Picture of the Week: Butte Creek Falls

24 09 2013

With work on the forthcoming “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon” guidebook wrapping up, I offer a photo from one of my favorite little hikes of the year – Butte Creek Falls. The hike to Butte Creek and Upper Butte Creek Falls would be fine destinations all by their lonesome. They are both beautiful and unique. But pair the two in the same hike with a truly memorable forest trail and you have as fine an outing as 1 mile can produce. Click on pic for larger view.

From the town of Scotts Mills, follow Crooked Finger Road for 11.4 miles and turn left onto Forest Road 400. Drive 1.8 more miles to the Butte Creek Falls trailhead on the left. GPS: N44 55.266 / W122 30.682.

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Video: Slide Falls, Opal Creek Wilderness

14 09 2013

I now have the GPS tracks for all of the “Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon” guidebook! And I may have saved the best for last. The Opal Creek Wilderness is a low-elevation ancient forest that is home to the largest intact stand of old-growth forest in the western Cascades. Trees in this area can range up to 1,000 years old. Because the forest has remained intact for so long, the flora and fauna interact the way nature intended. Cycles that can take hundreds of years to complete have been left alone to do so, and in the process the forest filters Opal Creek to a state of pristine beauty. And it has a waterfall you can slide down!





Picture of the Week: Ice Lake

29 08 2013

Last week I took a quick overnight backpacking trip to track some waterfalls for the forthcoming Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon guidebook. Of course the waterfalls were great, but the view of Ice Lake from my tent in the morning was a jaw-dropper. Known as the “Oregon Alps,” the Wallowa Mountains certainly lived up to their reputation on this warm, summer morning. Click on pic for larger view.

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Northwest Travel Magazine: Rafting 101-Navigating Northwest Rivers

1 08 2013

In my second feature for Northwest Travel Magazine I tell the story of my week long journey with Rogue Wilderness Adventures. This was easily the best time I’ve had doing “research” for a story. From the story:

“I had been rafting before, but only on a handful of quick half-day trips; never anything like this. I always experience butterflies when getting back in a raft. My senses are heightened, eyes are widened, but all worries go away once I hit the first rapid and get doused with cold mountain water. Like some sort of fear-baptismal, the trepidation is washed away and I’m born again with an ear-to-ear grin.”

Click here to read the online version.

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Picture of the Week: Waterfall Road Trip

29 07 2013

I’m back from my epic road trip to photograph and document waterfalls for the forthcoming Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon guidebook!

Over the last 17 days my girlfriend and I drove over 3,200 miles, or what would be Portland to Miami. Went on 40 individual waterfall hikes and visited numerous other natural wonders. In the course of hiking we covered close to 90 miles, gained over 17,000 feet of elevation, and encountered 63 individual waterfalls. My injuries were limited to 1 strained knee and 1 atrocious thigh bruise. We were scared witless by 1 black bear and were visited by numerous timid but cordial dear. We stayed in primitive campgrounds and posh hotel suites. We ate wild berries, beef jerky, microwave burritos, and the freshest, finest Northwest seafood to be found. It was the trip of a lifetime. I feel physically strong, mentally rejuvenated, happy to be home, but very sad it’s over. Today feels like the day after Christmas. Now I have to clean up all the wrapping paper :-) Photo courtesy of Stephanie Paris.

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Picture of the Week: Taking Pictures of Taking Pictures at Lower Oneonta Falls

8 07 2013

While doing more work for the Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon guidebook my girlfriend, Stephanie, lines up the perfect shot of Lower Oneonta Falls. I’ve had this waterfall featured a few times as Pic o’ the Week before, but if you haven’t seen it or would like to know how to get there, check out this link. Click on pic for larger image.

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“What’s the Soup?” Review: Cauliflower & Tahini Soup at Levant

18 06 2013

My latest soup review for What’s the Soup? took me to Levant in Portland, Oregon. Chef-owner Scott Snyder creates inspired French-Arabesque dishes, like the Cauliflower & Tahini, with Fried Purple Cauliflower, Spicy Pepper & Mint Relish. From the article:

“The marriage of flavor profiles and cooking techniques that are among the most lauded in culinary history produced a soup that was a worthy and just representation of both. The richness of French cuisine was highlighted with splashes of bright Middle Eastern flavor. If what the dietary experts say about eating lots of colors is true, then this bowl of soup will go a long way towards keeping me out of the doctor’s office. Reds, greens, and purples in a variety of shapes and textures danced on top of the soup’s creamy canvas in a way that made the bowl a joy to photograph while simultaneously producing an enviable mouthfeel in each spoonful.” Read the whole article here.

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