South of the Border -- If you've ever camped at Sullivan Lake, driven to Canada through Metaline Falls, or followed the logging roads near Priest Lake, then you've probably had an eyeful of the Selkirks. Avid hiker and outdoors writer Dennis Nicholls has just finished the follow-up volume to his Trails of the Wild Cabinets, and now both experienced hikers and neophyte day-trailers can enjoy everything to be found in Trails of the Wild Selkirks.
Published by Sandpoint's Keokee Books, Trails of the Wild Selkirks is as much fun to read as it is plentiful in advice. We liked Nicholls' friendly and authoritative descriptions of each trail, and you gotta love a difficulty index that goes from "no sweat" to "buckets of sweat." Nicholls will be giving a lecture and slide show based on the most comprehensive trail guide ever published on the Selkirks tonight, Thursday, May 27, at 7 pm at REI.
Final Voyage -- When the Titanic sank beneath the icy waters of the North Atlantic on April 14, 1912, she carried with her six people who had all lived for a time in Spokane. Even stranger was the connection among them. In 1910, John H. Chapman, an employee of Fairmount Cemetery, buried William Rice, who was killed in a rail accident. Rice's widow Margaret moved her children back to Ireland after his death. In the meantime, Chapman had returned to England to marry his childhood sweetheart. All booked passage on the maiden voyage of the Titanic - Chapman for his honeymoon and the Rice family to return to the States - and the rest, as they say, is history.
This weekend the Heritage Funeral Home & amp; Crematory, 508 N. Government Way, recreates the events of that fateful night with a Memorial Day exhibit that recreates not only the Southampton dock from which the Titanic sailed, but the ice-cold temperatures of the North Atlantic the night of the sinking. Visitors can also check out a display of military memorabilia, a classic car show, and on Sunday night, a 6 pm concert with the Spokane Brass Works. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and stay for complimentary ice cream. For more information, call 838-8900.
Heads Up -- We have no idea how it got here so fast but Artfest is just a little more than a week away. Look for our special pullout guide -- highlighting not only the artists and live music schedule but also the location of the MAC's hot dog cart -- in next week's issue of The Inlander. And don't forget to stop by our booth at Arfest, where you can pick up passes to a special screening of The Terminal with Tom Hanks and play our Inland Northwest trivia game.