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The Mother’s Day Gift She’s Always Wanted

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This Mother’s Day, give mom something worth writing home about. Invite her on a paddling adventure that you’ll both enjoy and get a head start on your summer! We’ve got the perfect guided kayak and raft tours to earn you some extra laundry and dinner credits – not to mention getting a head start on…

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CENTER: TIME TO GOT WET! (Wenatchee Skykomish river trips)

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Spring has sprung, and so have big discounts on whitewater rafting. Visit www.OutdoorAdventureCenter.com, and enter discount code “SPRINGSPLASH” at checkout to save 40% on your class III spring whitewater trips in April and May on the Wenatchee and Skykomish rivers (must book by April 30th). If you have any questions, call (425) 883-9039. Seeking Rescue Courses, Roll Class or…

WHITE WATER RAFT GUIDE TRAINING

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Are you a good swimmer? Do you enjoy the thrill and challenges of white water rafting? Are you seeking a career as a commercial rafting guide? Do you simply want to learn how to read the river, and know every aspect of a safe and exciting rafting experience, to enhance your personal enjoyment? Whitewater raft…

Deception Pass Dash – Extreme NW Paddling Event

Do you wonder if you have what it takes to paddle Northwest waters in extreme conditions? The cold water temps, chilly weather conditions, onshore winds, and choppy waters of the Washington coast combine to provide a challenging playground for experienced paddlers who have mastered their defensive boating techniques and self-rescue skills. Extreme Paddling Event! Each December…

111 Reasons to Hike in Index, Washington

The Town of Index is known for its many recreational opportunities and day trips. With the scenic Skykomish River flowing right through town, the Index Wall climbing area overlooking it, and the many protected wilderness and park areas surrounding it, Index is truly an adventurer’s paradise. And NOW is the time to HIKE IT! You…

Fall Kayaking is Best!

September and October are the perfect time to get your feet wet in the sport of kayaking! Lower river levels and a slower flow rate during the fall months provide beginning paddlers with an easier learning pace, while still offering the option of experiencing waves and other hydraulic features that are either too fast, or…

Still Many Autumn Fishing Options to Choose All Across The State

Posted by Mark Yuasa The choices on places to go and catch a fish are plentiful in the fall. “We’ve got some great coho fishing going on right now, and it is about as good as I’ve seen in quite a number of years especially in the Skykomish and Snohomish,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s…

San Juan Island Hopping – Men’s Journal Approved Travel

Boating the San Juan Islands

Hidden in the rain shadow behind the Olympic Peninsula and the Cascades, the San Juan archipelago sees the sun 247 days a year. During the summer and early fall, when calm seas are the norm, clear skies are as common as the eagles and whales that swoop and breach in the waterways between the 400 islands, some no bigger than a rock. But the weather is just icing on the cake. These islands are chock-full of cool towns, of-the-moment restaurants, and opportunities for adventure. There is no bad decision when it comes to choosing which island to stay on, but there is a best decision: Stay on a boat.

The best place to begin your week around and on…

Wild Sky: A wildly popular wilderness

INDEX — Local residents of this Cascade hamlet off U.S. 2 spilled across the lawn by the Skykomish River,  in a festivity that 50 years ago would have been about as likely to happen as watching the sun rise over the Olympics.

They spent Tuesday celebrating the fifth anniversary of the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness Area, beneath peaks of the wilderness and a nearby forested ridge recently rescued from logging.  They feted Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., who fought to make it happen, and took Murray on a hike into forests of the wilderness.

In days gone by, lines of logging trucks…