Outdoors

Adventure briefs: Mount Rainier history comes alive Aug. 13

Park visitors prepare to follow a lantern-carrying guide during the Shadows of the Past program in 2104. In the program, actors portray key figures from the park’s early days. This year’s event will be Saturday.
Park visitors prepare to follow a lantern-carrying guide during the Shadows of the Past program in 2104. In the program, actors portray key figures from the park’s early days. This year’s event will be Saturday. Courtesy

Mount Rainier

Re-enactors tell park history

Visitors will have the chance Saturday to interact with re-enactors of some of the people who played key roles in the creation of Mount Rainier National Park.

Park rangers and volunteers will be presenting “Shadows of the Past,” beginning at 8:30 p.m. outside the National Park Inn at Longmire.

During the 75- to 90-minute lantern-lit tour, participants will “meet” some of the people who explored, settled, climbed and protected Mount Rainier more than 100 years ago.

The tours will start every 20 minutes, with the last tour starting at 9:30 p.m. The tours will follow the 0.7-mile Trail of Shadows across the road from the inn.

Visitors should be dressed for the weather, wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight and insect repellant.

It is free to join one of the tours, but there is an entrance fee to the park.

Youth Day

Learn shooting, outdoors skills

The Paul Bunyan Rifle & Sportsman’s Club will hold its annual Youth Day event Aug. 27. Youths will have the opportunity to shoot a shotgun, rifle and muzzleloader; as well as learn archery, orienteering and firearm safety.

The event is open to beginners or more experienced youth wanting to test their skills.

All firearm instruction will be led and supervised by state Department of Fish and Wildlife-certified hunter education instructors and National Rifle Association-certified instructors.

Participants should arrive at 8:30 a.m. to register, with the events running 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for participants only. Lunch for nonparticipants will be available for small fee.

The day is free to children 17 and younger.

To preregister, contact Bill Montgomery at 253-377-7436 or send an email with the name and age of participants to hei7226@yahoo.com.

The club is at 17902 Meridian Ave. E., Puyallup.

State Parks

Cambodian cultural celebration

Members of the South Sound Cambodian communities will share their culture Aug. 27 at the ninth annual Cambodian Cultural Celebration at Saltwater State Park.

The celebration will include performances of traditional music, dance and drumming, along with activities, contests, displays and demonstrations for the entire family, according to a State Parks news release. In addition, Cambodian food will be available for purchase from Angkor Gourmet of Tacoma.

The schedule includes Tacoma Buddhist Temple monks doing a blessing ceremony, classical and traditional dances by Cambodian Classical and Folk Dance Northwest, martial arts demonstrations by United Southeast Asian Cultural Association and the Seven Colors Fashion Show, made up of Khmer people in Washington communities.

The free event runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the park, 25205 Eighth Place S., Des Moines.

Admission to the celebration is free, but a Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park. A pass is $10 a day or $30 annually. Learn more at discoverpass.wa.gov.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com

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