OUTPEDAL – Since 2011, Spokane has celebrated May as the perfect month for cycling, with Bike to Work Week. This year, the celebration is being renamed and extended to cover the entire month of May, says Sally Phillips of the Spokane Bicycle Club. The effort is geared to getting people to pedal more and drive less, for physical fitness and reducing traffic and parking congestion well as for the general good of the planet.
CONSERVATION – Breathtaking landscapes will dominate the picture this week at the third annual Spokane screening of environmental films that feature nature’s beauty, cutting edge environmental issues, humor and more. The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is set for Thursday at the Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Ave. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 as a benefit for the Spokane Riverkeeper and Spokane River projects.
Despite growing up in an active outdoor family, one filled with generations of deer hunters and walleye fishermen, my wife never quite caught the bug. While this may have been a mild disappointment to her father, it was perfectly fine with me.
Millions of people call Deception Pass State Park home, albeit for a day, maybe two, or perhaps a week. For assistant park manager Rick Blank, the rocky coastline, swirling salty waters, old-growth forest and iconic bridge have constituted his home for 27 years.
I’m glad there are no potholes in Spokane, because springtime is here again and it’s time to break out my bike and go for a ride. I have a cool old white Schwinn with chrome forks sitting in my storage unit, It looks like something a stormtrooper would ride, were the Emperor inclined to make 1980s road bikes standard issue equipment.
Boaters traveling in and out of Washington, Idaho and Montana are noticing increased emphasis this season on inspections for invasive aquatic species on watercraft ranging from yachts to kayaks, rafts and paddleboards.
Good news for fishermen, boaters and travelers relying on the Gifford-Inchelium Ferry: The Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that they were halting continuation of the drawdown at Lake Roosevelt at the request of the Colville Tribe.
On the edge: Yellow-bellied marmots take a stand on a cliff above the Palouse River and falls at Palouse Falls State Park. On the web: Submit your outdoors-related photos for a chance to be published in our weekly print edition at spokesman.com/outdoors.
A drone hovers, filming the action. Cyclists race past, rocketing around a giant track. It’s a Thursday night in Los Angeles, and I’ve been invited to witness a product purported to be substantial for the future of the sport.
Larry Aumiller spent 40 years trying to come to terms with the expression on the Boone and Crockett Club’s bear statue. “Those bears can be aggressive,” Aumiller said. “But that’s less than one-hundredth of a percent of what they do. In fact, if you want to be really typical, you’d have them sleeping.”