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Outdoor writing: Goat Crossing

My family owned boar Nubian pack goats in my pre-teen years. Summers were spent with goats loaded, leading them up mountain trails, listening to their orange packs full of food and bedding rattle as they jumped from log to log, over small rocks, and past the occasional surviving rouge leaf.

Outdoor writing: Lake Cabin Tour

Many summer days of my first 16 years were spent in a homely cabin on a slope of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The foundation was laid in the 1970s and built upon by my grandfather and father. In this small, steep-roofed cabin among the trees of Crescent Bay my large family once crammed and made a clamor the neighbors may or may not have loved. Come and experience it for yourself.

Outdoors writing contest geared to area teens

It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring contests for youth outdoor writing.

Outdoor writing winner: Voyage to Discovery

The bus full of teenagers arrived at the undisclosed location at 9 a.m. Although we had been at camp as counselors in training for the past three weeks, we were unprepared but excited for the secret trip our leaders had been hinting at the whole week. “Just bring a swimsuit, lots of sunscreen, and a good attitude,” they had insisted while they brushed off our many questions.

Outdoor writing runner-up: Vigorous Winter

Oftentimes, when December clutches us with its transparent breeze and scolds like a mother to put on a scarf, we head inside and warm up by the fire in a recliner with a bathrobe on, 12-pound schnauzer nesting in the lap, and a mug of hot chocolate in hand. Nobody even considers stepping outside into a foot of frigid, friable snow. All except for me and a few members of the Mead cross country team.

Outdoor writing runner-up: The Chase

The secluded mountain road ends in the shadow of looming evergreen trees, the iconic giants that forge Washington’s beauty. As the car comes to a stop, a flurry of preparation ensues. Jackets are zipped, helmets are buckled, bikes are lifted. Sitting down, the pillowy suspension sags under my weight. Waiting for the others to assemble their gear, I feel like a corralled stallion, itching to go. Eventually, we pedal slowly to the trailhead, legs twitching in anticipation. We stop; all is still.

Outdoor writing runner-up: Flaming Out

“Go, go, go!” yelled my dad. A wall of orange and yellow fire four feet high was spreading farther across the trail with each second. He was right; we had to hurry.

Forgot about game-night?

Every DM has those games they did not prep as much as they wanted, if at all. This is a guide to help you prep better and faster. It also includes some tips on some places to prep first if very strapped for time.

Outdoor writing contest geared to high school students

It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring contests for youth outdoor writing. The 2015 S-R contest is open to high school students from the newspaper’s circulation area.

Doctors recognizing that reading, writing can be therapeutic

‘I really didn’t believe I would make it through childhood, but the act of writing brought me through.” Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s voice is whispery on the other end of the telephone as she relates some of the experiences she has overcome: living with a schizophrenic mother, growing up in a variety of foster homes, battling cancer, struggling with drug abuse – the list goes on.

Tips on Writing an Adventure

Your party has defeated the dragon terrorizing the local population, rescued the noble from the bandit lair and stopped the nuke from hitting the orbital space station. But, how does it all tie together? Where do you go from here? Well my friend, it sounds like you have an adventure on your hands.