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Author Archives: Amy Silbernagel McCaffree

Amy has been backpacking and skiing Inland Northwest mountains since Fall 2003, after moving from the Seattle area to attend graduate school at EWU’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers. She’s been writing for OTM since 2006 and enjoys sharing stories that inspire people to be more active and adventurous. Biking to neighborhood parks, hiking at Riverside State Park and skiing at Mt. Spokane with her husband and two young children are her favorite outdoor pursuits.

Easy Thrills: Tubing the Spokane River

Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree.

Parents like to feel in control, but you can’t control a river. Which is why I was a little nervous to take my young son, 6 years old at the time, tubing on the Spokane River last July.    The trip ...

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Summer Camping Smiles: Create the Ultimate Camping Experience for Your Kids

Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree

Camping provides an immersive, hands-on educational experience for children. To optimize fun while ensuring comfort and leisure, try these tips on your next family camping adventure. Not All Campgrounds Are Created Equal Choose a campground with amenities that best suit ...

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Pedal to The Park: Explore Spokane’s Parks by Bike

Photo by Amy Silbernagel McCaffree.

Hop on your bike and pedal your way to one of these local parks for some simple, no-cost recreational fun. To find the best biking route, go to Srtc.maps.arcgis.com and search for “Spokane Regional Bike Map” to access Spokane’s interactive ...

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Summer Camps Guide

Photo courtesy of Camp Spalding.

Summer is prime time for kids to romp in the woods, get dirty, climb trees, and take new risks. Around the region, there are summer camps devoted to helping children of all ages learn more about nature, camping, science, and ...

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11 Ideas for Family Fun in the Great Outdoors

Photo of West Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

1) Hike or Bike in Palisades Park: This 700-acre nature park west of Spokane has awesome views of the city and several trails for hiking or biking. Kids will especially enjoy Indian Canyon’s Mystic Falls. A park map is available ...

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Little Rippers: Inspiration from the Next Generation

We’ve all seen them. Super kid skiers swishing down runs, carving turns like it’s nobody’s business, out-skiing timid adults snowplowing down the mountain. Little rippers share a common backstory: They started alpine skiing with their parents at a young age ...

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Learning from a Mountain: Grit and Resilience

Whether it’s awakening early enough to be at the mountain by 9 a.m., keeping track of and carrying one’s own gear, or standing up from a precarious fallen-down position without assistance – these types of challenges help children acquire essential ...

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Family Fun on Snowshoes

“Hey, kids, want to float on some deep snow?” This question should get them excited for snowshoeing, one of the easiest and least expensive winter recreation options. Beccie White, of Spokane, and her husband, Chris, started snowshoeing with their two ...

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Five Must-Have Items for Year-Round Outdoor Families

How much gear does an outdoor family need to have fun and stay comfortable outside all year long without breaking the bank and focusing too much on flashy things? These five items top our list. Dedicated play clothes: Equip children ...

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Inspirational Skiers

Winter sports are becoming more accessible to all, thanks to Spokane Parks & Recreation’s Therapeutic Recreation Services and its volunteer instructors, who have been providing ski lessons for more than 20 years at Mt. Spokane for people of all ages ...

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