HIKING -- A Spokane couple returning from a camping-hiking trip to Steamboat Rock State Park this weekend have several recommendations for folks who want to follow their footsteps:
1. Go now. The wildflowers are beautiful, with the balsamroot on the downward swing but bitterroots are just ready to bloom.
2. Keep the tent screen zipped closed. They found two rattlesnakes in camp, one huddled against their tent and one under their cooler.
3. Use hiking poles and if you hike with a dog, keep it on leash. They encountered two more rattlers on the trail while hiking to nearby Northrup Canyon. One was on the aggressive side, which is rare. But they felt more comfortable after they gathered up hiking sticks to thwart any advances. With their dog on leash, they had no problem.