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Beautiful Maui deserves an active outdoor adventure

For me, relaxing on the beach in Hawaii is fun ... for about 20 minutes. Then I start to feel antsy. I see Maui’s soaring mountains and I want to go hiking. I see the azure waters of the South Pacific and I want to go paddling.

Montana father, son invent one-handed reel for paralyzed friend

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

Frank Ewalt – a Billings City Council member, small businessman, 25-year teacher of hunter education and retired firefighter – has turned his inventive expertise to making a motorized fishing reel for his friend, Larry Rennich, who is paralyzed on his right side and must use a wheelchair.

Old dog will hunt: Pointer, 13, still hot on the trail

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 6:35 p.m.

His muzzle is gray. His joints are sore, and he is undeniably in the twilight of his days. But Cash, our 13-year-old German wire-haired pointer, still has the drive to follow his nose as he crisscrosses open country in search of game birds.

Ammi Midstokke: That time a worst nightmare came true

When you live alone in the mountains with a kid, relying on solar power and YouTube instructional videos to keep your house running, you have a different set of fears than the general population. Among mine: a string of cloudy days, carburetor issues on my chainsaw and head lice.

This hike features a WWII-era bomber, alpine lake, river canyon near McCall

Seventy-five years ago, a B-23 Dragon bomber crashed on the south shore of Idaho’s Loon Lake in the middle of winter. The eight men aboard all survived – some waiting for rescue at the plane while others hiked for help for more than two weeks through the unfamiliar, snow-covered terrain. The wreckage of that crash is still visible. And you can hike to it.

Reader photo: A rare appearance

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 5:53 p.m.

Jerry Rolwes captured this photo of a reclusive Virginia rail feeding at Turnbull Refuge on Aug. 25. According to the

Saddle-sore, pack-rafting fly-fishers sample Yellowstone

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 3:21 p.m.

Mules and pack rafts geared up with fly rods and bear spray led three adventurers recently to confirm the comeback of Yellowstone Country cutthroats. The good news is filtering out of Wyoming’s “Thorofare” region centered on the Yellowstone River upstream from Yellowstone Lake. The Thorofare that spreads through the 585,000-acre Teton Wilderness is steeped in lore rivaling any fish and wildlife cornucopia in the country.

Reader photo: Kicking back

Photographer Joanie Christian’s husband relaxes in the Little Pend Oreille Lakes in Stevens County. Her husband, Jim, had just broken his reel and was relaxing and taking in the view.