Recreation programs ‘roll on’

Fun on the lakeJust like the song made famous by legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, Roll On Columbia, the summer programs at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are on a roll.The Saturday's at 11 a.m. programs at the Kettle Falls Information Center continue to offer an educational and fun way to explore a variety of fascinating topics.On July 12, local historian Dwight Morgan donned his authentic Canadian Voyageur garb and shared tales about the rough and tumble lives of these hearty explorers who once lived at the nearby Hudson Bay trading post at Fort Colvile. One particularly interesting fact --their number one cause of death was from hernias. Not too surprising, given the enormous weight they transported from sun up to sundown each day. Full regaliaMorgan also brought along a flint-lock rifle, deer skin cover-up and other items common to that time period. The former Kettle Falls School District teacher volunteers at the Kettle Falls Historical Center. July 19 brought local naturalist Kyle Chamberlin, who shared his encyclopedic knowledge of how to forage for food in the wild. After sampling all the tasty plants Chamberlin brought with him, harvested that very morning, one could easily conclude that the great outdoors offers the ultimate salad bar. Chamberlin will make another appearance on August 2 and demonstrate some of the primitive skills folks needed to have in order to survive in an age way, way before the advent of the ubiquitous cell phone.Also on July 19, folks were treated to a lovely evening with a cool breeze coming off Lake Roosevelt as they gathered around a crackling campfire and listened to the musical talent of local singer, song-writer, Justin Johnson. Johnson led the audience in some classic tunes that included "This Land is Your Land." He shared a few of his own, including a very moving song about Chief Joseph. Johnson will perform at two more campfire programs this summer: Saturday, August 16, 7 p.m., at Evans Campground Amphitheater and Saturday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., at the Kettle Falls Historical Center. The Saturday at 11 a.m., the programs at the Kettle Falls Information Center will continue. Call (509) 738-2300 for more information.And don't forget, also every Saturday, for those looking to get out on the water, Ranger-led canoe trips are offered from 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at Colville Flats Day Use Area. Call ahead to confirm - (509) 754-7860.And finally, every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon, Ranger led-hikes are offered at Mission Point. This easy 30-minute hike covers 9,000 years of history. That's 300 years per minute!