Our Voice: We're thankful for ways to stretch the body, mind

And many more

The Tri-Cities campus of Washington State University is turning 25. Don't be deceived by the number of candles; the campus still is in its early years. It is not quite a toddler, but still far from the mature years, especially as a four-year school.

Chancellor Keith Moo-Young, who took the helm of the campus just a little over a hear ago, and his team are in the process of developing an academic master plan for the campus that will chart the course for the next decade and beyond.

We're thankful for their energetic pursuit of a vision for the campus.

Students, staff and faculty have much to look forward to.

This campus is truly a community accomplishment and something for us all to celebrate. Events run Sept. 22-27.

It's a great way for community members to recall the accomplishments of the past 25 years and look forward to many more years to come.

Take a hike

The InterMountain Alpine Club brings together people who want to enjoy the outdoors. Mostly they hike. Sometimes they rock climb. In the winter they cross-country ski or snowshoe. But mostly they hike. Usually a day hike. Sometimes an overnighter.

It's a great community resource.

There are lots of outdoor opportunities within a short drive of the Tri-Cities. Often, however, people don't know where those opportunities are. So it helps to go with a guide.

And the social aspect of going with friends makes a trip to the gym or a hike up a mountainside more enjoyable.

And it's cheap to go with the group.

An annual membership this time of year will set you back $7. The hikes cost a buck or two for members and double that for others. They clearly aren't in the business of making money.

You can find out more at their website, www.imacnw.org.

We're grateful to live in a beautiful part of the country with weather that is almost begging us to go outside and play. We also are grateful for groups that make it easy to do so.

Dust in the wind

We are grateful that no serious injuries occurred in Saturday's dust storm that involved more than 50 vehicles on Interstate 82 just south of Kennewick.

The incident serves as a reminder to us how quickly the weather can change and that it is vital to know ahead of time how to react to different driving conditions.

Dust storms aren't common, but they do happen.

Same with an occasional cloudburst that can leave cars hydroplaning.

An excellent rule of thumb is to decrease your driving speed to suit the road's conditions.

Washington State Patrol recommends turning on your lights and pulling over to the side of the road in a dust storm or proceeding very slowly. Of course, the driver behind you has to do the same thing.