Break in tradition: Good food in national parks

National Park Service to roll out healthy food standards Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and National Park Service Chief Jonathan Jarvis held an event on the Lincoln Mall to unveil new healthy food standards for national park concessionaires, with chefs offering free samples of such fare...

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013

Going to the Sun Road plowing opens route for bikes

NATIONAL PARKS -- Now through the next couple of weeks or so will be prime time for bicyclists to explore portions of Glacier Park's Going to the Sun Highway. While plowing is underway from both sides toward Logan Pass, motorized traffic is prohibited but bicycles...

MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013

Little Goose Dam closing to traffic

FISHING – Little Goose Lock and Dam at Snake River Mile 70.3 near Starbuck, Wash., will be closed to public vehicle traffic across the top of the dam May 15 -July 13, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced. Bad news for some anglers. Construction...

MONDAY, MARCH 11, 2013

San Juans Islands, Glacier Park on Lonely Planet’s list

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Two premier outdoor recreation areas within a day’s access from Spokane are listed among the Lonely Planet's Top 10 U.S. Destinations for 2013. The San Juan Islands are No. 3 on the list and dubbed “The Gourmet Archipelago.” The writer notes the...

SUNDAY, FEB. 24, 2013

Locals present program on kayaking in France

ADVENTURE TRAVEL – A program on kayaking rivers in France will be featured Monday (Feb 25) at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear Corporate Office at 6021 E. Mansfield, Spokane. The program is sponsored by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club. Club members Jim Nelson and...

MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2012

North Cascades Highway closed by snow, avalanches

TRAVEL -- The Washington Transportation Department closed the North Cascades Highway at noon today because of heavy snow and avalanche danger. Three slides occurred and more than 4 inches of snow fell within 90 minutes, according to a department media release. At this point, the...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012

Vehicle emergency kit cheap insurance for winter travelers

WINTER TRAVEL -- Slippery roads this week are a reminder that drivers should be prepared for mishaps that might catch stuck, stranded or off the road in winter conditions. A bag of items stashed in your vehicle could spell the difference between comfort and misery...

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012

Biologist talks about birds, culture of East Asia

NATURE – Howard Ferguson, a Washington Fish and Wildlife Department wildlife biologist, will present a free program on his experiences with birds and culture in East Asia at 7 p.m. Wednesday may 9 at the Riverview Retirement Community, Village Community Building, 2117 E. North Crescent...

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Spokane adventurers detail 15 weeks in Alaska

ADVENTURING -- Spokane adventurers Debbie and Bill Pierce will present a free program about their 15-week, 12,000-mile summer trip of kayaking, fishing and wildlife photography in Alaska tonight (April 23), 7 p.m., at the Corbin Community Center, 827 W. Cleveland Ave. "Carrying kayaks and mountain...

MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

Spokane Mountaineer details Middle East, Africa travels tonight

TRAVEL -- Meri Murphy of the Spokane Mountaineers will detail her the post retiremed trip she made -- for eight months! -- in the Middle East and Africa during a free program tonight, 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear Headquarters, 6011 E. Mansfield. Murphy departed Spokane...

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012

Cold overlooked along Iditarod Trail

Septuagenarian Bob Jones of Kettle Falls has chiseled into the frozen culture of arctic Alaska as he's snowmobiled 1,000 miles along the Iditarod Trail. His diary and photos have been a highlight of my blog for two weeks. Here's one of Jones's many observations from...

Iron-dogging the Iditarod Trail:

Diary, days 13-14

SNOWMOBILING -- "I'm too tired to even look at pictures," snowmobiler Bob Jones said in an email from the tiny village of Golovin on the Iditarod Trail. (Additional photos will come later and be posted here.) He'd just put in an 11-hour day that extended...

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Iron-dogging the Iditarod Trail:

Diary, days 11-12

SNOWMOBILING -- Chilled but not chilled out, Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane contginued their snowmobile trek along the Iditarod Trail even though the Iditarod sled dog race is is over and the winners have packed up for home. "Zero degrees...


Iron-dogging the Iditarod Trail:

Diary, days 7-10

SNOWMOBILING -- As fate would have it, the real adventure began 70 miles from any assistance behind the racers in the Iditarod sled dog race. As the temperature plunged to minus 32 degrees -- nearly 60 degrees colder than the day they started out following...


FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

Online vote names NEW seven wonders of the world

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- A world-wide online pole has named a new list of seven wonders of the world. Check it out and see if you agree. I'm thinking the people who voted on this have not been to the Grand Canyon.

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

REI Adventures offers big trips or local weekenders

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- REI Adventures has a good reputation for leading outdoor vacations to exceptional outdoor destinations in many countries. But the Seattle-based group also offers a long list of Weekend Getaways, shorter adventures within an easy drive of Spokane. For example: North Cascades Climbing...


Motorcyclists vote Beartooth their favorite highway

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- It struck a personal chord this morning to read the news that members of the American Motorcyclist Association have voted the Beartooth Highway as their favorite stretch of road in the U.S. The winding, mountain highway climbs nearly 6,000 feet between Red...

MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Art Wolfe to present slideshow at Whitworth

NATURE/TRAVEL -- Wildlife photographer and Public TV “Travels to the Edge” host Art Wolfe will give a lecture and slide show Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Whitworth University’s Weyerhaeuser Hall Robinson Teaching Theatre. Wolfe, 59, is one of the best globetrotting nature imagers in the world....

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.

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