Natalie Bartley

Natalie Bartley—Contributing Writer for the Idaho Senior IndependentNatalie Bartley is a Boise-based author of trail guidebooks Best Easy Day Hikes Boise and Best Rail Trails Pacific Northwest, and the mobile app travel guide Boise Best Outdoor Adventureswww.nataliebartleyoutdoor.com


 

Wheeling on the White Rim Trail

Grab an opportunity this upcoming year to experience the endless remoteness of Canyonlands National Park via a scenic overlook or wheeling on the White Rim Trail.

Eyeing Iceland

Iceland is known for its natural beauty and has plenty of space to absorb curious travelers. Now is the good time to plan an Iceland vacation, with Icelandair allowing a free stopover for up to seven nights for flights across the Atlantic Ocean.

Running Wild: Getting Started in Running after 50

Running is an invigorating exercise that isn’t just for the young. Mary Graeff is still going strong at age 76, training for long-distance races this year. “I am thankful I can do it,” she said.

Try Both Nordic Track Ski Techniques

Nordic skiing provides refreshing outdoor exercise for improving balance and strength. If you’re new to the sport, cross-country skiing on a groomed Nordic trail is a gentle way to try this low-impact aerobic workout in crisp, snow-covered settings.

Plan A Park N’ Ski Adventure

Winter in Idaho means outdoor adventures. Yearly, Nordic skiers and snowshoes traverse 180 miles of groomed trails and numerous un-groomed trails originating from Park N’ Ski trail systems in four regions. The Idaho Department of Park and Recreation (IDPR) provides plowed parking lots and trailheads with information kiosks and vault toilets. By NATALIE BARTLEY