Forest Bathing

Forest bathing originated from the Japanese shinrin-yoku, meaning taking in the forest atmosphere. It was intended to urge folks to spend more time outdoors, especially among the trees. Many cultures, both ancient and modern, have recognized the importance of spending time in nature. Benefits of Forest Bathing Benefits of forest bathing include lowered blood pressure,…

Banks Lake and Northrup Canyon

Banks Lake is located in a very unique geological area in eastern Washington dominated by an ecosystem called shrubsteppe. Shrubsteppe is an arid ecosystem found here and in other western states dominated by rolling, grassy plains, or “steppe”, with an overstory of sagebrush and other woody shrubs. Shrubsteppe landscapes contain many habitat features, including streams,…

South Channel Spokane River

We visited Q’emiln Park (pronounced “ka-mee-lin”) in Post Falls yesterday and hiked along the Spokane River below the South Channel Dam. Lots of ups and downs over large boulders added a bit of difficulty to these old bones, but the scenery was well worth the effort. I will have one or two of these for…

Nature Walk

It definitely has been a season of firsts! Yesterday we took a nice walk along the river, through the wetlands and into the forest…in mid January! (hover over photo for description)

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