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Inner Bark: A Sweet Treat

Trees damaged by browsing elephants. // Photo: Kelly Chadwick

Unlike the deliciously exaggerated sugar-and starch-filled produce of today, wild foods are often tough, bitter, astringent, or intensely vegetal, including many prized plants in older cultures. Modern palates aren’t adapted to these flavors. Which brings us to inner bark. Phloem, ...

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Sweet Deals on Wheels

Your new bike is waiting for you at the Spokane Bike Swap! // Photo courtesy of The Spokane Bike Swap.

The Spokane Bike Swap on April 8 at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center will bring together everything riders need to prepare for a year of biking. More than a thousand new and used bikes for sale priced anywhere ...

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Learning from a Mountain: Grit and Resilience

Milder temps in March mean more enjoyable time on the slopes for kids. // Photo: Judd McCaffree

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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Sherman Point Loop (Sherman Creek Wildlife Area)

Early spring views along Lake Roosevelt. // Photo: Holly Weiler

The first time I visited the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area, I was delighted by what I found in a location I have never seen described in local guidebooks. Sherman Creek is roaring in the springtime, and with its low elevation, ...

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Spring Fever


As a kid, flying was easy. Every so often I would simply go to sleep and dreams of lifting off the sidewalk up and over the fence and lilac bushes of my childhood home would take over. I can still ...

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The Van Gogh Ski Crash

Travis Nichols all smiles on an injury-free day in the backcountry. // Photo: Jon Jonckers

The look on Mat’s face told me everything I didn’t want to know. I could feel the blood running down my neck into my shirt, and when I turned my head to look down at my skis, the blood in ...

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Family Fun on Snowshoes

Beccie White's son and his friend snowshoeing at Mt. Spokane State Park. // Photo courtesy of Beccie White.

“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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Winter Birding: More Exciting Than It Sounds

Sharp-shinned Hawk. // Photo: Lindell Haggin

Lindell Haggin, an avid birder and Spokane Audubon Society treasurer, narrows the scope of her bird-watching to her North Spokane backyard during the cold months. “A lot of people don’t realize how many birds are around. I’ll get up to ...

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Riverside State Park, Bowl and Pitcher Loop

Find miles of winter hiking on Riverside's signature river hugging singletrack. // Photo: Holly Weiler

I have a favorite loop in Riverside State Park that can be especially nice for mid-winter visits when I’d prefer to run or hike rather than ski or snowshoe. With a base distance of 4.7 miles and so many trail ...

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A Kinder, More Sustainable Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

OTM's New Year's resolution: get out and ride more. // Photo: Bradley Bleck

A few years ago, my doctor cornered me about the smoking habit I’d held onto since college. “It’s more addictive than heroin, you know. It’s really bad for you, you know.” I knew. Alas, guilting one’s captive into giving up ...

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