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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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Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo: As Much Outdoor Fun as You Can Have Inside

Don’t let the indoor setting fool you at this new outdoor recreation event at the Spokane Convention Center February 18-19, 2017. Discover fun, entertaining and engaging activities at this two-day celebration of all the awesome outdoor recreation and travel opportunities ...

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How Not to Build a Snow Cave

The first time I slept in a snow cave, I admit I was cheating. I was with a large group at a small cabin, and when I found a ready-made snow cave just off the footpath that night, I couldn’t ...

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Four Northwest Yurts for Winter Adventuring

The yurt, an often portable, round tent that has been used as a home in Central Asia for at least 3,000 years, is slowly becoming not only a more common dwelling structure in North America, but also a unique and ...

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Inland NW Local Holiday Gift Guide: Camping

This holiday season, OTM makes your shopping easy with our Local Holiday Gift Guide. There’s no need to search far and wide for gifts for your fellow outdoorsy folk and other loved ones who appreciate unique, locally-procured gifts. There are ...

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Fall in the Flathead

Say good-bye to summer tourists and embrace a peaceful autumn in northwest Montana. Post-Labor Day travel in the Flathead Valley area is an extension of summer, minus the crowds. Sport a bikini by day and a beanie by dusk; pack ...

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Honeymoon Camping

Most campsites do not offer pillow menus. Pillow menus make me feel like a queen. And no matter how many Clorox wipes I employ, I can never really get those crusty picnic tables clean. For these and many other reasons, ...

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An Alimentary Discussion About Backcountry Etiquette

No, that title isn’t a misspelling of “elementary.” I use “alimentary” because I am talking about consuming nutrition (eating and digesting) and the last stage associated with this process (eliminating). This is not exactly a savory subject (well, it may ...

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Coffee Brewing on the Go

Coffee is the second most consumed beverage in the U.S. behind soda, and number one in the world, not counting water. Most of us who love the black stuff have brewing equipment in our kitchens, but when we travel or ...

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