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It’s not uncommon to hear of people being transported from distress to tranquility by hiking, running or biking trails that led to calypso orchids, huckleberries or other simple pleasures. Following a trail can be a moving experience.
The just-published book, “Urban Trails: Spokane-Coeur d’Alene,” which former S-R outdoors editor Rich Landers co-authored with Kootenai County hiker David Taylor, features more than 60 areas with notable trails convenient to residents of the area.
A 31-mile water route up Lake Pend Oreille stood out to stand-up paddleboarder Jason Hershey as a challenge reminiscent of the Hawaiian Islands where he used to live, work and play.
Needing a breath of fresh air last week from the confines of COVID-19 concerns and widowhood, a Spokane grandma made a solo break away on her bicycle.
The newest trail project on the Colville National Forest near Sullivan Lake offers hikers a trip down memory lane. Each step leads to lessons ranging from industrialization to ecosystem recovery, with the occasional deer or bear sighting along the way.
We were still miles from the Pack River takeout at Highway 200 north of Lake Pend Oreille when a crack of thunder prompted an emergency bivouac. A gale of nasty clouds was blitzing over the near horizon in a surprise assault on the Landers family’s canoeing trip.
Anglers in the Tri-Cities area set a harvest record for sockeye this month as the fish passed through en route to spawning areas in British Columbia. Upper Columbia anglers have picked up the action and are having a ball catching the delicious red-meated fish.
Bicycling – a force against nature? I never thought I’d see THAT day come. But I have.
Over the years, I’ve given my girlfriend some real duds as gifts – with the exception of last year: An autographed copy of “Day Hiking Eastern Washington,” co-authored by former Spokesman-Review outdoors editor and good friend Rich Landers, and a guided hike with the legend himself.
The comeback of cutthroat trout in the Yellowstone region, as verified by fly rod during a wilderness horse-packing and pack-rafting trip, will be covered in a program on May 7 by Rich Landers, former S-R outdoors editor.
Dawn detergent has been my brand of choice for dishwashing since 1989, when The Spokesman-Review flew me to Alaska to report on the environmental havoc caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
Grand Canyon National Park, which is celebrating its centennial, is a monument to eye-catching natural beauty – and the value of government regulation, which deter miners, plans for dams, tramways that once hauled out bat guano for fertilizer and a gamut of other development dreams and schemes.
Former Spokesman-Review Outdoors editor Rich Landers will be speaking at the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club general meeting on Feb. 25.
There’s no off-season for serious anglers, and that includes winter. Numb fingers and lines iced in the rod guides are surmountable deterrents to anglers who recognize that winter delivers special opportunities.
A newspaper writer is more likely to get a hug from President Trump than a day on a trout stream with an associate justice of the Supreme Court.
Fall is a fine time for hiking as well as planning next season’s trips. New guidebooks devoted to trails and adventuring published this season feature expert insight on getting to some of the Northwest’s top wild outdoor attractions.
When our editor talks to different community groups about our newspaper’s different missions, he often explains our hope to be a daily instruction manual to life in our community. Then it hit us – we should totally make that book.
March is the time hikers bare their soles to lowland trails where most of the snow has disappeared and buttercups are blooming.
Three former Spokesman-Review reporters will be honored for their reporting on environmental issues and the outdoors during the March 2 Winter Waters celebration in Spokane.
Former Spokesman-Review outdoors editor Rich Landers will talk about his career, Jan. 13.