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  • Float trips accessible, inexpensive

    Booking a float trip with a qualified guide on the Spokane River is one of the best recreation bargains around. Travel is minimal – city folks can ride a bike …


  • Jumping gym

    When it gets too hot to play outside and her twins still have energy to burn, Colette O’Reilly takes them to the ultimate indoor playground. Nine colorful, gigantic inflatables fill …


  • For kids, sky’s the limit

    Imagine soaring in a small aircraft – ascending to an altitude of up to 2,000 feet and experiencing a bird’s-eye view of Spokane. For some kids, dreams of flight can …


  • Easygoing hikes provide natural getaway

    When the urge strikes to stretch the legs, Inland Northwest families never have far to go to find a good trail. Spokane and Coeur d’Alene have idyllic escape routes rife …


  • Hiawatha Trail: Downhill day trip

    Spend any time on a bike, for fun or commuting, and at some point when you’re facing that big old hill on your way home, you’re bound to wish for …


  • Go-kart for the speed-crazies, and the non

    If your household includes a speed-crazy teen who’s not old enough to drive a car yet, here’s an idea: Take the family go-kart racing. At FastKart, anybody can let loose …


  • Gem of a trail has its own appeal

    Dedicated just four years ago, the 72-mile Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes has become a North Idaho icon. This ribbon of parkway is a prize that’s getting the Silver Valley …


  • Day Trip: Discover what’s west of here

    If you live in the Inland Northwest, chances are you’ve already been to Ritzville. Driving on Interstate 90 you’ve stopped for coffee or gas, travel weary, your mind already at …


  • Mount Spokane road closes July 7 for construction

    Mount Spokane, the place virtually every nature lover in the region has visited, will become a new wilderness-like experience this summer. Get your hiking shoes or mountain bike ready.


  • Rodeo man’s roadside chapel spurred by vision

    Deb Copenhaver is a legendary rodeo rider. Born and raised in Wilbur, Wash., his riding career took him to famous rodeos in Cheyenne, Calgary, Fort Worth and many other places …


  • Digging for garnets and fossils in ‘Gem State’

    There are many reasons why Idaho is called the “Gem State,” and one of them can be washed right out of the mud at the Emerald Creek Garnet Area, seven …


  • Seeking one’s own adventure on the road

    When it comes to road trips, some people like to plan every detail. The maps come out weeks in advance, and the Internet is scanned for good deals and hotel …


  • Rich Landers: Time to trade ski poles for pedals

    Tired of life’s uphill grind? With the slopes mostly bare of snow and a powder dream-season just a memory, two area ski resorts will turn their attention to lifting the …


  • Go on an art, history outing

    There is no better time than summer to really get to know a city. Many of us are creatures of habit, driving the same way to work, picnicking at the …


  • Passion leads to petting farm

    To discipline a llama, just send it on “timeout.” At least that’s the method Monica Phillipy applies when her llama Little Dude begins to show a bit too much attitude. …


  • Attract birds to yards with the right landscaping

    With a little planning, we don’t have to travel to experience nature. Birds will readily come to our yards.


  • Colorful history surrounds Silver Valley

    Hercules. Galena. Lucky Friday. Star. Sierra. They sound like the names of racehorses, but in North Idaho’s Silver Valley everyone knows these are the mines that have shaped the area’s …


  • Everybody’s paddling for the weekend

    This weekend is prime time in the Spokane area for cheap thrills in kayaks and canoes. Saturday may be the day to float the idea of getting the family into …


  • Pack lunch and head out on a safari to Cat Tales

    You can’t exactly grab a tiger by the tail, but you can get pretty darn close to the big furry creatures at Cat Tales, a private zoological park north of …


  • Ceramics studio puts creativity on a pedestal

    There’s an artist in all of us. At least, that’s the premise behind a handful of paint-your-own-pottery businesses in the region. “It’s fun to create your own things,” said third-grader …


  • Nature Corner: How can you not take the bait?

    Although area rivers are still high with runoff, this weekend will be the perfect time to take family fishing at area lakes and ponds. Trout will be stocked and volunteers …

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