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Andy Dappen | Get out! Pybus event will showcase area’s plethora of outdoor activities

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wenatcheeoutdoors.org The Loop Trail is a perfect place to spend time on National Outdoors Day.

What kind of nonsense is this ... use National Outdoors Day (June 14) to go indoors so you can learn about the outdoors?

The irony of this scheme is not lost on we who proselytize about the outdoors, and yet if we want to convert the huddled masses who are not yet initiated to the church of the outdoors, then to the indoors we must go.

That’s why local outdoor club, groups, stores, non-profits, agencies and services will be indoors at the Pybus Public Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 14 telling local citizens how easily they can get outdoors and how many opportunities there are to explore the outdoor world around the Wenatchee Valley.

We’ll be telling the locals milling around Pybus that the hills, mountains, rivers and trails of Central Washington make this area one of the country’s great outdoor places — which is nothing but the God’s honest truth. I’ll also be contending that those of you who don’t take advantage of the outdoor bounty surrounding us are downright crazy. I consider this to be the God’s honest truth, too, but it’s quite possible these are the subjective ravings of a recreational wingnut.

Anyway, throughout the morning and early afternoon of June 14 (National Get Outdoors Day, remember) our local outdoor contingency composed of such groups as the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club, El Sendero Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Club, Wenatchee Velo, Arlberg Sports, Mission Ridge, Wenatchee Outdoors, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Wenatchee Valley College, the Wenatchee Valley Museum, Chelan County Mountain Search and Rescue, Leavenworth Mountain Association and more will all be present at Pybus for the First Annual Get Out(doors)Day. We’ll have many activities, quizzes, talks, mini-workshops and drawings to engage visitors of all ages and dispositions. Here’s what you can expect:

Tables represented by and with information about the organizations mentioned above. Most of these tables will have activities associated with them — take a wildflower quiz, guess what’s in the pack of the well-prepared day hiker, guess the lengths (and then take a map) of our different Foothills Trails, learn the best way to fix and best way to prevent flat tires, check out the best products for blister prevention, learn several of the best home exercises to keep you in trail shape ...

Most tables will also house information about upcoming outdoor events, outings, classes, instructional workshops and more, if you want to actually get outdoors this summer. As this event actually coincides with the first weekend schools are on summer vacation, students and parents alike might appreciate this one-stop shopping opportunity to learn about summer camps, outdoor classes, outings and outdoor races.

Next, we’ll have 20- to 30-minute long mini-workshops taking place every half hour between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the stage near the main entrance to the market. Talks will vary from technique demonstrations to gear maintenance clinics to first-aid tips to tips on where to go to gear comparisons.

Finally, while down at Pybus, don’t forget to take our advice and actually get out. Bring a bike or inline skates down to the market with you and, after sampling our outdoor spectacle, make a loop of the Loop afterwards. Or head to Arlberg Sports at Pybus (now at the south end of market) and rent a bike for your loop. While making the circuit, stop for half an hour to walk the trails through the Horan Natural between Walla Walla Point Park and Confluence State Park. In truth you’re just at the edge of the city here, but the feel of the place is much different. You’ll feel like you’re outside of the city in a far wilder setting.

Particularly for newcomers to outdoor activities, this is an excellent first step into our church and opening your eyes to the many wonders beyond the confining walls of the indoors.

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