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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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Goathead Warrior

By on May 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Goathead Warrior

Ridding the Valley of those thorns that puncture bike tires and wound dog paws By Doug Pauly A tall, white-haired guy in a camo hat walking down the street with a shovel, leather gloves and a black garbage bag makes … Continue reading

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Breakdown in the Palisades

By on May 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Breakdown in the Palisades

Where to turn when a fun adventure gets stalled in a cell phone dead zone By Annamarie Harden In mid-April, my sister and I decided to go for a drive out to the Palisades up to Douglas Creek.  We loaded … Continue reading

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Flipping over Zambia

By on May 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Flipping over Zambia

Kayaking in a boiling river, just downstream from one of the 7 wonders of the world by Tom Potter Zambia is home to an experience on every whitewater kayaker’s dream list: the Zambezi River.  As a natural border between Zambia … Continue reading

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Yoga in the Yukon

By on May 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Yoga in the Yukon

By Jan Albin-Bullock The sun is well above the horizon and because it is July in the north, I know that it will light the sky until midnight.  I find a flat place on the pebble beach, careful to avoid … Continue reading

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Finding balance

By on April 27, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Finding balance

By Kai Knell I just wanted to send you a picture because I had a great time today.    I am currently a member at the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club and I rode my Onewheel down to the boat … Continue reading

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Walking in Wenatchee

By on April 27, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 2 Comments
Walking in Wenatchee

What? Her walk? Yes, and the sights and people she sees are soul enriching By Darlene Matule  Years ago, if someone had told me I’d someday be living in downtown Wenatchee — in an old fruit warehouse — I’d have … Continue reading

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Sweet joy of a child’s first fish

By on March 23, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Sweet joy of a child’s first fish

By Dave Graybill The last weekend in April is one of the biggest events in state.  Hundreds of thousands of friends and families gather together, some of them for the only time of the year.  What’s the occasion?  It’s the … Continue reading

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Kids in the snow

By on February 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Kids in the snow

Learning goes both ways when school kids get fitted with snowshoes By Joe Anderson In the fall of 2018 I was asked by Sara Rolfs to get involved in taking elementary students snowshoeing. Since I was a retired schoolteacher, EMT, … Continue reading

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Tom Potter’s motto for life: LIVE IT!

By on February 25, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Tom Potter’s motto for life: LIVE IT!

‘Find things that test you, scare you, force you to commit fully, and do them.  The results will be astounding.’ By Sarah Shaffer Tom Potter is someone we have heard a lot about from local athletes as a charismatic, inspiring … Continue reading

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Canoeing the vanishing Arctic

By on January 27, 2020 in Outdoor Fun with 0 Comments
Canoeing the vanishing Arctic

Story and photos By Andy Dappen Which wilderness river will we paddle next?  Every few years when our small group of local canoeists comes together to plan a multi-week paddling adventure, this is always the thorniest question. Over the years, … Continue reading

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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 2 Comments
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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