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NCW Spring hikes to walk off the cooped-up blues

By on March 27, 2021 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
NCW Spring hikes to walk off the cooped-up blues

Story and Photos By Alan Moen  And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks… and good in everything.  — William Shakespeare The COVID-19 pandemic, now raging worldwide for over a year, … Continue reading

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Camping in April

By on March 27, 2021 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Camping in April

Camping when it is not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, not too crowded, and usually not smoky.  Story By Linda Reid Photos by Ken reid Camping? In April?  We never would have ventured out so early when … Continue reading

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Are you serious?

By on March 27, 2021 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Are you serious?

Yes, say these cold water swimmers, there is joy in wading into 37-degree water By Susan Lagsdin In August, when a breeze sweeps across your favorite swimming beach, it’s a little shivery. In early spring, glacial runoff and blustery wind … Continue reading

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Emerging from the fog

By on February 22, 2021 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Emerging from the fog

By Marc Dilley It was one of those dimly lit mid November days in the upper Icicle Valley, where wispy clouds would roll in, blot out the sun and then, like a wave on the beach, recede then repeat the … Continue reading

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Nita Paine

By on February 22, 2021 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Nita Paine

‘I love that we provide an outlet to people to express themselves, to find out who they are’ By Susan Lagsdin The thousands of people-hours needed to create community theater productions in our region are gladly donated by hundreds of … Continue reading

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Drone over a cold Columbia River

By on January 25, 2021 in Outdoor Fun with 2 Comments
Drone over a cold Columbia River

By Ron Medeiros This is a shot of the Senator George Sellar Bridge that connects Wenatchee and East Wenatchee over the mighty Columbia River.  This was a cold winter morning as the sun was rising.  I was able to capture this … Continue reading

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Natural beauty for 2021

By on January 25, 2021 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Natural beauty for 2021

From May-October 2020, Cascadia Conservation District — a non-regulatory grant-funded organization dedicated to wise stewardship of all-natural resources — hosted a photo contest and calendar that combines appreciation for the environment with the artistic talent of local photographers.  The photo … Continue reading

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Jim and Carolyn Phillips — Don’t stop being active at any age

By on January 25, 2021 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Jim and Carolyn Phillips — Don’t stop being active at any age

By Sarah Shaffer Jim and Carolyn Phillips are local legends.  I have heard their names through the grapevine over the years as being an extremely athletic couple and eventually randomly met Jim while at a crag up the Icicle.  He … Continue reading

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Three days of running around beautiful Mount Rainier

By on January 25, 2021 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Three days of running around beautiful Mount Rainier

Story by Linda Reid I have had a life-long, intimate relationship with Mount Rainier.  In Seattle we were always grateful for days when we could say to one another, “The Mountain is out.”  My family has camped and hiked the … Continue reading

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Solitude & skiing

By on December 28, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Solitude & skiing

Even in the ‘empty nester’ years, it’s fun to strap on skis or snowshoes for a trek in the snowy wonderland Story by Linda Reid  Photos by Ken Reid This is our fifth winter living in East Wenatchee, and we … Continue reading

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Short hikes on the long PCT

By on November 24, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Short hikes on the long PCT

Story and photos  by Brad Brisbine Other than some extreme-sports, one of the most agreed-upon measure of athletic physical endurance is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.  The 2,653-mile journey from Mexico to Canada takes several months, and is just as … Continue reading

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ZOOMING IN ON EAGLES

By on November 24, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
ZOOMING IN ON EAGLES

Story and photos  by Julanne Burts My Name is Julanne Burts and I enjoy photographing our local eagles and documenting their progress.  I suppose that sounds a little like an introduction to a 12-step program but I assure you this … Continue reading

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Riding the wind

By on October 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Riding the wind

By Anneka Herndon Perhaps you have looked up in the sky during the spring, summer or fall months and seen colorful balloon looking specks in the sky.  If you don’t know what you are seeing, then this article will shed … Continue reading

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High elevation adventures

By on October 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
High elevation adventures

with Peter Graf — a man on the run By Sarah Shaffer I had heard that Pete Graf runs all over the place, up high mountain peaks (that I have hiked and they are steep) and that he can run … Continue reading

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Four seasons add spice to our lives

By on October 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Four seasons add spice to our lives

Story by Linda Reid Photos by Ken Reid When we moved from the west side of the state in 2016 after living in Seattle for over 60 years, we were (and still are) asked the same question by people on … Continue reading

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Got beautiful nature photos?

By on September 28, 2020 in Outdoor Fun, Uncategorized with 1 Comment
Got beautiful    nature photos?

Mothers, daughters, mountains and dirt

By on September 28, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Mothers, daughters, mountains and dirt

by Marlene Farrell We stepped onto a trail, one after the other, until all seven of us stood on that flat dusty ribbon. And we danced! Each with our signature moves, made sillier under the hulking weight of our packs. … Continue reading

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The best views come after the toughest climbs

By on August 24, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The best views come after the toughest climbs

by Kristen Lovene McCamey  Though there are no certainties in life, you can always count on the mountains to offer peace, beauty and space for thought.  This has been a tough year for many of us: we’ve suffered from financial, … Continue reading

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Surfing on Lake Chelan?!

By on August 24, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Surfing on Lake Chelan?!

Technology brings beach sport to wave-less inland lakes By Todd Strahm Imagine flying above the water but still being connected to the water.  Your mind is stimulated as it tries to comprehend the reality of it all. Your feet are … Continue reading

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Everesting Mission

By on August 24, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Everesting Mission

In this challenge, cyclists ascend the same amount of elevation as one would by climbing Mount Everest from sea level — in one continuous go By Mark Shaffer “Nobody said it was easy. Oh, it’s such a shame for us … Continue reading

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SASQUATCH!

By on August 24, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
SASQUATCH!

Fact or fiction — hummm… you decide Story and photos BY BRAD BRISBINE My friend Gordy, a biologist, has turned his attention from freshwater dolphins to grizzly bears. He hopes to observe them in the North Cascades.  Knowing that I’ve … Continue reading

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Julie’s excellent urban adventure

By on July 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Julie’s excellent urban adventure

By Julie Campos Along with my husband Juan, I’ve participated in marathons on all seven continents.  I was an avid runner. I describe myself as a “late-in-life” athlete as I didn’t take up distance running until my mid-40s.  When my … Continue reading

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Escape to the mountains

By on July 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Escape to the mountains

Story by Kristen Lovene McCamey Photos by Kristen Lovene Mccamey  and Kyle Christensen My name is Kristen McCamey and I am a Wenatchee local.  The valley has always been home base for me — a place to recharge my battery, … Continue reading

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Riding the Lady Cat to Stehekin

By on July 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 1 Comment
Riding the Lady Cat to Stehekin

Photos by Ken Reid Experiences have become our family’s new preference when it comes to gift-giving.  When those experiences incorporate multi-generational together time, all the better.  Last year, for example, for my 70th birthday, we had a day on the … Continue reading

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Chasing the Milky Way… and a comet

By on July 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Chasing the Milky Way… and a comet

By Marilyn Sherling First off, let me give you my photographer’s credentials.  I have none. I am an amateur photographer who loves taking photos as a hobby.  So, what you see here is a result of that interest. When I … Continue reading

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Harnessing the wind at Wild Horse

By on June 22, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Harnessing the wind at Wild Horse

A long-held wish to visit the wind farm finally turns into a wind-chill reality story By Linda Reid photos by ken reid Something about those other-worldly wind turbines that dot the landscape has always fascinated me. In our travels across … Continue reading

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Why two retired apple growers sail

By on June 22, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Why two retired apple growers sail

Why two retired apple growers sail By Sharon Podlich I grew up in northern Vermont. Spent lots of time on lovely lakes, but never sailed. I like relaxed journeys. I resemble the description a friend once gave of his wife … Continue reading

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Sailing in the time of COVID-19

By on June 22, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Sailing in the time of COVID-19

Editor’s note: In the March 2018 issue, Sharon Podlich wrote about how she and her husband, Chuck, retired from growing apples in Orondo, bought a 44-foot sailboat they named Top Cider, and went on a sailing adventure off of Baja, … Continue reading

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The Fryingpan Fifty

By on June 22, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
The Fryingpan Fifty

How many wildflowers can be seen on a stroll at Mount Rainier? Let’s count among a rainbow of colors by Andy Dappen It’s known as one of Mt. Rainier’s most spectacular hikes. Some love it for the in-your-face views of … Continue reading

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Caden Stockwell: ‘Every race is challenging because everyone has that hunger to win, not just you’

By on June 22, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Caden Stockwell: ‘Every race is challenging because everyone has that hunger to win, not just you’

By Sarah Shaffer I first met Caden Stockwell when one of our WenatcheeOutdoors team members bought a road bike from him.  We were coming back from skate skiing and Caden said he skate skis, too.  I learned that Caden is … Continue reading

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