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There are many voices who tell interesting and impactful stories about recreating throughout the Blue Mountain region. Whenever we find a new opportunity to play in the wild or captivating information about our area, we will share it with you through the Adventures blog series. Grow Them Wild offers ideas about how to engage kids in nature, and Campering recounts our experiences exploring the Pacific Northwest and beyond in a camper. Our hope is that these stories foster a deeper connection with nature and inspire you to find your next adventure.

Meet the Team | Steve Dildine userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

Greetings everyone. My name is Steve Dildine, and I am Outside Walla Walla’s President of Research & Discovery. Thank you for taking a moment out of your busy day to learn more about me and what I do for…

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The Struggle is Real userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Steve has a shirt that says, “the struggle is real,” in reference to a Tyrannosaurus Rex trying to do a push-up, pull-up, and bench press. I gave it to him for Christmas as a funny nod to his profession…

Read More
Happy Tails, Until We Meet Again userBy Gwen Dildine user2 Comments

This Earth Day, we lost a part of our world, our beloved German Shepherd, Seren. Reflecting on over eleven years wandering the Pacific Northwest with her, I realized that she and her brother, Micah, were likely the reason I…

Read More
Meet the Team | Gwen Dildine userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The Walla Walla Union Bulletin recently featured 39 Under 39 highlighting young professionals who are energizing the Walla Walla Valley. I am honored that I was included in this recent feature. Reading about all the wonderful people doing great…

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Way Outside Walla Walla | A Rocky (Mountain) Adventure userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

In 2018, our annual trip included some new adventures mixed with some old favorites. The kids are old enough to both travel greater distances and remember the adventure, at least some of the highlights. Yellowstone National Park was picked…

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Common Ground userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The new year always feels like an opportunity to start fresh, to make different choices, to try something new. I am going to assume that you too have embarked on a fair amount of soul searching this year trying…

Read More
Outdoor REC: Winter Edition userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Bluewood opened this weekend! The Horseshoe Prairie Nordic Ski Area is freshly groomed! The forecast calls for snow! The Blues are a winter wonderland of outdoor recreation possibilities. Because of our diverse geology and perfect position at the base…

Read More
Recreation Therapy userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

I doubt anyone needs a reminder that 2020 is bursting with stress: natural disaster, pandemic, and humanity doing ourselves no favors for too many reasons to list. I’m amazed that we all haven’t headed for the hills! Actually, that…

Read More
REPOST 48 Hours in Walla Walla: Fall in Love userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The world could use a little more love. One of the ways we share the love is through this site. As we continue to work on adding more activities and embark on our biannual review of the site, we…

Read More
Into the WILD-erness userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

Grab your pack, load it with the essentials (navigation, shelter, clothing, water, and food), and venture out into the wild for a weekend trip. Seems simple, right, but it’s not always easy. I’ve gone camping for 30 years–tent and…

Read More
Just for fun (and a sweatshirt)! userBy Gwen Dildine user1 Comments

Can you believe it is May? I’m not in touch with my feelings enough to really analyze how I am doing. I seem to find deeper meaning in movie quotes that provide sanity and a sense of calm. I…

Read More
A Wild Time userBy Gwen Dildine user7 Comments

By now I’m sure everyone is royally unimpressed with 2020, and I really hope it rallies and we can all make “in hindsight” jokes on the flip side of all this. After sitting around the fire pit and listening…

Read More
Social Distancing with a View userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

There is no doubt we are all a little stressed right now. One can only take so much uncertainty. The Outside Walla Walla crew think we have a good suggestion–try a dose of social distancing with a view! As…

Read More
Outdoor REC: Winter Edition userBy Gwen Dildine user1 Comments

After sleeping with the windows open for a second night, I decided I better not wait for the weather to act its season and go ahead and write about a few of the outdoor recreation, winter edition, activities that…

Read More
Wild Mystery: A Day in Dayton userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Most of the time we have a plan. We’ve researched, studied maps, and have an itinerary. That is definitely one way to learn about our area. Much can be gained, however, by not having the foggiest idea what to…

Read More
48 Hours in Walla Walla: Fall in Love userBy Gwen Dildine user2 Comments

The best time of the year has arrived. I feel strongly about that despite the fact that I age on the spookiest day of the year. I love fall–the changing colors, the justification of my love of all things…

Read More
School and Soccer and Sun, Oh My! userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

It is a busy time of year. I get that. I’m currently writing this on the second night of school realizing I forgot bath time. I love late summer, early fall. Every morning you can feel incremental change–the light,…

Read More
Unplug & Connect userBy Gwen Dildine user1 Comments

Traveling with small children is challenging. You would think there is enough Pirate Booty in the world to get you to your desired destination in peace, but often bathroom breaks, meltdowns about dropped Pirate Booty, and fatigue can make…

Read More
Be Camper Prepared userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

We would like to echo the Scout motto and suggest that being prepared is a wise investment of time and money. With the purchase of our camper, a few accessories were included in the sale. The dealer offered a…

Read More
The Camper Learning Curve userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

There we were, sitting in the office of the dealership signing all the paperwork. As we took care of the particulars, our camper was prepped and loaded onto our truck. After planning adventures for weeks, we were ready to…

Read More
48 Hours in Walla Walla: River, River userBy wonderboy user0 Comments

The summer months have flown by and before you know it school will be starting. We hope you’ve been spending all the time that you can in the outdoors, exploring with friends and family. With August here, all of…

Read More
Every Camper Needs a Truck userBy Steve Dildine user1 Comments

We haul our camper atop a 2015 Ford F-350 4×4, crew cab, single rear wheel, long bed with the camper package and a 6.2 liter gas engine. That was a heck of a sentence, and, yes, you read that…

Read More
48 Hours in the Blue Mountains: Many Waters userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

You might not think about eastern Washington or Oregon as a go-to destination for water sports, but the land of many waters certainly has some unique opportunities to satisfy your inner rafter, kayaker, or paddleboarder. Bordered by two iconic…

Read More
Deciding to Camper userBy Steve Dildine user1 Comments

We literally spent years debating about whether or not we should jump on the Go RVing bandwagon. Considering everything from a giant fifth wheel to pop up tents, we have seen it all. In an effort to save you…

Read More
48 Hours in Walla Walla: Spring Into June userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Almost time to tear another page off the family calendar, June is right around the corner. We get it–you are busy. School is ending, it’s time to close second quarter at work, and all your vacation plans are likely…

Read More
48 Hours in Walla Walla: May Flowers userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The sun is shining; the Dogwoods are blooming; and the flood warnings have finally subsided. Winter hasn’t quite relinquished to spring at higher elevations. Trust us, we miscalculated conditions at the end of April and tried to camp perched…

Read More
10 Things To Do Outside Right Now userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Spring is here, and we have budding trees and flowers to prove it! We finally put up our snowshoes, and Ski Bluewood went out with a bash. It was a great year for winter sports, but alas it is…

Read More
Outdoor Rec Meets In-Town Fun userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

For locals and visitors alike, Lewis & Clark Trail State Park is a great way to spend a night out of town. Just 30 minutes northeast of downtown Walla Walla along Highway 12, this 36-acre park is bordered by…

Read More
Why a camper? userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Before I profess my love and borderline obsession with our Lance 850 camper, it is important to reflect on our decision making journey. I call it a journey because it spanned almost five years, involved multiple emotional roller coasters,…

Read More
Fun at the Base of the Blues userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The West Tiger Creek Trail checks off many appealing qualities of a leisurely few hours outdoors, such as proximity and accessibility. Follow Mill Creek Road east toward the watershed entrance and enjoy iconic views of the Blue Mountains kissed…

Read More
Into the Wilderness userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

In the blink of an hour, it is amazing just how different the terrain can look. Starting in Walla Walla, surrounded by rolling wheat fields, the drive south offers some of my favorite views paralleling the Blue Mountains. Passing…

Read More
Create Lasting Memories userBy Gwen Dildine user1 Comments

Whenever Steve and I share stories with our kids about our childhoods, we tend to reflect on moments playing outside. For me, growing up on a small farm in Texas offered a heck of a playground–a small pond to…

Read More
Oklahomans Meet Oregon userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The South Fork of the Walla Walla Trail and Harris Park will always top my list of recommended areas to explore. The word iconic comes to mind. We always take family who visit from the south here because it…

Read More
Way Outside Walla Walla | A Rocky (Mountain) Adventure userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

In 2018, our annual trip included some new adventures mixed with some old favorites. The kids are old enough to both travel greater distances and remember the adventure, at least some of the highlights. Yellowstone National Park was picked…

Read More
Be Camper Prepared userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

We would like to echo the Scout motto and suggest that being prepared is a wise investment of time and money. With the purchase of our camper, a few accessories were included in the sale. The dealer offered a…

Read More
The Camper Learning Curve userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

There we were, sitting in the office of the dealership signing all the paperwork. As we took care of the particulars, our camper was prepped and loaded onto our truck. After planning adventures for weeks, we were ready to…

Read More
Every Camper Needs a Truck userBy Steve Dildine user1 Comments

We haul our camper atop a 2015 Ford F-350 4×4, crew cab, single rear wheel, long bed with the camper package and a 6.2 liter gas engine. That was a heck of a sentence, and, yes, you read that…

Read More
Deciding to Camper userBy Steve Dildine user1 Comments

We literally spent years debating about whether or not we should jump on the Go RVing bandwagon. Considering everything from a giant fifth wheel to pop up tents, we have seen it all. In an effort to save you…

Read More
48 Hours in Walla Walla: Spring Into June userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Almost time to tear another page off the family calendar, June is right around the corner. We get it–you are busy. School is ending, it’s time to close second quarter at work, and all your vacation plans are likely…

Read More
Outdoor Rec Meets In-Town Fun userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

For locals and visitors alike, Lewis & Clark Trail State Park is a great way to spend a night out of town. Just 30 minutes northeast of downtown Walla Walla along Highway 12, this 36-acre park is bordered by…

Read More
Why a camper? userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Before I profess my love and borderline obsession with our Lance 850 camper, it is important to reflect on our decision making journey. I call it a journey because it spanned almost five years, involved multiple emotional roller coasters,…

Read More
Meet the Team | Steve Dildine userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

Greetings everyone. My name is Steve Dildine, and I am Outside Walla Walla’s President of Research & Discovery. Thank you for taking a moment out of your busy day to learn more about me and what I do for…

Read More
The Struggle is Real userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Steve has a shirt that says, “the struggle is real,” in reference to a Tyrannosaurus Rex trying to do a push-up, pull-up, and bench press. I gave it to him for Christmas as a funny nod to his profession…

Read More
Happy Tails, Until We Meet Again userBy Gwen Dildine user2 Comments

This Earth Day, we lost a part of our world, our beloved German Shepherd, Seren. Reflecting on over eleven years wandering the Pacific Northwest with her, I realized that she and her brother, Micah, were likely the reason I…

Read More
Meet the Team | Gwen Dildine userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The Walla Walla Union Bulletin recently featured 39 Under 39 highlighting young professionals who are energizing the Walla Walla Valley. I am honored that I was included in this recent feature. Reading about all the wonderful people doing great…

Read More
Way Outside Walla Walla | A Rocky (Mountain) Adventure userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

In 2018, our annual trip included some new adventures mixed with some old favorites. The kids are old enough to both travel greater distances and remember the adventure, at least some of the highlights. Yellowstone National Park was picked…

Read More
Common Ground userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The new year always feels like an opportunity to start fresh, to make different choices, to try something new. I am going to assume that you too have embarked on a fair amount of soul searching this year trying…

Read More
Outdoor REC: Winter Edition userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Bluewood opened this weekend! The Horseshoe Prairie Nordic Ski Area is freshly groomed! The forecast calls for snow! The Blues are a winter wonderland of outdoor recreation possibilities. Because of our diverse geology and perfect position at the base…

Read More
Recreation Therapy userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

I doubt anyone needs a reminder that 2020 is bursting with stress: natural disaster, pandemic, and humanity doing ourselves no favors for too many reasons to list. I’m amazed that we all haven’t headed for the hills! Actually, that…

Read More
REPOST 48 Hours in Walla Walla: Fall in Love userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The world could use a little more love. One of the ways we share the love is through this site. As we continue to work on adding more activities and embark on our biannual review of the site, we…

Read More
Into the WILD-erness userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

Grab your pack, load it with the essentials (navigation, shelter, clothing, water, and food), and venture out into the wild for a weekend trip. Seems simple, right, but it’s not always easy. I’ve gone camping for 30 years–tent and…

Read More
Just for fun (and a sweatshirt)! userBy Gwen Dildine user1 Comments

Can you believe it is May? I’m not in touch with my feelings enough to really analyze how I am doing. I seem to find deeper meaning in movie quotes that provide sanity and a sense of calm. I…

Read More
A Wild Time userBy Gwen Dildine user7 Comments

By now I’m sure everyone is royally unimpressed with 2020, and I really hope it rallies and we can all make “in hindsight” jokes on the flip side of all this. After sitting around the fire pit and listening…

Read More
Social Distancing with a View userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

There is no doubt we are all a little stressed right now. One can only take so much uncertainty. The Outside Walla Walla crew think we have a good suggestion–try a dose of social distancing with a view! As…

Read More
Outdoor REC: Winter Edition userBy Gwen Dildine user1 Comments

After sleeping with the windows open for a second night, I decided I better not wait for the weather to act its season and go ahead and write about a few of the outdoor recreation, winter edition, activities that…

Read More
Wild Mystery: A Day in Dayton userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Most of the time we have a plan. We’ve researched, studied maps, and have an itinerary. That is definitely one way to learn about our area. Much can be gained, however, by not having the foggiest idea what to…

Read More
48 Hours in Walla Walla: Fall in Love userBy Gwen Dildine user2 Comments

The best time of the year has arrived. I feel strongly about that despite the fact that I age on the spookiest day of the year. I love fall–the changing colors, the justification of my love of all things…

Read More
School and Soccer and Sun, Oh My! userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

It is a busy time of year. I get that. I’m currently writing this on the second night of school realizing I forgot bath time. I love late summer, early fall. Every morning you can feel incremental change–the light,…

Read More
Unplug & Connect userBy Gwen Dildine user1 Comments

Traveling with small children is challenging. You would think there is enough Pirate Booty in the world to get you to your desired destination in peace, but often bathroom breaks, meltdowns about dropped Pirate Booty, and fatigue can make…

Read More
Be Camper Prepared userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

We would like to echo the Scout motto and suggest that being prepared is a wise investment of time and money. With the purchase of our camper, a few accessories were included in the sale. The dealer offered a…

Read More
The Camper Learning Curve userBy Steve Dildine user0 Comments

There we were, sitting in the office of the dealership signing all the paperwork. As we took care of the particulars, our camper was prepped and loaded onto our truck. After planning adventures for weeks, we were ready to…

Read More
48 Hours in Walla Walla: River, River userBy wonderboy user0 Comments

The summer months have flown by and before you know it school will be starting. We hope you’ve been spending all the time that you can in the outdoors, exploring with friends and family. With August here, all of…

Read More
48 Hours in the Blue Mountains: Many Waters userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

You might not think about eastern Washington or Oregon as a go-to destination for water sports, but the land of many waters certainly has some unique opportunities to satisfy your inner rafter, kayaker, or paddleboarder. Bordered by two iconic…

Read More
Deciding to Camper userBy Steve Dildine user1 Comments

We literally spent years debating about whether or not we should jump on the Go RVing bandwagon. Considering everything from a giant fifth wheel to pop up tents, we have seen it all. In an effort to save you…

Read More
48 Hours in Walla Walla: Spring Into June userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Almost time to tear another page off the family calendar, June is right around the corner. We get it–you are busy. School is ending, it’s time to close second quarter at work, and all your vacation plans are likely…

Read More
48 Hours in Walla Walla: May Flowers userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The sun is shining; the Dogwoods are blooming; and the flood warnings have finally subsided. Winter hasn’t quite relinquished to spring at higher elevations. Trust us, we miscalculated conditions at the end of April and tried to camp perched…

Read More
10 Things To Do Outside Right Now userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Spring is here, and we have budding trees and flowers to prove it! We finally put up our snowshoes, and Ski Bluewood went out with a bash. It was a great year for winter sports, but alas it is…

Read More
Outdoor Rec Meets In-Town Fun userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

For locals and visitors alike, Lewis & Clark Trail State Park is a great way to spend a night out of town. Just 30 minutes northeast of downtown Walla Walla along Highway 12, this 36-acre park is bordered by…

Read More
Why a camper? userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Before I profess my love and borderline obsession with our Lance 850 camper, it is important to reflect on our decision making journey. I call it a journey because it spanned almost five years, involved multiple emotional roller coasters,…

Read More
Fun at the Base of the Blues userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The West Tiger Creek Trail checks off many appealing qualities of a leisurely few hours outdoors, such as proximity and accessibility. Follow Mill Creek Road east toward the watershed entrance and enjoy iconic views of the Blue Mountains kissed…

Read More
Into the Wilderness userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

In the blink of an hour, it is amazing just how different the terrain can look. Starting in Walla Walla, surrounded by rolling wheat fields, the drive south offers some of my favorite views paralleling the Blue Mountains. Passing…

Read More
Oklahomans Meet Oregon userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

The South Fork of the Walla Walla Trail and Harris Park will always top my list of recommended areas to explore. The word iconic comes to mind. We always take family who visit from the south here because it…

Read More
The Struggle is Real userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

Steve has a shirt that says, “the struggle is real,” in reference to a Tyrannosaurus Rex trying to do a push-up, pull-up, and bench press. I gave it to him for Christmas as a funny nod to his profession…

Read More
School and Soccer and Sun, Oh My! userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

It is a busy time of year. I get that. I’m currently writing this on the second night of school realizing I forgot bath time. I love late summer, early fall. Every morning you can feel incremental change–the light,…

Read More
Unplug & Connect userBy Gwen Dildine user1 Comments

Traveling with small children is challenging. You would think there is enough Pirate Booty in the world to get you to your desired destination in peace, but often bathroom breaks, meltdowns about dropped Pirate Booty, and fatigue can make…

Read More
48 Hours in the Blue Mountains: Many Waters userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

You might not think about eastern Washington or Oregon as a go-to destination for water sports, but the land of many waters certainly has some unique opportunities to satisfy your inner rafter, kayaker, or paddleboarder. Bordered by two iconic…

Read More
Into the Wilderness userBy Gwen Dildine user0 Comments

In the blink of an hour, it is amazing just how different the terrain can look. Starting in Walla Walla, surrounded by rolling wheat fields, the drive south offers some of my favorite views paralleling the Blue Mountains. Passing…

Read More
Create Lasting Memories userBy Gwen Dildine user1 Comments

Whenever Steve and I share stories with our kids about our childhoods, we tend to reflect on moments playing outside. For me, growing up on a small farm in Texas offered a heck of a playground–a small pond to…

Read More