Skaters Welcome In Lewiston Idaho

Mtn. Dew Skate Park in Lewiston IdahoWho knew?

In a small North Central Idaho town in Idaho, there lies a little known, brand new, concrete mecca for skaters.  One of only three Idaho skateparks professionally designed and built by Grindline, the Mtn. Dew Skatepark is now open in Lewiston, Idaho.

I’m not a skater nor do I play one on TV but I do spend a lot of time walking my dog, Harvey (named for the Rabbit) on the Lewiston Levee by Kiwanis Park where the skatepark is located.  I have to tell you, it’s nothing short of amazing.

First, it’s HUGE!  As a parent, I’ve always been skiddish of the rocket-speeds and congestion that seem to gather in skateparks but there’s room for everyone in those bowls.  Second, it’s open and well-lit so riding doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down.  Third, it’s pretty to look at and fun to watch – I see parents watching young beginners in the upper bowl while the beginners watch more experienced skaters down below.  The smiles on everyone’s face says it all . . . “this place is great!”

Pack up the decks and come to Lewiston, Idaho – skaters are welcome here!

A Walk On The Wild Side

Nestled up in the Orchards of Lewiston, Idaho, is one of my most favorite spaces in the entire Lewis-Clark Valley – the Lewiston Wildlife Habitat.

There are five-acres of paved trails winding through a variety of trees, grasses and meadows that support wildlife I didn’t even know I could see here.   Canaries, hawks, deer, rabbits, tadpoles . . . and that was just on a Tuesday!   At each entrance, boxes are stocked with birding checklists and brochures for the 15-station, self-guided tour of habitat eco-systems and wildlife viewing at spots like the rock fountain and the Aspen colony.

Every season, the habitat offers something to enjoy – from underwater viewing of fish and frogs in the stream to birdwatching in the enclosed blind and rabbit watching in the meadow. Whatever the season, most of my time is spent at the pond. In the spring and summer, I love to sit on the small dock and watch the dragonflies in the cattails and the turtle on the lilypads. It’s where – in the dead of winter – my boyfriend proposed to me with snow falling on the barren, frozen water.  If there’s magic anywhere, it’s here.

There are other preserved nature areas in Lewiston, like the Ruth Modi Park Conservancy, but the Lewiston Wildlife Habitat has something special that draws me back for a walk on the wild side time and time again. Do yourself the favor and stop in – you can thank me later!

Ride Of Your Life Winners!

We sure appreciate your patience with this announcement – we’ve now contacted each winner and confirmed their ability to take the Ride Of Their Life Adventure.  So, without further ado . . . congratulations to:

  • Tyler Barkstrom of Spokane, WA, will enjoy the Ultimate Extreme Adventure Tour
  • Mary Kukowski of Missoula, MT, will enjoy the Historical Adventure Tour
  • Wendi Haught of Hayden, ID, will enjoy the Culinary Adventure Tour
  • Melissa Gephardt of Mountain Home, ID, will enjoy the Family Adventure Tour

If you weren’t one of the lucky four – you can still follow in their footsteps. Just head on over to Everlater and find the adventure itinerary of our choice. Happy adventuring!!

Back At Your Service

Lisa D. JenkinsDid you miss me?  I sure missed you and that’s what makes this announcement so exciting.  Today I, Lisa D. Jenkins, return as your online tour guide for all of the Lewiston, ID/Clarkston, WA valley at the north entrance to Hells Canyon.  I’m here to help you find and enjoy all things in, near and around the LC Valley!

  • Fountains to play in?  I dip my toes in regularly.
  • Directions?  I’ll get you there.
  • Excursions and diversions?  My specialty.
  • Can’t remember the name of that restaurant you loved but really want to eat there again?  I’ve got you covered.

Before, during and after your stay, I’m ready to help.  You can find me on Facebook (HellsCanyonVisitorBureau) and Twitter (@HellsCanyon), even here in the Comments.

Now, lets get started – what can I help you with?

Welcome, Michelle!

Good afternoon, everyone!  February is closing and that means my time here managing the online communities for Hells Canyon Visitor Bureau is at an end.   It’s a little sad for me, but it’s also very exciting to watch the team at HCVB move into the Tour Guide Seat with you, their online  friends and fans!

Beginning tomorrow, March 1, you’ll be getting all your Hells Canyon/LC Valley news and event information straight from HCVB Director Michelle Peters.  Michelle has been heading the HCVB for over 10 years.  A lover of all things outdoors and an accomplished fisherwoman, she can often be found by following her cries of “Fish on!” up and down the Snake, Clearwater and Grande Ronde rivers.  If you’ve got a question about visiting the LC Valley region, she can definitely answer it.  So rest easy, come see us soon, and say hello to Michelle :)

P.S. I’ll still be running amok on Twitter @LisaDJenkins and over onLisaDJenkins.com; drop in and say hello 🙂