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Saturday, May 25, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Ralph Walter: With help from an expert, even a knothead can learn to love hiking

Over the years, I’ve given my girlfriend some real duds as gifts. The birthday tickets to see Pink located directly behind the stage. The highly forgettable Christmas two-pack of an ice scraper and “Love, Actually” DVD that I accidentally gave in successive years. The Valentine’s Day flowers that arrived a week late and completely dead (not my fault!) That’s why I was so excited a year ago when I gave Jeanne the gift of the great outdoors.