Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper
Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

A moose rests in deep snow by Bob Jones's snowmobile near McGrath, Alaska. Jones of Kettle Falls and his son-in-law Josh Rindal of Spokane followed the Iditarod Trail and the 2012 Iditarod sled dog race, and they did it again in 2014.
 (Bob Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 8

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th…

Continue reading this post »


A grizzly bear roams Yellowstone National Park shortly after emerging from its winter den in March 2013. (Yellowstone Tour Guides)

Another sign of spring: Grizzlies emerging

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- If you need more reassurance that spring has sprung, Yellowstone National Park officials have reported that grizzly bears are beginning to emerge from their dens. First bears out of the hatch usually are males. Females with cubs born in the den during…

Continue reading this post »


Students in the University of Idaho’s first Semester in the Wild program take a class in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. (Associated Press)

UI writers signing up for Semester in the Wild

WILDERNESS -- Enrollment is open for University of Idaho students up for spending a semester living and learning in Idaho’s beautiful and rugged mountains through the College of Natural Resource’s Semester in the Wild. What better way for a college writer to celebrate the 50th…

Continue reading this post »



THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane pauses at the "Nicolai 20 miles" sign in a thick stand of birch along the Iditarod Trail.  The old, totally faded, sign to the left was put there by John Runkles many years ago.  The new, yellow, BLM sign was also placed there by John, but about 20 years later. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 7

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th…

Continue reading this post »




Great gray owl photographed near Great Falls, Mont. (Jaimie Johnson)

Photograph has eye for great gray owl

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The eyes of the great gray owl are haunting, as you can see in the photo made this week by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson, who reports, poetically: We spent the day again today with the Great Grays near Great Falls –…

Continue reading this post »



Hangman Creek flows chart March 6, 2014. (USGS)

Hangman Creek flows spike; rafters gearing up 

RIVER RUNNING -- Every local veteran rafter, kayaker and canoeist knows the recipe: Snow followed by warm temperatures and rain are the ingredients for the brief surge of flows needed for whitewater action on Hangman Creek. Brownwater action, I mean. The river spiked from under…

Continue reading this post »


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014

Bob Jones of Kettle Falls pauses to photograph the Iditarod Trail 20 miles south of the Bear Creek Shelter Cabin during his March 2014 snowmobile trek to follow the Alaska sled dog race during a year of skimpy snow conditions.  The trail passes through a burn that scorched the area around 2000 from the Post
River Slide for about 30 miles to a point not far south of Bison Camp.
 (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 6 

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th…

Continue reading this post »


Roaming a snowy field: A coyote watches passing motorists on Thursday in a field near Airway Heights. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Out-of-staters rally against coyote hunting derby 

PREDATORS -- An out-of-state group has triggered more than 500 emails to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife protesting the annual Save our Fawns coyote hunting derby underway in northeastern Washington. See the story by Northwest Sportsman editor Andy Walgamott. Organizers say the derby…

Continue reading this post »











TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

The crew at Rohn Checkpoint on the Iditarod Trail pose with two Washington snowmobilers. Josh Rindal of Spokane and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 5

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th…

Continue reading this post »

Outdoors blog

Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.




Go to the full Outdoors page

Blog Archives

Dec. 2014 Nov. 2014 Oct. 2014 Sept. 2014
Aug. 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014
April 2014 March 2014 Feb. 2014 Jan. 2014