OUTDOORS: Matt Schubert’s five best bets to do this weekend

■ Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby — George Washington might not have been able to tell a lie, but that’s probably because he never fished.

Luckily for those honest types, we have things like salmon derbies, which actually require us to weigh our fish before making outlandish claims.

Oh, and the winner also gets outlandish sums of money ($10,000).

■ Sol Duc steelhead — Richard Nixon probably would’ve been a good steelheader.

A sometimes-cranky disposition (check). A stubborn pursuer of goals, even in the face of constant failure (check). Well-practiced in the art of deception (check).

Yes, I think it’s safe to say our 37th president would hook a steelie on the Sol Duc River this weekend.

■ Razor clams — Franklin Delano Roosevelt certainly knew the value of putting a shovel in the ground.

You can learn that too by taking part in this weekend’s afternoon razor clam digs at Kalaloch and four other coastal beaches.

For more details, see today’s outdoors column.

■ Counting cluckers — Thomas Jefferson never missed a chance to indulge his avian interests, and you shouldn’t either.

This weekend’s Great Backyard Bird Count — set for today through Monday — gives Peninsula birders the same chance.

Counters can tally birds in their own backyard or venture off to other locations, then come home and enter the data online at www.birdcount.org.

Way easier than writing the Declaration of Independence.

■ Powder up — George W. Bush was once known to partake in some fresh powder.

There’s plenty of that sitting atop Hurricane Ridge, so you cut up a little powder of your own this weekend. That includes the Monday holiday.

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