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Author Archives: Amy Silbernagel McCaffree

Writing for OTM since 2006, Amy is the special section editor and "Out There Kids" columnist. Amy enjoys sharing stories and ideas that inspire people, especially parents and their children, to be more active and adventurous, year-round, in the great outdoors. Her favorite outdoor pursuits are camping, alpine skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking, swimming, backpacking, and anything else fun and adventurous with her husband and their two children. She has a MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University's Inland Northwest Center for Writers. Learn more and connect with Amy at facebook.com/AmyOutdoorsSpokane.

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Photo by Amy S. McCaffree.

When competing with iPhones and apps, nature may seem “boring”—but it doesn’t have to be that way. “If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, then let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them ...

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Lessons Learned Camping with Friends and Their Kids

Photo of families camping together by Amy S. McCaffree.

  What happens when four families—including eight adults and 10 children ages 1-11—go camping together over Memorial Day weekend? Fun, adventure, and lessons learned. Here are fundamental ideas that helped our trip succeed.   Plan a trip with like-minded families. ...

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Lake People: Jacob Rothrock, NIC’s “Lake Guy”

Peaceful evening paddle, with life jackets, near Tubbs Hill in Coeur d'Alene. Photo: Shallan Knowles

“Everything I’ve done as a job since leaving high school has been water-related,” says Jacob Rothrock, North Idaho College’s Outdoor Pursuits program coordinator. Rothrock grew up in North Carolina and attended the state university in Raleigh before moving to Colorado ...

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Lake People: Dusty Klink & Life on the Lake at Klink’s Resort

Photo courtesy of Klick's Resort.

Dusty Klink was only 7 years old when he and his family moved to Williams Lake from Woodinville, Wash. His parents, Jerry and Sandy Klink, wanted a change of lifestyle, and through a lucky set of circumstances, in 1989, the ...

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Play It Safe on the Water: Safety Tips for Boaters and Paddlers

Photo by Shallan Knowles.

Last summer, Lake Coeur d’Alene was the setting of fatal boating accidents, and every summer, unfortunately, there are too many drowning deaths on regional lakes. Whether you’re wakeboarding, water skiing, cruising in a motorboat, kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding or swimming, play ...

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History Highlight: Harrison, Idaho, Turns 118

One-hundred years ago, on July 21, the small town of Harrison, Idaho on the east side of Lake Coeur d’Alene was destroyed by a raging fire in 90 minutes. At the time, the town had only being incorporated for 18 ...

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Inland NW Lake Guide 2017

If you already have a “lake place” – your own or your parents,’ your friend’s grandparents or cousins, or your Uncle Bob’s – then you likely already have your favorite lake. But for the rest of us, any of the ...

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5 Sweet Swimming Beaches

  Seeking a nice beach for lounging and bookreading? A swimming area for your young children to wade and a sandy or rocky beach for digging? Load up the kids’ PFDs, floaties and beach toys for a visit to these favorite local beaches. City Beach at Lake Pend Oreille – Sandpoint, Idaho Conveniently located in the ...

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Campfire Cooking: Over-the-fire Recipes for Tasty Meals Under the Stars

Photo: Amy S. McCaffree

Becoming a good camp cook using the open flames of a campfire can be easy with the right equipment, ingredients, and recipes and a little preparation. Here are some tips and recipes to get you started. Equipment and Tools Having ...

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Falling in Love with a Pop-Up Tent Trailer

The McCaffrees loaded and ready to go. // Photo: Judd McCaffree

Big Agnes served her purpose well until last summer. My family’s orange and yellow 4-person Big Agnes tent was acquired early in our marriage, four years before our first child was born. Not only did she come with a cool ...

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