Jason Jablonski and Sarah Barkley giving a presentation at last year’s event on good running form.

Everybody Out(doors) Day

What kind of nonsense is this… use National Outdoors Day (June 13) to go indoors so you can learn about the outdoors? The irony of this scheme is not lost on those of us 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, during Everybody Out(doors) Day, our local outdoor clubs, groups, stores, non-profits, agencies, and services will be indoors at the Pybus Public Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., informing local citizens about our bloom of outdoor opportunities.

We’ll be telling everyone milling around Pybus on June 13 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. Throughout the morning and early afternoon representatives from all different sectors of the outdoor world will be on call to help newcomers join our flock. We’ll have many activities, quizzes, talks, mini-workshops, equipment drawings, and more to engage visitors of all ages and dispositions. You’ll be able to:

Talk to representatives from such groups as the Wenatchee Row and Paddle Club, El Sendero Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Club, Wenatchee Velo, Arlberg Sports, Mission Ridge, WenatcheeOutdoors, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, Wenatchee Valley College, theWenatchee Valley Museum, Chelan County Search and Rescue, and the Leavenworth Mountain Association. Most of these tables will have associated activities –take a wildflower quiz, guess what’s in the pack of the well-prepared day hiker, guess the lengths (and take a map) of our different Foothills Trails, learn the best way to repair and best way to prevent flat tires, check out the best products for blister prevention, learn the best exercises to keep you in trail shape

Receive information about upcoming outdoor events, outings, classes, instructional workshops and more.

The event coincides with the start of summer vacation, so students and parents can use this as a one-stop opportunity to learn about summer camps and outdoor classes.

Enjoy 20- to 30-minute long mini workshops taking place every half hour between 10 a.m. and 3 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.

Witness the launch of the Everybody Out Campaign, a year-long effort all of us in the outdoor community are making to get everyone in the wider community out at least once hiking, biking, fishing, paddling, camping, horseback riding, birding, or hunting.

Finally, so that day is more about the outdoors than the indoors, come down to the event with a bike or walking shoes in the car.  After sampling the outdoor spectacle, take our advice and get outdoors on a loop of the Loop. While making the circuit of this paved, river-front trail, go slow and look out over the river and hills. What pulls on your heartstrings and which of the groups represented at Pybus connects to those heartstrings?

Alternately, drive over to Walla Walla Point Park and cap-off our event with an hour’s walk along the Loop and through the Horan Natural Area. Without traffic or technology to distract you, this is a surprisingly peaceful stroll taking you under big shade trees, exposing you to a flurry of birdlife, and letting you escape inside your head awhile. You’ll return feeling like body, mind, and soul all got a shot of pick-me-up.

Ultimately that’s why all of us connected with Everybody Out(doors) Day are willing to devote a Saturday indoors. We know from personal experience that the outdoors invigorates us on many levels. We know outdoor activities create community among those of us sharing these interests. We know our time outdoors enhances our lifestyle, our love of this place, and our desire to protect the qualities that make the Wenatchee Valley a prized place to live. In other words, we know what’s packed inside the punch of these outdoor activities, and we want them to knock you over as well.

This article was originally posted on 06/11/2015.

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