Portland Mercury: The Falls of History and God

26 06 2014

In my first article for the Portland Mercury I encourage people to visit some of the area’s waterfalls for more than just their inherent beauty. From the article:

“Some waterfalls are more than just pretty places to visit. While the opportunity to prance around in a forested scene straight out of a Kinkade-ian masterpiece is typically inspiration enough to seek one out, sometimes you want more from your experience. Luckily, there are a number of waterfall hikes in the Portland area that dangle alluring carrots of added interest, like “fascinating regional history” or “a chance to commune with a faith-based deity.” So for those of you who need a little extra motivation to get your butt outside and next to a beautiful waterfall, here you go.”

Click here to read the entire article.

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Northwest Travel Magazine: Tails & Trotters

3 06 2014

Across the globe there are regional, artisanal products with reputations for excellence: Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy, Kobe beef from Japan, and the list goes on. Oregon farmer Aaron Silverman and his partner Mark Cockcroft wanted to do the same for pork in the Northwest. And they’ve accomplished it with Tails & Trotters, producing the first signature Northwest pork.

The renowned Jamón Ibérico ham inspired the idea. In Spain, the black-footed or “pata negra” pigs are allowed to roam the oak groves of the region where they are naturally fattened on acorns. And while the Northwest isn’t exactly a great place to grow acorns, Oregon is heaven for hazelnuts. So Aaron and Mark take Washington-raised pigs and finish them on Oregon hazelnuts. The finished product is as good as it gets. Check out the whole article here. Pictured below is their Bahn Mi – A Vietnamese-style sandwich w/ pickled carrot & daikon, cucumber, jalapeno, cilantro & Asian herb mayo on a fresh bakery roll.

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Roots Rated: How to be a KEEN Ambassador

29 05 2014

Ever wonder how someone becomes a brand ambassador? What do you do? What are the benefits, besides free gear? Any downsides? Well I wrote all about it for RootsRated. The story includes an interview with Ben Mauser, Ambassador Honcho for KEEN, and some inside perspective from yours truly. Click here to check it out.

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Northwest Travel Magazine: Driving the Cascade Loop

19 05 2014

In my first cover feature, I recount one of my favorite trips on memory – the drive along Washington’s Cascade Loop Scenic Highway. From the article:

A journey along the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway provides a chance to experience all the things that typify the Northwest, all that we hold dear. It’s our past, present and future. It’s our culture, and a tangible display of beauty and bounty.”

To read the whole thing, pick up the latest issue of Northwest Travel Magazine. To read online, click here.

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Northwest Travel Magazine: Winter Adventure in Western Montana

2 01 2014

My latest feature for Northwest Travel Magazine is available on newsstands, or by clicking right here. This one was particularly fun to “research” :-). From the article:

“Our plan was to take snowmobiles miles up into the backcountry, spend the night in a yurt, go skiing and snowshoeing the next day, and then snowmobile back down. This all sounded great to me, and having never driven a snowmobile or slept in a yurt, I was pumped by the prospect; pumped until our guides handed us our avalanche packs.

These packs contained a number of items including a shovel and a locator beacon. I understood that there was no imminent avalanche danger and the guides knew exactly where to go and, more importantly, where not to go. But there’s always that moment of trepidation when you encounter something that reminds you of your vulnerability in the face of Mother Nature’s power. I remember reacting the same way when I moved to the Northwest and saw those “Tsunami Hazard Zone” signs with the stick figure running for his life.”

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“Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon” Now Available for Preorder

11 12 2013

While it still might only be in the editing phase, the project that has consumed much of my time over the last two years is now available for purchase….preorder anyway :-) The “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon” guidebook from Falcon Guides won’t be available in stores until June, but my local bookseller is selling it at a screamingly good preorder discount price of $16.46! Click here to check it out.

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Picture of the Week: The St Johns Bridge

14 10 2013

I know, I know. “This guy and this bridge. Always with this bridge.” Yeah well it’s true. I love this bridge. And I love fall. So here you go again. Click on pic for larger view.

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