National Get Outdoors Day is Saturday, and local outdoor groups will be congregating at Pybus Public Market between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. to give you a sampling of outdoor opportunities around the Wenatchee Valley.
Tables manned by different outdoor groups will feature materials to learn from and activities to test you. Also, presentations taking place every half hour on center stage will teach you more about hiking, trail running, paddling, biking and training for all of this lunacy. The schedule for those presentations is as follows:
- 9:10-9:40 a.m.: WenatcheeOutdoors — What’s in the pack?
- 9:40-10:10 a.m.: WSU Extension — Experiential Learning.
- 10:15-10:45 a.m.: SET Coaching — Running Skills & Drills.
- 10:45-11:15 a.m.: Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club — Ergometers Rowing Demonstration.
- 11:15-11:45 a.m.: Inner Circle Gym — The Importance of Recovery.
- 11:45-12:15 a.m.: Chelan County Mountain Rescue — Belay Demo.
- 12:15-12:45 a.m.: RunWenatchee — Trail Running 101.
- 12:45 -1:15 a.m.: Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance — Dreaming Big, Upcoming Trail Projects.
Because the Pybus event packs up early in the afternoon, you’ll still have eight hours of daylight to get outdoors and practice what these groups preach. However, if you feel like heading straight outdoors without the Pybus pit stop, check out these opportunities also happening on National Get Outdoors Day:
Washington State Park Free Days. In honor of National Get Outdoors Day, go to any state park on Saturday without bothering to grab your Discover Pass or without paying the day fee. This is a skinny-wallet day to visit Confluence, Squilchuck, Peshastin Pinnacles, Daroga or Lake Wenatchee state parks.
Bike N’ Juice Festival. While this may be the tamer version of the traditional Bike & Brews fest, there is fun for adults and kids alike. The ride heads up, down and around the Leavenworth Ski Hill. The barbecue lunch, juice and cookies at the end may pack on as many calories as the bike takes off, but hard exertion needs its rewards, right? Details: adventurewenatchee.com/event/bike-n-juice-festival/#sthash.UcMZ4tz7.dpuf
Winthrop Traverse. The first race in the Recreation Northwest traverse series is kicking off in Winthrop on Get Outdoors Day. The traverse combines running, mountain biking, paddlin and road biking in one event around Sun Mountain. Compete sensibly with a team or trash yourself going it alone. Details at recreationnorthwest.org/winthrop-traverse/
Get Outdoors Adventure Awaits Expo. For those heading west for the weekend, stop by the Adventure Awaits Expo in Olympia. This expo, organized by Washington State Parks and held on Capital Campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is a larger version of our local Get Out(doors) Day held at Pybus. Gov. Inslee will join the adoring crowds all day and give a speech later in the afternoon. Details at wspf.org/
Mountain Bike Demos and Cycle Sundays. These two cycling events actually take place on Sunday. That’s the first day of the new Get Outdoors year, so they obviously qualify for this list. If you want to try a variety of new mountain bikes with no obligation to buy, head up to the Horse Lake Trailhead and try as many bikes as you can between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Arlberg will bring the bikes, you bring the thighs. For a mellower jaunt on a bike, join the Cycle Sundays group that meets at Pybus at noon and circles the loop. These rides occur every Sunday in June, follow a casual pace, are suited to families and have an expert along to attend to any equipment failures.