Northwest Travel Magazine: Get Inside and Play

16 03 2016

My latest feature for Northwest Travel & Life covers some of the best indoor entertainment options for the wet, Northwest winter. From the article:

“Winter need not be a reason to shut down until the farmers markets return. Our long rainy season (or snowy, depending on where you live) is a major contributing factor to the lush beauty that we enjoy year -round. But it can also send you indoors, clamoring for a latte and your knitting needles. Let’s face it, there’s only so much coffee you can drink or hats you can knit. Sure you want to eat, drink, and be merry. But you also want to stay active and keep your mind and body healthy and engaged. In this part of the world, it’s not just the great outdoors that makes it Shangri-La. It’s the things we do inside; the creative ways we cultivate and continue living a Northwest lifestyle. Indoor winter adventures are very much a part of that way of life, just with four walls and a roof.”

Click here to check out a PDF version of the entire article.


YogaMosa photo courtesy of Bluewater Organic Distilling.

Northwest Travel Magazine: Antiquer’s Paradise – Snohomish, WA

13 03 2016

My latest piece for Northwest Travel & Life Magazine has me broadening my scope a little bit. Click here to read about the best shopping that Snohomish, Washington has to offer.


Canoe & Kayak Magazine: Portland’s Smith and Bybee Lakes

2 02 2016

My first article for Canoe & Kayak Magazine is about the largest urban wetland in the US – the Smith and Bybee Lakes. Click here to read the article. Photo courtesy of Next Adventure.

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Portland Monthly Magazine: A Guide to Hiking the Tillamook Spits

18 12 2015

My second piece for Portland Monthly Magazine is about coast hiking in Tillamook. Click here to read the full article.


Cascade Journal: Trail Stories – Oregon hikes for history buffs

20 08 2015

My latest feature for Cascade Journal Magazine is about some of Oregon’s best historic hikes.

“Oregon’s world-class hiking trails are one reason many of us hang our hats here. The state also lays claim to an abundance of intriguing and significant chapters in human and natural history. These events leave their mark on both the landscape and its inhabitants’ culture, creating a destination to explore that’s a feast for both the eyes and the imagination. Here are a handful of hikes from around Central Oregon and a little farther afield that showcase the beauty of the region as well as the backstories that helped define it.”

Check out the full article here.


Northwest Travel Magazine: Portland – A City of Villages

18 03 2015

My latest feature for Northwest Travel Magazine explores three of my favorite neighborhoods; the eating, drinking, shopping, hiking, and beyond! Click the PDF link below to check it out.

Portland City of Villages


Seven Brides Brewing: Abiqua Black IPA

23 02 2013

Well here it is! This is the label for the new Seven Brides Brewing Abiqua Black IPA. If it looks familiar it’s because it also the winter banner photo for this blog 🙂 My favorite picture of my favorite place is now adorning my favorite style of beer. Win, win, win 🙂


Portland Family Outdoors: The Wilder Side of Forest Park

24 04 2012

You might recognize some of the shots in this week’s Portland Family Outdoors column from last week’s Wet Forest Trails photo essay. Some of which were taken when I was out doing “research” for The Wilder Side of Forest Park column.

Photo Essay: Wet Forest Trails

19 04 2012

Wet is a good look. Obviously, I’m not the first person to think that. Have you ever noticed that sidewalks and streets are frequently wet on TV and in the movies? Wet streets appear clean, provide better contrast, and just look more appealing. I think the same holds true for wet forest trails, perhaps even more so. Greens greener, browns browner, all forest colors just seem to be richer when wet.

Aside from the colors, hiking after a good rain is exhilarating. The air is clean and sweet. There are far fewer people on the trails, and the wildlife is omnipresent. There’s also a good chance that there’s still cloud cover hanging around; providing that exquisite diffused natural light that photographers in the Pacific Northwest crave. I present this collection of wet trail photographs from my backyard (Portland’s Forest Park) in support of my argument. Click on any shot in the gallery for a larger view.

North Oregon Coast Press Trip: Day 6

5 04 2012

I didn’t sleep particularly well and woke up early the morning of day 6. There were a few contributing factors. The wind howled much of the night, I might have imbibed one too many IPAs for restful sleep, and I knew we were headed back to Portland in the morning. Sad face.

The weather was still nasty, and the Inn at Cape Kiwanda was on the business end of Mother Nature’s fury. The view from the cozy confines of my room, however, was both beautiful and amusing. There were occasional sun breaks above Haystack Rock; that was the beautiful part. The amusing aspect of sunrise was getting to watch a couple of my intrepid counterparts attempting to get to the dunes of Cape Kiwanda in order to snap photos in the morning light.

I love photographers; real photographers that is. I consider myself one, but only in the academic sense. I have a semi-nice camera, I take lots of shots, and some of them turn out nice. But real photographers, they wake up early, they hone their craft, and they occasionally place themselves in harm’s way. On this morning, you could make the argument that my comrades were doing all three. They were essentially getting sand blasted as they made their way across the parking lot to the dunes. Knowing full well that no real harm would befall them from this attempt, I chuckled out loud and only occasionally heckled them from my balcony.

We checked out, posed for a group photo, and left the Inn for breakfast at the Grateful Bread. The bakery and restaurant served up a deliciously hearty breakfast, made all the better by the fresh baked bread that now accented my plate in toast form.

Weather being what it was, we were able to drive into the Nestucca Wildlife Refuge but not able to explore and take photos. There was also the potentiality of a trip to Munson Creek Falls which would have been great, but as a group we decided that the promise of ice cream in Tillamook was more appealing than the rain and mud of the trail.

Now back in Tillamook, we stopped in at the Blue Heron French Cheese Company. I love this place. I’ve probably been there 5 or so times in the last 4 years and it’s always a treat. In addition to all of the wines, cheeses, and assorted gourmet foodstuffs, they have a petting zoo. (On a side note, the petting zoo is great for kids. But be aware that a couple of the goats are greedy and will steal your whole bag of treats when you’re not looking. Keep your head on a swivel when visiting the petting zoo!) This was supposed to be our lunch stop but since we weren’t able to engage in any of the scheduled photo ops, we got to the Blue Heron a little early. No worries though. We tasted some cheese, sampled some wine, and they packed us up lunch to take on the road with us back to Portland. Thanks to Alex Hurliman Christopher, Sales & Marketing Manger at the Blue Heron, as well as the delightful staff. It’s rare that you encounter a staff so hardworking and helpful that is also so attractive you can’t stop blushing.

Just because we weren’t hungry enough for lunch, didn’t mean we weren’t ready for dessert. Our last official stop of the North Oregon Coast Press Tour was the Tillamook Cheese Factory. I’m fairly certain that there is legislation on the books somewhere, dictating that it is unlawful to leave Tillamook County without visiting the cheese factory. We all casually strolled along the self-guided tour route. We then sampled cheeses and were treated to complimentary ice cream cones of our choosing. For your information, the onsite store is the only place you can buy their famous Squeaky Cheese.

Now it was time to load back into the van one last time and make our way back into Portland. This little trip was not without peril, however. Through the passes of the Coast Range the snow began to fall, at times quite heavily. This was one more time I was glad that Tracie Driver was on my team. She led us expertly across the snow laden roads of the Coast Range and delivered us back into the safety of the Willamette Valley.

Soon we were dropped off where it all began six days earlier, at the Portland Airport Shilo Inn. This was my first press trip and I was sad to see it end. As busy as we were and as tightly scheduled as every day’s agenda was, it was a ridiculously fun experience that I was lucky to be a part of. Even though it was technically a work trip, I still consider that week to be the best “vacation” I’ve ever had. I hope I have the chance to participate in more of these trips in the future. As a matter of fact, I hope and pray like nobody’s business that I can do these for the rest of my life.

During the trip, other travel writers regaled me with tales of prima donna freak outs and tirades unleashed by other writers that must have become a little too accustomed to the good life. As you probably already know, some people can find the dark side of any moon. That being said, if I ever find the gall to complain that the free coastal accommodations aren’t up to snuff, would you do me a favor? Please track me down and slap the taste out of my mouth.