always more, bigger, better for athletic dad and family

Full tilt: Always more, bigger, better for athletic dad and family

By Steve Tidd Dr. Doug Milner is a tech-savvy dentist, who is always looking for ways to provide better care for his patients. His dental practice, Fibonacci Smile, employs 12 people, and is a bustling center of activity that anchors … Continue reading

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Doug Milner: ‘These moments are electrifying’

By Doug Milner I have so many fond memories from this last season of competing in triathlons with my girls. My favorite are centered around race day morning. In triathlon, like most endurance sports, you spend six to eight months … Continue reading

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Kicking Horse by the numbers

By on January 25, 2017 in Articles, Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Kicking Horse by the numbers

By Andy Dappen A low-snow winter two years back had me frustrated. Thanks to snowmaking, the home skiing at Mission Ridge had been tolerable but, frankly, most of the skiing around Washington was poor. North of the border in British … Continue reading

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50 year anniversary climb of Mount Adams

By on November 30, 2016 in Articles, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments
50 year anniversary climb of Mount Adams

By Dave Jaecks Fifty years ago — in August of 1966 — I was recently arrived in Washington and a total neophyte in mountaineering. So when fellow UW medical resident Karl Hammermeister suggested that I join him and his brother … Continue reading

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Citizen scientists

By on November 30, 2016 in Articles, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments
Citizen scientists

‘The power of collaboration’ as ordinary people lend to understanding of the world By Jaana Hatton If you are curious about the birds and the bees, and the flowers and the trees, you could ask Susan Ballinger. She knows a thing … Continue reading

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El Sendero Backcountry Film Festival

By on November 28, 2016 in Events, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments

Celebrates 12 years of the Snow Less Traveled DECEMBER 14, 2016 Wenatchee, Washington Numerica Performing Arts Center – 7pm Wenatchee, WA — Each year in December El Sendero hosts the Backcountry Film Festival. This year the Film Festival celebrates its … Continue reading

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Piano playing mountain man

By on October 26, 2016 in Articles, Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Piano playing mountain man

Story by Marlene Farrell Photo by Kevin Farrell Steve Morton doesn’t do anything halfway. Whether he’s playing piano before large crowds or going on a solo horse packing trip, he is driven by thoughtful intention, discipline, attention to detail and … Continue reading

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Camping solo

Camping solo

Story and photo By Molly Steere I tore up the gravel road leaving a trail of dust behind me, positively vibrating with a sense of adventure and escape. Yet I already had that familiar cold weight in my stomach that … Continue reading

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Is this another bad idea?

By on September 28, 2016 in Articles, Outdoor Fun, Sports & Recreation with 0 Comments
Is this another bad idea?

By Molly Steere As my husband, Toby, runs to the bathroom to throw up, I take another hit off my inhaler, pop some Sudafed, and come to terms with the fact that today will go down as another one of … Continue reading

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Coming up: Harvest fest Sept. 17

By on September 14, 2016 in Events, Outdoor Fun, Wine with 0 Comments

Downtown Wenatchee— Saturday, September 17th will mark the 15th anniversary of the annual downtown harvest festival. This fun filled community and family event will span three city blocks in downtown, from Wenatchee Ave and 2nd Street to Wenatchee Ave and … Continue reading

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An epic journey to Kitty Hawk in a very small plane

An epic journey to Kitty Hawk in a very small plane

By Wayne Ball Shortly after beginning flying lessons in 1956 at the age of 16, it occurred to me that landing at Kitty Hawk — the site of the Wright Brothers first flight in 1903 — would be a fun … Continue reading

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Plan B involves chickens, chores & outdoors

By on August 31, 2016 in Articles, Health, Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Plan B involves chickens, chores & outdoors

Story and photos By Jean Moraga While this life is far from what Andréa Pipkin imagined while in high school, she wouldn’t trade it in. Having lived in L.A. until age 12, then moving to Ephrata, the suburban lifestyle was … Continue reading

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Women’s night out in nature

Women’s night out in nature

By Sarah Shaffer Once a year, my good friend Liz and I make plans for a one or two night ladies backpacking trip. This is a very sacred, special trip for us because we both have daughters that are three. … Continue reading

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Unusual activity has mom gaining confidence and losing weight

Unusual activity has mom gaining confidence and losing weight

By Jean Moraga On a breezy, sunny Sunday, Alicia Dart hoops in Cashmere’s Simpson Park, smiling, enjoying herself, as multiple hoops twirl around her legs, hands and arms. However, it wasn’t always this easy. “If you’d told me four years … Continue reading

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Paragliding Saddle Rock on Memorial Day

Paragliding Saddle Rock on Memorial Day

By Joe Gluzinski  Paraglider, harness, reserve, helmet, flight suit, gloves, flight instruments, first-aid kit and water totaling 55 pounds. With 26 years in the sport, this will be my first flight of the 2016 flying season. During the hike up … Continue reading

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3 things that might surprise you when bike commuting in Wenatchee

3 things  that might surprise you when  bike commuting in Wenatchee

By Sara Villalobos If you’ve ever considered bike commuting in Wenatchee, you might just be onto something special. We all know that biking is good exercise, and getting around on two wheels is good for the environment, but local commuter … Continue reading

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A regular walk on the Quiet Side

A regular walk on the Quiet Side

STORY AND PHOTOS By Marilyn Sherling Fall was in the air as we stood looking across the river at the pine tree on the far bank. That Ponderosa looked very strange, and as we lifted the binoculars to our eyes … Continue reading

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Art meets life on the loop trail

Art meets life on the loop trail

By Cameron Wood Reader Susan Droz Rankin sent in this photo of “a mixture of crack repair and paint” which she snapped while on one of her daily walks on the loop. “On previous walks, I had noticed the odd … Continue reading

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Entiat summerfest/rods on the river June 18

By on June 16, 2016 in Events, Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments

Entiat City Park will be rocking with this year’s Summerfest/Rods on the River on June 18, sponsored by the Entiat Valley Chamber of Commerce. The annual event will begin at 10 a.m. with a grand parade starting at Entiat’s Fire … Continue reading

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CRITTERS in my viewfinder

CRITTERS in my viewfinder

By Mike Gardner I’ve been into photography since the age of 5, watching my grandfather in his darkroom. In my early teens I received a 35mm camera from my grandfather and started shooting motorsports at Ascot Raceway in Gardena, CA, … Continue reading

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Letting the kids out

Letting the kids out

By Marlene Farrell Kids know a lot about parkour, where in a video game the hero must jump a perfect path of obstacles to avoid falling into a void. But today the kids themselves were the heroes. I was in … Continue reading

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A jump day at Lake Wenatchee Park

A jump day at Lake Wenatchee Park

By Amanda Fisher The photo of our new Park Ranger, Paul Tomas, was taken by his girlfriend, Louise Regan, shortly after they moved here from Minnesota by driving cross country. The couple have settled into a nice cabin on the … Continue reading

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Childhood memories come flooding back on a hunt for morels

Childhood memories come flooding back on a hunt for morels

Story and Photos By Lance Stegemann Clutching to an overhanging tree limb, I tried to steady myself as I dug a foothold into the steep side slope. The ground is blackened from a forest fire that took place only a … Continue reading

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Cycling the scenic Wenatchee Valley

Cycling the scenic Wenatchee Valley

By Alice Thompson We never know what kind of bikes riders will pedal in our Apple Century Bike Ride. One guy rode the entire 100 miles on a “fixie,” a fixed-gear bicycle. One of our Sunrise Rotary Club members, Dave … Continue reading

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Curious about an RV lifestyle?

Curious about an RV lifestyle?

Story by Dr. David Weber, Sr. Photos by Dr. Susan Weber Ah yes, the lure and romance of the open road… The nostalgia of Route 66. Undiscovered, quaint places. We’re tooling down the road and life is good and we … Continue reading

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Working on the mule train

By on March 30, 2016 in Articles, Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Working on the mule train

Story and Photos By Lance Stegemann Chewing methodically, ears erect, and eyes focused with intent, nine discriminate heads follow me suspiciously as I make my way across the muddy corral at the Forest Service barn in Leavenworth. It’s time to … Continue reading

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A family goes hunting the wild mushroom

A family goes hunting the wild mushroom

By Marlene Farrell Photos by Kevin Farrell Last fall when Sherri Schneider agreed to take my family out for a day of mushroom hunting so I could write an article about this uncommon outdoor pursuit, she insisted that our hunting … Continue reading

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