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Environment Featured Oregon Outdoor Activities

DogPAC pushes for more off-leash river access

Bend Parks & Rec (BPRD) is working on a River Restoration and Access Plan to protect riparian habitats in the 8 miles of city parks along the Deschutes. BPRD staff will present their recommendation to the BPRD board on Jan. 19. DogPAC has been working with the district to identify sites for off-leash access, where […]

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Perfume Your Garden with Lilies

Photo cutline: The new Roselily series of double Orientals are exceptional blooms to include in cut floral arrangements. Photo credit: photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers The garden season is filled with flowers and fragrances and many that generate fond memories of our past. Be sure to add some delightful fragrance to your gardens and create […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Great RV Weekend Getaway

Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Northwest RVing Blog hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. Written by Dave Helgeson Do you have a student(s) studying Washington State history remotely from home? Looking to get them and yourself out of the house for an RV weekend getaway? […]

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THE Best Tip for RV Newbies

Caption: Learn to dry camp and enjoy sites like this Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Northwest RVing Blog hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. Written by Dave Helgeson I was recently asked by someone at Washington State Parks to share some tips for new RVers […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Cape Disappointment lighthouses shine bright

Photo by Jace Walker Stenersen History is on full display in Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, where two century-old working lighthouses continue to guide mariners toward shore. The 161-year-old Cape Disappointment Lighthouse guides sailors into the mouth of the Columbia River from the south, while the 119-year-old North Head Lighthouse illuminates the way for ships approaching from the north. Short […]

Evergreen, holly and pine cone
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Do-it-Yourself Holiday Centerpiece

Caption: It is possible to create a festive holiday centerpiece crafted from materials found in winter gardens. Photo credit: by Melinda Myers Dress up your holiday meals with a centerpiece crafted from greens, colorful stems and seed heads collected from your garden. Or purchase fresh materials you need from your favorite garden center or […]

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Attractions Outdoor Activities Washington

Spokane’s Riverfront Park gets major facelift

Caption: Huntington Park on the Spokane River. With a $64-million Riverfront Park renovation, the park now has a new skate ribbon, Looff Carrousel building, Howard Street Bridge Promenade and updated SkyRide. Work has progressed to the Pavilion. The old IMAX theater was torn down and the Pavilion is currently being transformed into an open-air event […]

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Grow Frilly and Bold Amaryllis Indoors This Winter

Caption:  Sweet Nymph double amaryllis has layers of creamy white petals decorated with coral pink stripes. Photo credit: photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers When squirrels are busy storing nuts for winter, it’s time for gardeners to start gathering amaryllis bulbs to sustain them through the dreary months ahead. Ordering now will ensure you have […]

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Featured Oregon Outdoor Activities Washington

My favorite Northwest dog walks

Written by Greg Johnson, travel writer Ruby the Mini-Aussie is a Central Oregon resident who regularly hikes on trails and urban walkways throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here are some of her favorite Urban Dog Walks: The Wildwood Trail Ruby and her canine friends like to walk this trail whenever she ventures to Portland. The trail […]

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Featured Outdoor Activities Washington

Mountain biking popular on Washington’s Galbraith Mountain trails

For the sixth year in a row, has named Galbraith Mountain in Bellingham the most popular mountain biking location in Washington state on its 2019 ranking for the United States and Canada. Five of the top six Most Popular Washington State Mountain Biking Trails on are also on Galbraith Mountain trails including: Atomic […]