Connected

Connected

As I hung out around Spokane and Coeur d'Alene this summer, I started asking more questions of the places I frequent. Questions like: What causes are you passionate about? How does your business try to make a difference? Scroll through some of the answers I received...

Art & History

Field Report No. 20170807AC

COMMENTS: It was a quick trip, but well worth it. So much art and history, it's hard to pace oneself; we stopped to have a look at the Oregon Trail on our way in to town. Downtown is incredibly walkable and very accessible with plenty of parking (especially if you venture off Main). Temperatures approached 100 degrees Fahrenheit, but we made the best of it at a few of the local wineries.

KEY FEATURES: Drinks, Whitman Mission National Historic Site (Oregon Trail found here), Art Walla Walla

Cool Heat

Cool Heat

As the kids happily drop their hard-earned quarters in the Ms. Pac-man machine, we realize we haven't complained about the heat all day... the sign of a well-played summer day.

Not Kidding Around...

Not Kidding Around...

COMMENTS: When Jeremy Hansen and his team are cheffing it up, you know things are going to both look and taste world class.

Cascade Oasis

Cascade Oasis

A morning sortie to Roslyn, WA

Foothills Trek

FIELD REPORT NO. 20170619AC

Sage Hills Trail, Home Water Wildlife Preserve, Wenatchee, WA.
With plenty of water and high on optimism we took to the Wenatchee Foothills. Guided by wildlife biologists from the Chelan County PUD, we explored the Home Water Preserve, it's unique and vital place in the local ecosystem and the opportunities and challenges that come with it. Even though we started early, the trip was hot by mid morning and we were all thankful for hydration.

Sage Hills Trail, Home Water Wildlife Preserve


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There Once Was A Spokane Pub...

There Once Was A Spokane Pub...

COMMENTS: It's an uncommon night at O'Doherty's when the Lord Mayor of Limerick, Ireland stops by... sister-city love on Spokane Falls Blvd.

That Secret Spot

That Secret Spot

COMMENTS: ...Since then, Gordy's has become a go-to date night when they can find a sitter for their two little boys. Bigger than that, it's just a small part of their ongoing story. That's the simple power of a secret spot.

Art With Heart

Art With Heart

Carman stops to talk with me for a few moments. On Friday night, he hopes to fill the place, and begin to fulfill the mission of CHARTS (Child Humanitarian Arts): connecting local artists and art enthusiasts for the sake of children in the community.

Brace Yourself, Spring is Coming

Brace Yourself, Spring is Coming

For some of us, most of us, maybe all of us, Friday is a celebration for the end of a long, taxing work week. We count the days, hours, and minutes until our time belongs to us once again.

Save the Music

Save the Music

On Monday night, a hundred-some people showed up at Mela Coffee Roasting Company for a sold-out performance of The Show Ponies, an LA based folksy-rock n’ roll band currently touring their new album in the Northwest.

Weathering the Winter

Weathering the Winter

If you know an uncommon local business that may have been impacted by the winter weather, why not brave the slippery sidewalks and go give them some...

Winter Walking

Winter Walking

It’s my husband’s birthday and we’re determined to squeeze in a walk before the sun abandons us at 3:58. The trail has been surprisingly well-loved despite the...

Mountaintop Experience

Mountaintop Experience

When you're at a Christmas party and someone suggests hitting the mountain the next morning at 5:30am, make your decision wisely... 

Welcome Winter, Welcome Eagles

Welcome Winter, Welcome Eagles

They start to arrive in November when the cold turns dry and sharp. The return of the bald eagles to Lake Coeur d’Alene is a much-anticipated part of winter’s arrival...

There Will Be Pie

There Will Be Pie

It’s a Thursday evening on the cusp of the holiday season, and we’re at the Kitchen Engine. Co-owner Nicole Frickle is teaching...

Retreading Old Ground

Retreading Old Ground

We cross the gravel road and start the climb up Lewis Butte. It’s late-November in the Methow and this hike, though not thought of much throughout the rest of the year, is suddenly popular again...

A Tale of Two Hashtags

A Tale of Two Hashtags

COMMENTS: At F&C, we've noticed that our mission is somewhat encapsulated by a couple of viral hashtags that will once again make their rounds this weekend. 

A Pause in Time

A Pause in Time

After hiking up several switchbacks, Esmeralda Peak became increasingly outstanding with the November sun glaring against the rock and snow.

First Tuesday

Sitting in our cushy Merc seats we traveled to the places only scientist have been allowed to experience, true armchair traveler status for sure. However, it was