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Whitewater Trip Focuses On History

Some whitewater rafting trips head straight downriver with the focus on the rapids and what’s for dinner. A new Heritage Expedition tour put together by the U.S. Forest Service will focus on the archaeology and history of the Snake River Corridor, with running the rapids tossed in as a bonus.

The Whitewater Adventure: Wild and Scenic Snake River Corridor runs July 26-30 through the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and the Wallowa Whitman National Forest.

Rafters will visit Nez Perce village sites, historic homesteads and stop to see the pictographs and petroglyphs on the canyon walls.

The last night will be spent at the Copper Creek Lodge.

Cost of the fully catered, whitewater heritage adventure is $1,750. A portion of the fee goes directly to the preservation and management of Hell’s Canyon.

For information, contact Archaeologist Bruce Womack, Wallowa Whitman National Forest, 88401 Highway 82, Enterprise, OR 97828; (541) 426-4978.

Practice self-control

It’s easy to overspend on vacation. You have time to shop at a leisurely pace, the ambience is pleasant and everything in the shops seems, well, so different or exotic (i.e., different from what you see at home).

Estimates are that an average family of four on a two-week vacation in the U.S. will spend about $3,000 on food and lodging. Add transportation costs and incidentals and, well, you can imagine the potential totals.

To help you stay within budget, manage spending before you go, say the folks at Citibank. Their tips for doing just that:

Set a limit on what you want to spend before you even make vacation plans. Then plan the vacation you can afford.

Make a spending plan, day by day.

Keep track of spending on your vacation.

Choose your spending method (cash, checks, travelers checks, credit cards) carefully and stick to the plan.

Make vacation spending a family affair where everyone saves toward personal purchases.

Vacation at home and do daytrips if that’s what your budget allows.

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Tunes by the lake

The Kaslo Summer Music Festival will be staged Aug. 2-3 at Bay Park in Kaslo, British Columbia.

The event includes bands that play jazz, folk, rock and other styles. Bands on the lineup this year include Cheryl Hodge, Darcy Hepner, EhTrane, Paul Landsberg, Sacred Linoleum, Mother of Pearl, the Mammals, Swingin’ Bovines and Christine Duncan.

Kaslo is about a four-hour drive north of Spokane near Ainsworth Hot Springs (north of Nelson, B.C.).

Tickets are $15 for a day pass, $26 for the weekend (after July 19 they are $22 and $34), available at G&B outlets. Children 13-18 get in for half-price, children younger than 13 get in for free.

Afloat in orchard country

The largest wooden boat show in Western Canada will be held July 19-20 in Kelowna, British Columbia, about a five-hour drive north of Spokane in the B.C. Okanagan.

The eighth annual Kelowna Antique and Classic Boat Show will include more than 50 boats from the 1920s through the 1960s and from canoes to cruisers, Chris Crafts to Italian Rivas.

The center of activity will be the Hotel Eldorado.

For information: Okanagan Antique & Classic Boat Society, 1560 Water St., Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 1J7; (250) 861-3738.

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