Northwest Travel & Life: Break Away to Central Oregon

12 01 2017

One of four stories I have in the latest issue of Northwest Travel & Life, this piece details the glory of winter in Central Oregon. From the article:

“Central Oregon doesn’t have to work very hard to attract visitors. The town of Bend sits snugly against the eastern side of the Cascade Range, and the area offers everything from dense forest to high desert, and a collection of ecoregions in between. What was once a logging town was transformed a while back into a base camp for outdoor enthusiasts of nearly every ilk. As the morph progressed, Bend became an artist enclave, with an exceptional food and drink scene following closely behind. The Bend-Sunriver-Mt. Bachelor area has somehow managed to hold onto much of its rugged Western character while becoming a destination for world-class hiking, paddling, and fishing, as well as cuisine. But the allure of Central Oregon goes well beyond summer.”

Click here to read the whole story.

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Northwest Travel & Life: Explore the Columbia River Gorge Lewis & Clark Trail Scenic Byway

11 01 2017

It’s always fun to write about my favorite place in the world, the Columbia River Gorge. From the article:

“Over the course of roughly 80 miles, the Gorge, a National Scenic Area, switches over from temperate rainforest to desert. Every turn in the river, every bend rounded, introduces a new microclimate or landscape. It’s stunning and easily experienced. From west to east, a trip along Washington’s Highway 14 will show you firsthand.”

Click here to read the whole article.

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Afternoon Live: Winter Hikes Close to Portland

10 01 2017

Yesterday I was on a local television show, Afternoon Live, to discuss why you should be hiking in winter, and where to go. Click here to watch the segment.

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Tillamook Coast: The Oregon Coast Trail

10 12 2016

My latest for Visit Tillamook Coast is about Oregon’s entirely public coastline and the trail that explores it. From the article:

“Thanks in large part to governors Oswald West and Tom McCall, the Oregon Coast belongs to all of us. The sea stacks, beaches, meadows – it is all open to the public. The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) was designed and developed to showcase the splendor of our beloved coastline. From where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean, down to the California border, the OCT explores the coast and more.” Click here to read the whole story.

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Travel Oregon: 5 Must-See Waterfalls Along the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers

7 11 2016

The good folks over at Travel Oregon recently interviewed me about my favorite waterfalls in Southern Oregon. Click here to read the interview and see which five topped the list.

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Cascade Journal: Hike with the Old Folks

18 10 2016

The fall 2016 issue of Cascade Journal Magazine features a cover photo and story I wrote about old-growth hikes. Get it on newsstands now or read it online here.

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1859 Magazine: Grinding to a Halt in Hells Canyon

10 10 2016

My first piece for 1859 Magazine is a personal essay about how nature cures what ails you. In this case, my teeth grinding. Pick it up on newsstands now or click here to read the online version.

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Tillamook Coast: Sand Lake Recreation Area

5 10 2016

My latest for Tillamookcoast.com details the outdoor recreation opportunities at one of the Oregon Coast’s best sand dune areas. Click here to read the article.

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Portland Today: Fall Family Hikes

25 09 2016

Earlier this week I was a guest on a local morning show, Portland Today, to discuss Fall Family Hikes. Click here to watch the segment.

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Tillamook Coast: The Kings Mountain Trail

19 09 2016

If you’re looking for some exercise in the Oregon Coast Range, look no further than Kings Mountain. From the article:

“The trail that leads up to the summit of Kings Mountain is a 2.5-mile long hurt locker disguised as a hiking path. I’m sure there are some of you out there that would go merrily traipsing up the mountain, breaking nary a sweat while pausing only to take in nature’s glory. Well, that’s not most of us. The hike gains 2,500 feet over the course of that 2.5 miles. For those of you scoring at home, 1,000 feet of elevation gain per mile is quite the steady clip. And for the lion’s share of hikers out there, that’s a thigh-burning mettle-tester. And if you’ve got bad knees, bad balance, or bad luck, the hike down the mountain won’t be much of a picnic either. But as with most hikes of its ilk, there are rewards beyond caloric expenditure.”

Click here to read the whole thing.

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