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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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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