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Ada Bonnett — At 13, an inspiring and well-rounded athlete

By on December 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Ada Bonnett —  At 13, an inspiring and well-rounded athlete

By Sarah Shaffer Question: Tell us a bit about yourself. Answer: I just turned 13. I was born in Moscow, Idaho when my dad was in veterinary school at WSU.  When I was 2 years old, we moved to Bozeman MT, where … Continue reading

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Wasn’t yet time to give up on my horse dream

By on December 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Wasn’t yet time to give up on my horse dream

By Melanie Schoonover I was born with the horse gene, so they say.  Ever since I can remember, I loved horses.  As a child, it was the one thing I asked my parents for over and over again. Growing up … Continue reading

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One fine day

By on November 24, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
One fine day

By Leonard Harris For years, I have enjoyed climbing Saddle Rock, however after my last hike I sat on the tail gate of my pickup and wondered if maybe I should look for less physical and more age appropriate challenges … Continue reading

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A room at the top

By on November 24, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
A room at the top

Staying overnight at Entiat’s Steliko Lookout Story and Photos By Alan Moen Fire lookouts are an important part of Washington State history.  Since the first one was built on top of Mount Pilchuck in the Western Cascade Mountains in 1918, … Continue reading

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Jason Walker: A different kind of athlete in a different kind of bike sport of Cyclocross

By on November 24, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Jason Walker: A different kind of athlete in a different kind of bike sport of Cyclocross

By Sarah Shaffer Question: Jason, we heard you moved to Wenatchee from Reno. What brought you to our area? Answer: Multifactorial decision. Honestly, the impetus was the vaccination laws and schedule in Nevada.  Kerri and I aren’t anti-vax, but we … Continue reading

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A view worthy of a calendar

By on October 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
A view worthy of a calendar

By Dan Fitting I’ve been blessed with the privilege to see the mountains in southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  Yes, they have more mountains, higher mountains and beautiful mountains covered with trees, but we are blessed to live in an … Continue reading

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To e-bike or not to e-bike

By on October 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
To e-bike or not to e-bike

Bicycle purists frown on machine-powered help, but the pedal assist has these former cross-country cyclists back in the seat By Lief Carlsen Several years ago, my wife, Mary and I were straining to pedal our bicycles up a very steep … Continue reading

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Anja Petterson: Flying around the trails, often in sandals

By on October 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Anja Petterson: Flying around the trails, often in sandals

By Sarah Shaffer While mountain biking a couple of different times in the mountains surrounding Wenatchee, I came across this woman named Anja Petterson.  She wore sandals while trail running, and while I was huffing and puffing on the uphill … Continue reading

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Oh, joy, it’s the season for a LARCH MARCH

By on September 23, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Oh, joy, it’s the season for a  LARCH MARCH

Suggestions on where to find bright golden larches — without too much hard hiking Story and photos By Molly Steere While growing up, as the air developed the telltale crispness around the days’ edges indicating fall had arrived, my dad … Continue reading

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Could this really be fun? Stand-up paddleboarding opens up a whole new world

By on September 23, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Could this really be fun? Stand-up paddleboarding opens up a whole new world

By Jaana Hatton My journey to overcome biased thinking continues: this time it was stand-up paddle boards.  I never thought much of the activity, it seemed too lazy somehow. Well, that’s because I had never tried it. When my friend, … Continue reading

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Passing the test at Jasper

By on September 23, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Passing the test at Jasper

Story by Marlene Farrell Photos by Kevin Farrell The beginning and end of our eight-day family backpack trip in Alberta’s Jasper National Park featured a maintained, if muddy, trail and designated campsites.  Those sites equipped us with picnic tables, bear boxes, fire … Continue reading

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A gift from Leonard Sauer

By on July 29, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
A gift from Leonard Sauer

By Mari foreman Groff My mother’s day wish was a family wildflower hike.  Following the advice of a local hiking guru, my obliging husband steered our family of seven through the hamlet of Peshastin, up Anderson Canyon Road, to the … Continue reading

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Take a walk on the wild (ocean) side

By on June 25, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Take a walk on the wild  (ocean) side

story and photos by Andy Dappen The Enchantment Traverse is one of Washington’s premier hikes.  Yet, because it’s hard to get an overnight permit for the route, many people have given up on backpacking the traverse. Instead, day hiking and … Continue reading

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The remarkable resurrection of Squilchuck State Park

By on June 25, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The  remarkable resurrection  of Squilchuck State Park

By Molly Steere I keep my eyes fixated on the wood beam I’m balancing on, well ahead of my front wheel. Focus.  I sneak in a shaky half rotation of my pedals to keep my speed up. I’m doing it!  … Continue reading

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2019 ‘Picture Chelan County’ contest begins

By on May 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
2019 ‘Picture Chelan County’ contest begins

By Amanda Newell From the ridge tops to the valley bottom, Chelan County provides residents and visitors alike with a spectacular place to live, work and play. In celebration of everything the county’s natural resources provide, the Cascadia Conservation District will … Continue reading

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Two women and a Jeep equals adventure

By on May 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Two women and a Jeep equals adventure

By Jaana Hatton Here’s my question, even if you are the daring kind, would you volunteer to drive over 1,000 miles in the desert without a GPS, a cellphone or any other device other than a map and a compass? … Continue reading

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The itch to camp propels family into the outdoors, where sometimes, adversity makes the best stories — afterwards

By on May 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The itch to camp propels family into the outdoors, where sometimes, adversity makes  the best stories — afterwards

By Linda Reid   No one has ever asked me to submit a camping resume to prove my expertise but I am prepared, just in case it happens, which would be most likely at this time of year when outdoor … Continue reading

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Ross Lake: Rugged, isolated, beautiful, and most of all, ignored by tourists

By on April 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Ross Lake:  Rugged, isolated, beautiful, and most of all,  ignored by tourists

Story and Photos  By WILMER PEREZ  “Cougar Island? Where is that?” asked Fernando, on the phone from Vancouver, British Columbia. “It is in Ross Lake,” I answered from Wenatchee, Washington. “We’ll meet you at Colonial Creek Campground, which is in … Continue reading

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Playing in the dirt — Again

By on April 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Playing in the dirt — Again

By Molly Steere A few years ago, I unofficially quit dirt biking.  Quit is probably too strong of a word as, at most, I only rode a few times a year. My abilities remained so underwhelming that my son handily … Continue reading

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Walking Peshastin Pinnacles

By on April 22, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Walking Peshastin Pinnacles

By Diana Rigelman When Spring finds Wenatchee, I’m lured out of the house to find secrets of the Wenatchee Valley.  Most everything is a secret to me because I haven’t lived here very long. Trails, restaurants, art, music — where … Continue reading

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Sky king: Drone photography opens up vistas not available to earthbound cameras

By on March 31, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Sky  king: Drone photography opens up vistas not available to earthbound cameras

Story and photos  By Ron Medeiros I have always been interested in photography but had never taken the time to take pictures or even learn anything about it.  Then, two years ago, I met up with a few friends who … Continue reading

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The lady who seizes the day

By on March 31, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The lady who seizes the day

By Jaana Hatton Gloria Coburn came along for a snowshoe hike on Mission Ridge with Carolyn Dowell and me in late January.  It was a cold day with a few cautionary snowflakes in the air, and the gray skies were … Continue reading

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National champs! Well, sort of. At least, that’s the spin for these local tennis players

By on March 31, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
National champs! Well, sort of. At least, that’s the spin for these local tennis players

Story and photos by Susan Weber I’m guessing here but I’d say if you are reading this it is because you like to hear about local life, and people you may know or want to know.  You like to hear … Continue reading

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A Friday Andy’s not working… and maybe you shouldn’t, either

By on February 26, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
A Friday Andy’s not working… and maybe you shouldn’t, either

story and photos  By Andy Dappen “I’m taking the day off because of you,” Mike Rolfs told me when WenatcheeOutdoors.org announced that all residents of our fair valley should not work but play outdoors in nature on the Friday closest … Continue reading

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Snow life

By on January 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Snow life

By Joe Anderson The Clara Lake and Marion Lake areas next to Mission Ridge Ski Area offer breathtaking views of the snowy wilderness.  This view was captured in the early morning directly after a heavy snowfall before the creek froze … Continue reading

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Let’s snowshoe

By on January 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Let’s  snowshoe

By Joe Anderson The new year has arrived, and I am sure resolutions have been made to lose weight, get more exercise and to dust off the snow shoes in the garage or to use the new ones Santa left.  … Continue reading

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The story of echo ridge is one of passion, cooperation and the splendor of mother nature

By on January 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The story of echo ridge is one of passion, cooperation and the splendor of mother nature

By Lief Carlsen In the winter of 1988, forestry technician Ken Dull considered himself a lucky man. After 10 years of scraping by on seasonal work for the U.S. Forest Service, he was now a full-time employee with the impressive … Continue reading

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White Pass on the cheap

By on January 28, 2019 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
White Pass on the cheap

by Andy Dappen Most journalists are not well paid. I, for example, benefit from rummaging through trash bins looking for aluminum cans whose shiny metals can double my earnings. My skinny wallet existence means vacations are a challenge. A typical … Continue reading

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It’s just so fun to run as fast as I can, every part of me working together

By on December 24, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
It’s just so fun to run as fast as I can, every part of me working together

By Marlene Farrell Some people would rather sleep in on a dark November Sunday than drive for a couple hours just to run six kilometers in a public park. For my friend, Eric Wulfman, and me, it was just one of … Continue reading

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UPDATE FROM XC NATIONALS: Toes on the line, bang! and we’re off

By on December 24, 2018 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments

By Marlene Farrell The national championships, Dec. 8 in Spokane. The cold air was bracing. The sun, which set the course aglow and cast beautiful elongated runner shadows during yesterday’s preview, was nowhere to be seen today. I can plan … Continue reading

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