Editor’s note: Nordic skiing and rainbow trout and bear fishing, oh my God | Lifestyles


I learned to ski downhill at the Spout Springs Ski Area, east of Weston, Oregon, when I was 8 years old. Spout Springs has been closed since 2018, but I can’t wait to ski familiar trails just down the road this winter with my now 8 year old son thanks to the “Blues Crew”.

The team includes volunteers from Blue Mountain Land Trust who have spent thousands of hours rehabilitating the Nordic trails in Horseshoe Prairie near Weston to make them safer, more clearly marked and more navigable. Lifestyles reporter Gwendolyn Elliott has the full trail report on page 9 after a chance meeting with Linda Herbert, president of Blue Mountain Land Trust, herself on the ski trail last season.

This is one of our many fall outdoor adventure stories on the pages of this month’s edition of Lifestyles magazine.

Get ready to bait your hook with Dennis Dauble’s report on Rainbow Trout Fishing in Columbia River Tributaries on page 14. Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Director of Operations Mike Cibert wants let you know why he traded his deer tags for one to hunt the bear. in the Blue Mountains on page 18.

Additionally, columnist Kate Frey discusses how migrating beetles could be a gardener’s best friend this fall on page 21.

Jeff Petersen shows us around the Rusty Platforms and Hidden Gems in this month’s Day Tripper on page 24.

And as you venture out this fall, check out Steve Lenz’s tips for zooming in on landscape photography in Behind the Lenz on page 27.

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Good road!


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