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Thunder boomed as would be swimmers stood knee-high in the Columbia River today, awaiting the starting signal for the Righteous Richland Sprint Triathlon.  The thunder and ominous clouds coupled with a threatening weather report was enough for race organizer Eric Graegor to cancel the swimming leg of the triathlon. Three Rivers Road Runners sponsored the […]

How do you keep your doggy hydrated when your on the trail in these hot days of summer?  First, I saw this on the Badger Mountain Canyon trail the other day.  I was particularly gratified because this couple was following the law and had their beautiful dog on a leash! They stopped for a break at […]

I made a stop at Amon Creek Preserve today.  I had noticed the hike listing had become corrupted so it was missing some details.  I decided to go back and redo the hike since I have a lot of inquiries on Amon Creek Preserve.  I was so glad I did, I was rewarded with some […]

I can’t believe I haven’t been on Badger Mountain since the Badger Mountain Challenge!  I am almost embarrassed by this! I’ve been busy with college classes, going on lots of bicycle rides, recovering from shoulder surgery.  Yes, I have lots of excuses but I just need to make time for myself and my family and […]

You probably won’t be bothered by ticks on Badger Mountain or on desert hikes like Wallula or White Bluffs.  The main areas of concern are Bateman Island, Chamna, Zintel Canyon and other areas with trees and brush.  To prevent ticks on yourself, wear long-sleeved shirts with high collars, pants tucked into your boots or socks […]

I had the pleasure of taking a group of Boy Scouts to the top of Badger Mountain.  We all had a great time, everyone got to the top and saw the last remnants of the sunset.  Some of them seemed to appreciate the wildflowers that are out in force right now. We took a break […]

I was just up on Badger Mountain and the wildflowers are going crazy!  The recent rainfall and sunshine have turned the mountain into a colorful painting with magnificent flowers.  If you’ve never been on Badger Mountain, now is the perfect time.  The only warning is come prepared with a jacket and hat and gloves as […]

What an exciting day on Badger Mountain! Kudos to Brandon Lott and Scott Conrad from the Runner’s Soul for organizing such a great event to not only support the Friends of Badger Mountain but to encourage people to get outside and be more active (see the Mission of hiketricities.com on the front page). I caught […]

I’m sure glad there are people like Kat Shaddix out there watching out for Hanford information screw ups like me!  I recently wrote this blog post about nuclear reactors being stored at Hanford, turns out I was WRONG.  They aren’t reactors at all but reactor compartments!  I’m sorry if I misinformed anyone but I got this […]