Summer Bucketlist: Climb Higher, Ride Longer

Summer Guide 2019

click to enlarge A climber near Minnehaha Park. - QUINN WELSCH PHOTO
Quinn Welsch photo
A climber near Minnehaha Park.

As a parent, a lot of my summer goals will likely revolve around getting my two toddlers out of the house for some bite-sized adventures. We all love to hike and scramble and splash around, but this year I'll be looking to push us a bit more.

My little ones love to swing around on plastic holds on the bouldering wall and clamber over rocks in the park, but I am excited to harness them up this summer on some nice mellow top-roping at Minnehaha or Cliff Drive. We'll see how the kids — and my wife — handle the climbing higher off the ground.

We got a bike trailer for the kids last year and mostly do small loops around town. I would like to try out some longer rides along the Centennial Trail or Lake Coeur d'Alene. Before too long, the kids will have their own bikes and I will have to try to keep up with their pace. But not yet.

Personally, I would love to spend a couple days camped on the banks of the St. Joe River in North Idaho casting flies for eager cutthroat. It's been a couple years since I made it down to one of our region's finest trout streams, but it never seems to disappoint — even a rusty, out-of-practice angler like me.

If the kids come along for that trip, that's fine too.

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Jacob Jones

Staff writer Jacob Jones covers criminal justice, natural resources, military issues and organized labor for the Inlander.