Five Best Waterfalls

21 10 2021

My latest story for 1889 Magazine was a fun one to write! Here are, for a variety of reasons, five of my favorite waterfalls in the state of Washington.

Rainbow Falls in Stehekin, Washington





Afternoon Live: Best Family Hikes in Washington County, Oregon

31 05 2021

Washington County is brimming with outstanding urban hiking options for the family. My latest appearance on Afternoon Live provides a nice rundown. Click here to watch the segment.

Hiking in Noble Woods Park




Travel Oregon: The Restorative Power of Fishing in Oregon

24 05 2021

My latest for Travel Oregon details why fishing, particularly in Oregon, is such a magnificent endeavor. Click here to read it.

Fly fishing on Oregon’s McKenzie River





Northwest Travel & Life Magazine: Testing the Nomadic Life

8 05 2021

My latest for Northwest Travel & Life is about a van camping trip my girlfriend and I took with a company called GoCamp. The short story is that the van and the trip were both spectacular. The long story can be found here, in the PDF version of the magazine story.





Explore Oregon Podcast: 15 Favorite Hikes Near Salem

15 04 2021

I was back on the Explore Oregon Podcast recently. This time, the hosts and I came up with a list of our favorite hikes within an hour of Salem. Click here to listen.

Trail scene along the McDonald-Dunn New-growth/Old-growth Loop.




Afternoon Live: Best Easy Day Hikes Salem and Eugene

14 04 2021

My latest Afternoon Live appearance is all about the new book, Best Easy Day Hikes Salem and Eugene. Click here to watch the segment.





Conquering Addiction

6 04 2021

It’s rare that I am the subject of a story, as I’m usually the one authoring it. But this is one such instance, and a story I feel compelled to share in hopes of potentially helping other current and former addicts. Written by fellow writer and veteran, Marguerite Cleveland for Northwest Military, this story details the struggles with opiate and heroin addiction that ended my military career and almost ruined my writing career as well. It’s a very personal story with a hopeful and happy ending. Click here to read the online version.





Visit Bellevue: Waterfall Wanderings

3 04 2021

This is a story that I wrote for Aspire, a digital publication put out by Visit Bellevue. I really like what they did with it – made the story sing! Click here to check it out.





Northwest Travel & Life Magazine: Hiking the National Wildlife Refuges of the Willamette Valley

30 03 2021

I’ve always enjoyed NWR’s for their natural beauty and wildlife viewing opportunities. But I never really considered them as places that possess many viable hiking options. However, the pandemic caused me to reassess the things that I wanted in a hike. I always sought out things like solitude and lesser-visited trails – something that NWR’s always offer. But they also often provide miles of wide dirt, gravel, or maintenance road trails that are great for social distancing. And so this story idea was born from last year’s new-found appreciation of hiking in NWR’s. Click here to read it.





Statesman Journal: Shotgun Creek features beautiful winter hike between Salem and Eugene

2 03 2021

My new book, “Best Easy Day Hikes Salem and Eugene” comes out April 1st! Here’s kind of a sneak peek – the Shotgun Creek hike was featured last week in the Salem newspaper, the Statesman Journal. Click here to read the online version.