8 New Year Resolutions for Your Adventurous Life

Some may say that New Year resolutions are silly, but they are tradition for a reason. The New Year brings closure to the past and is an exciting time to set new goals and intentions for your family and yourself. On your list should be a few small ones and perhaps one or two more ambitious ones. Here are 8 New Year resolutions to be your best badass self in 2020.

  1. Smile at everyone. There is a reason you feel fabulous after a good hike. Everyone is smiling, you’re reaping the benefits of tree bathing, and most everyone says hello, or yo, or some sort of greeting with a smile. Extend this to the rest of your days and wallah! Pure joy. For you and others.
  2. Speak Up about Leave No Trace. The land is in peril. We can all do our part to keep it beautiful for others and still enjoy the resources, environment, and places we enjoy. Be brave when you see someone trashing the earth or simply throwing their banana peel into the woods after a quick snack break on an adventure. Leave No Trace!
  3. Visit one new place. Sit down with friends and family and ask them where they have been last year and why they liked it. You might be surprised with what you hear. Write it down. Make this a bucket list and put it on your fridge! Add it to your calendar and make it happen. Visiting a new place is a refreshing and rejuvenating experience, even if it isn’t very far away. Inquiry perk: You’ll learn things about your friends you never knew at the same time.
  4. Volunteer one day of work. Nonprofits, adopt a highway, churches, and outdoor groups need your help. Time is a valuable resource that is often needed the most. Devote one day this year to helping out. Not only will they benefit, but they’ll get some good PR with your facebook and social media posts and you’ll keep that feel good attitude for weeks!
  5. Try a New Outdoor Activity. Resolve to spend more time outdoors. Your serotonin levels will thank you and getting a good dose of Vitamin D helps! Peruse your local outdoor groups and join an outing or experience for little to no cost. You could meet your new best friend or discover something you didn’t know you had in you. Whitewater Rafting, Hiking, Biking, Fishing, and more await your senses. It also naturally helps your libido and attitude.
  6. Bring a Trash Bag on EVERY hike or adventure. Our six year old and youngest adventure buff always stuffs one in his bag. Trash is everywhere and it makes an exponential difference. You’d be surprised how fast this tradition spreads on the hiking trails in the Northwest. Joy and kindness spreads faster than Santa at lightning speed. Reuse those grocery bags!
  7. Buy a BEAUTIFUL REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE. Plastic bottles are everywhere, even being made into artworks and homes these days. Buy everyone you know and yourself a spectacular one you love using, cover it with stickers, whatever you need to do, but save the plastic for something other than your water intake. This is probably our favorite New Year Resolution.
  8. Have fun with a NEW MICROADVENTURE. Here at our adventure company, we specialize in microadventures. Otherwise known as day trips, weekend warriors, or the short and sweet after work outing, microadventures make everyone a badass. It’s simple. Pop a few bucks in a jar and keep the change and dollars rolling or devote one day a week or one day every two weeks to exploring your surroundings as a hot New Year Resolution ~ It doesn’t have to be far. You’d be surprised what you might be overlooking in the few hours circumference around your own home. Not only is it easy, but is an amazing boost to your year.

There you have it. From all of us here in the adventure office, we wish you joy and exciting times ahead. Adventure on with these 8 New Year Resolutions that we hope you love and come back to year after year. @cda-adventures #outdoornewyearresolutions #newyearsresolutionsforeveryone #cdaadventures


Hiking Coeur d’Alene Idaho

Hiking Coeur d’Alene Idaho is a great energizing activity during vacation. Wondering what to do during the springtime when the water is still muddled for fishing and the rivers are running too high to raft? Springtime is a great time of year to get outside and hike. Horseback riding also usually gets going around mid-May. Late may kayaking and rafting season begins and fishing can be excellent.

Springtime is the best time to go hiking in Coeur d’Alene! The peak of the tourist season is yet to arrive and therefore the hiking trails are less busy, but gorgeous from all the blooming plants. You are also more likely to see active creatures and wildlife bustling here and there as they are just as excited about the nice weather after a long winter as we are.

Where to go?

Mineral Ridge, Tubbs Hill, and Farragut State Park are the best places in our area to hike. For a stroll along the lake, start at Coeur d’Alene Park and walk along the CDA Lake beaches in either direction.

TUBBS HILL

A not to miss activity while vacationing in our area is the gorgeous hike around Tubbs Hill that has great views of Lake Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho!  Tubbs Hill is close to downtown Coeurd’alene.  It’s actually accessed by the parking lot that is adjacent to the Coeur d’Alene Resort or McEuen Park. It is located near our award winning library and along E. Front Avenue.  Parking is free by the library! CDA Adventures loves taking this hike.  It is quick, easy and has great views.  If you have any questions, please email or contact us at Coeur d’Alene Adventures: 208-918-2082.

For more information: Tubbs Hill Information

MINERAL RIDGE

Looking for a great hike in the Coeur d’Alene area? Just 10 minute drive around the east bay of the lake along I90 take the Wolf Lodge Exit to get on Scenic Hwy 97. You’ll see your Mineral Ridge Parking Area sign after 5  minutes! Free, beautiful, and a popular hike, Mineral Ridge is a 3.3-mile trail that winds up and down a great stretch of Beauty Bay. Construction began in 1963. The trail offers beautiful views of Lake Coeur d’Alene and has a diverse and beautiful canopy for shade cover for much of the trek. If you have any questions, please email or contact us at Coeur d’Alene Adventures: 208-918-2082.

For more information: Mineral Ridge Information

FARRAGUT STATE PARK

 


River Etiquette

Ethics and River Etiquette for River Recreationists

Coeur d’Alene Country and North Idaho’s rivers and streams are among our state’s greatest assets. Read here how you can help maintain them during use.

As recreational use on and near Idaho’s river resources continues to grow, different river user groups (fishing, floating, tubing, camping, etc.) are encountering each other more frequently. This can lead to conflict between users or a perception of river crowding.

Access sites and boat launches are receiving more traffic and at times are congested. In some cases, river users are not respectful of private land, causing tension between river users and landowners. Additionally, increasing recreational use of rivers is placing pressure on natural resources and resulting in problems such as litter, human waste, and vegetation degradation.

It is crucial for river users to work together to protect our rivers.

Here is a list of river ethics and etiquette to follow so that we can all enjoy Idaho’s great river resources and help protect the recreational experience and the resource.

Be READY
Be ready to float before you get on the ramp.
Organize gear and load boats before approaching the ramp.
Inflate and rig rafts away from the ramp.
Be aware of the space available at the launch area and use only what you need.
Rig and unrig fishing rods away from the ramp.
Once in the water, clear the launch area as soon as possible.
When taking out, leave

BE POLITE
Profanity and obnoxious behavior is inappropriate and offensive.
Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous—be responsible when drinking alcohol on and around the river.
Be discrete when changing clothing.
Keep dogs under control and on a leash.
Encounters and group size affect the river experience

COMMUNICATE
Be prepared for encounters with other river users.
Be friendly and communicate when encountering others on the river.
River crowding is often attributed to encounters with other floaters—keep your group size and number of watercraft to a minimum.
Using firearms in a river corridor can be hazardous and disturbing to others. During hunting season, remember that others may be using the river.
Give space to other river users and remember your river etiquette.

FISH and ANGLERS NEED SPACE
Give anglers wide berth to avoid floating through the area they are fishing.
If it is impossible to avoid floating through the area someone is fishing, politely explain your situation and apologize for the intrusion.
Attempt to keep out of sight of other boaters and anglers.
Don’t monopolize a fishing hole. Fish for awhile and move on.
Give anglers wide berth to avoid floating through the area they are fishing.

YIELD TO THE PEDESTRIAN
Non-motorized watercraft usually have the right-of-way over powerboats.
Non-motorized watercraft should yield the deeper channel to powerboats, which require a deeper channel to navigate safely.
Powerboats should use no-wake speeds when passing non-motorized watercraft and wade anglers.
Paddlers ‘surfing’ on a wave should yield to ‘through boaters.’

LEAVE NO TRACE
Practice ‘Leave No Trace’ river ethics.
Know river skills and carry the necessary equipment to minimize your impact.
Don’t leave your trash—Pack it in-Pack it out.
Use existing restrooms or pack out human waste and toilet paper with a portable toilet.
Avoid using the streambed as a pathway and instead—walk along the shoreline within the high water mark.
Observe wildlife from a distance.
Camp in designated campsites.
Do not build rock fire rings—use designated fire rings or a fire pan.
Always be mindful of fire danger and make sure campfires are dead out before leaving.
Respect private land along the river.
Know your rights and responsibilities under the Stream Access Law.
Stay below the ordinary high water mark.
Respect private property, don’t trespass.
Keep dogs on a leash and under control.
Respect ranchers’ needs for fencing, and learn how to use float gates and portage routes.
Leave gates as you find them.
Obtain permission before camping or recreating on private property.

We at Coeur d’Alene Adventures know you will do your best and doing that will ensure that we are able to continue recreating on our rivers and open spaces.