Don’t let relatives or friends get lazy, trash your house, empty your refrigerator and fry your patience when they visit during summer vacations. Get them out:
• Biking paved trails, such as Fish Lake, Centennial and Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes
• Inner tubing Spokane or North Fork of Coeur d’Alene rivers
• Picking berries near Priest or Sullivan lakes or Lookout Pass
• Day hiking to the top of Mount Spokane or through Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
• Stand-up paddle boarding on any of the many area lakes with rentals available from stores like REI and Mountain Gear
• Paddling canoes or kayaks down the Little Spokane River
• Rafting Clark Fork River whitewater through Alberton Gorge
• Climbing at Sheilds Park (Minnehaha Rocks)
• Fly fishing the St. Joe River
• Shooting sporting clays at Double Barrel Ranch
• Photgraphing mountain goats on Scotchman Peak
• Spokane Parks and Recreation offers kayak, canoe and paddle board trips on area rivers and lakes from $29-$50 per person. Contact: (509) 363-5418, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• ROW Adventures offers a splashy one-day whitewater rafting trip through the Alberton Gorge area of the Clark Fork River at $79-$96 per person. Contact: (208) 765-0841.
• Kayak Coeur d’Alene rents kayaks and paddle boards and delivers the vessels free for renters to the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Contact: (208) 676-1533.