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Back in Bangkok!

After a year in the United States enjoying the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, we are back in Bangkok, Thailand. We will continue to share some of our travels in Asia.

Our shipment is arriving in September with our whitewater kayaks, kayaking equipment, and hiking/mountaineering gear. The goal is to paddle as many of the whitewater rivers in Thailand as possible. We are also looking forward to hiking in Thailand and some of our favorite countries. We are currently planning a Taiwan backpacking trip in October. We were late in filing for a permit, so we are on a waiting list and may have to settle for some of the spectacular day hikes near Taipei.

We spent our year in the United States in Spokane Valley, Washington. We absolutely loved it! I cannot think of a better place to live for someone that loves serious outdoor adventures. With all four seasons being very distinct, there were opportunities for whitewater kayaking, hiking, off-road motorcycling, ice-fishing, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain-biking, and much more. Many of the activities were very short drives. We could easily kayak, hike, snowshoe, and ice-fish just 15 minutes from our apartment!

We had a very busy year trying to fit in everything that we wanted to do. We left many of the adventures we would like to do undone and look forward to our next visit. We did not even tap into any of the many multi-day river trips available. With everything so close, we were able to be active throughout the week and had little incentive to stray too far from home. As a result, we tended to repeat some of the same paddling trips, ice-fishing trips and hiking/snowshoeing trips.

Some of our favorite activities that we did during our year in Spokane Valley, Washington were:

Hiking

Upper Priest River Trail 308, Idaho
  • Antoine Peak Conservation Area, East Trailhead @ 47.729592,-117.144145
  • Antoine Peak Conservation Area, West Trailhead @ 47.72199,-117.1954
  • Dishman Hills Natural Area @ 47.65466,-117.289577
  • English Point Yellow Loop, Idaho @ 47.787566,-116.710518
  • Iller Creek Hike @ 47.601712,-117.281799
  • Liberty Lake Loop @ 47.637078,-117.060537
  • Liberty Lake West Trailhead @ 47.631285,-117.072586
  • Little Spokane River Natural Area, Knothead Loop @ 47.782733,-117.49629
  • McKenzie Conservation Area @ 47.801063,-117.120526
  • Mica Peak @ 47.5824,-117.113
  • Mineral Ridge, Idaho @ 47.615463,-116.679211
  • Mt Spokane State Park, Quartz Mountain @ 47.90391,-117.099451
  • Mt. Spokane State Park, Hay Ridge Loop @ 47.90402,-117.124344
  • Mt. Spokane State Park, Mt. Kit Carson Trail @ 47.917034,-117.122403
  • Riverside State Park, Bowl and Pitcher @ 47.695424,-117.494019
  • Rocks of Sharon @ 47.57011,-117.288716
  • Saltese Flats, Uplands Loop @ 47.643777,-117.13137
  • Saltese Flats, Summit Loop @ 47.643777,-117.13137
  • Tubb’s Hill, Idaho @ 47.667555,-116.772301
  • Upper Priest River Trail 308, Idaho @ 48.897706,-116.966339

Ice-fishing

Gillette Lake, Colville National Forest
  • Forth of July Lake @ 47.268878,-117.967361
  • Gillette Lake, Colville National Forest @ 48.61355,-117.544911
  • Hog Canyon Lake @ 47.377093,-117.802671
  • Liberty Lake @ 47.645175,-117.078158
  • Newman Lake @ 47.771632,-117.081379

Ice Skating

Riverfront Park Ice Ribbon
  • Riverfront Park Ice Ribbon @ 47.660305,-117.421769

Kayaking (GPS is Take-Out)

Saint Maries River, The Loops Canyon, Idaho
  • Spokane River, Barker to Sullivan @ 47.674247,-117.197369
  • Spokane River, Harvard to Plantes Ferry @ 47.698673,-117.243873
  • Spokane River, Peaceful Valley to TJ Menach @ 47.681438,-117.455074
  • Spokane River, Peaceful Valley to Water Treatment @ 47.696952,-117.479225
  • Spokane River, Stateline to Plantes Ferry @ 47.698673,-117.243873
  • Spokane River, TJ Menach to Water Treatment @ 47.696952,-117.479225
  • Saint Maries River, The Loops Canyon, Idaho @ 47.307194,-116.5419

Mountain Biking

Hiawatha Trail, Idaho
  • Hiawatha Trail, Idaho @ 47.396377,-115.635422

Off-Road Motorcycle Riding

Riverside State Park, Seven Mile ORV Park
  • Liberty Lake ORV Park @ 47.637638,-117.053939
  • Riverside State Park, Seven Mile ORV Park @ 47.739563,-117.544041

Snowshoeing

Antoine Peak Conservation Area, East Trailhead
  • Antoine Peak Conservation Area, East Trailhead @ 47.729592,-117.144145
  • McKenzie Conservation Area @ 47.801063,-117.120526
  • Mt Spokane State Park, Entrance Loop @ 47.888074,-117.125752
  • Mt Spokane State Park, Mt Spokane Summit Route @ 47.904857,-117.102961
  • Pulaski Tunnel Trail, Idaho @ 47.459238,-115.935091

Skiing – Cross-Country

Mt Spokane State Park, Nordic Trails
  • Mt Spokane State Park, Nordic Trails @ 47.90391,-117.099451

Skiing – Downhill

Silver Mountain Ski Resort, Idaho
  • 49° North Mountain Resort @ 48.301097,-117.562916
  • Silver Mountain Ski Resort, Idaho @ 47.540718,-116.133171

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about visiting or moving to the Spokane WA / Coeur d’Alene ID area. We love the region and plan to return! It is truly an outdoor lover’s paradise.

*Disclaimer- ALWAYS verify locations, transportation routes, GPS coordinates, etc. Errors are made, routes changed, sometimes we are just plain wrong. No one knows what you like more than you. If the trip is worth doing, it is worth doing right! Do your homework.