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Fishing with Kids: Connecting Foster Kids with the Outdoors

Photo by Kaitlin Barnhart

What if they don’t catch a fish? I started to worry, but as the truck doors swung open and the boys filed out, I could see their bright smiles and it clicked: I knew we had already given these children ...

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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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The Value of Recreation: a Conversation with Jon Snyder

Photo of Jon Snyder at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle.

Jon Snyder, former Spokane City Councilman and Out There Monthly founder, has served as Washington State’s Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development Policy Advisor for over a year now, and I recently caught up with him over a ginger beer at ...

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Spring & Summer Outdoor Events for All Ages

Lilac Century Bike Ride (April 30, 2017) Like SpokeFest in the spring, the Lilac Century Bike Ride is a great way to kick off the biking season with the whole family in a fun, safe and friendly environment. The Lilac ...

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Folsom Farm to Hog Canyon Loop

Photo of Hog Lake Falls by Holly Weiler.

Easy access to both the mountains and the deserts ranks high among the many benefits of living in the Inland Northwest, and April is a month for deserts. While it could still snow at any moment in the higher elevations, ...

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The Washington Bikes PAC

Photo overlooking grain elevators along the JWT.

As this year’s legislative session enters its final month, Alex Alston, state policy director at Washington Bikes, recaps the statewide bike-related bills and budget proposals she sees as top priority this year. The advocacy arm of Washington Bikes, called Washington ...

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Out There Challenge

Team OTM at the end of the Spokane 2 Sandpoint Relay Run.

I sat more and moved less this winter than just about any other time in my life. A hefty work load, learning to be a parent, and an endless plague of family colds meant way less time outside. I joked ...

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Canyon Canoeing at Bonnie Lake

It was midweek halfway through spring when we rumbled along a dusty road south of Cheney with our rented EWU canoe humming atop our station wagon. We reached the put-in spot down wonderfully named Hole-In-the-Ground Road. There, Rock Creek meanders ...

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Fat Ass Runs: A Brief History

Photo of Trail Maniac runners.

In spring 2012, I had raced a couple of trail runs on the west side, and I wanted to bring that energy to the Inland Northwest. I was looking for ways to help build the local trail running community, so ...

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Parkour // Recess for Grownups and Kids

Straight though it may be, the shortest distance between two points isn’t always flat or easily navigable. Most people would avoid a wall, boulder, or railing by walking around it. But, argue the growing community of worldwide parkour enthusiasts, where’s ...

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