Northwest Travel & Life: Offbeat Evening Entertainment

6 11 2016

“When the day has drawn to a close and all of life’s responsibilities have been placated to the point that you’re ready to wind things down, or perhaps even turn things up, what do you do? What are the options? There’s always Happy Hour drinks and small plates. Maybe dinner and a movie? How about a nightclub and dancing? All of the above? It’s hard to go wrong with the old standards—they are tried and true for a reason. But if you’re looking to spread your wings a little or broaden your horizons, the creative culture that thrives throughout the Northwest has been working overtime with alternatives to the traditional after dark outings. Here’s a rundown of some exciting new ways to expand your post-sundown repertoire.” Click here to read the full article in the latest issue of Northwest Travel & Life Magazine.

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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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Roots Magazine: Joyriding

25 09 2016

This is a feature I wrote about scenic loop drives you can take from the Allison Inn. Roots is an in-house magazine published exclusively for Oregon wine country’s premier luxury resort, the Allison Inn. Click here to read a PDF version.

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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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Northwest Travel & Life: The Schooner Zodiac

6 09 2016

My latest for Northwest Travel & Life details what it’s like to spend a few days aboard the Schooner Zodiac. This was easily one of my favorite assignments last year 🙂 Click here to read the story.

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Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland

14 08 2016

My latest literary spawn has left the nest! The “Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland” is now available in select bookstores and via any of your favorite online outlets, including Amazon.

From the Intro:

Portland, Oregon is a special place. One of the primary reasons many of us choose to hang our hats here is the seemingly limitless outdoor recreation options. If there’s something you like to do outside, chances are good that you can find it within two hours of Portland. What do you like doing? What would you like to try? It’s here. Or near here.  A quick rundown of things to do includes: hiking, trail running, kayaking, whitewater rafting, stand up paddleboarding, surfing, kite boarding, cycling, mountain biking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, horseback riding, paragliding, skydiving, ziplining…..the list is extensive.

Any real estate agent will give you an earful about “location.” Portland benefits greatly from its location in many ways, but with regards to outdoor endeavors, we’re sitting in the catbird seat. From downtown Portland, you can get to the Columbia River Gorge in 30 minutes, have Mt Hood in your face in an hour, dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean in an hour and a half, and take in a sunset from the high desert in two hours. And within that radius are more creeks, rivers, trails, lakes, peaks, valleys, and protected wilderness areas than any of us could ever see in a lifetime or more.

Over the last year and a half, I got to go traipsing around the greater Portland area with my friends, experiencing the best outdoor activities the region has to offer. And now it all culminates in a guidebook that for me, also serves as a journal of these incredible experiences. Some of the best adventures I’ve had in my life were had while “working” on this book. It is my sincere hope that it can provide you with comparable experiences. I also encourage you to keep going. This book, while chock full of some of the best stuff around, is more or less an amuse bouche for what’s out there. Within two hours of Portland, an immeasurable amount of adventure awaits.”

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Northwest Travel & Life Magazine: The Misty Fjords

1 07 2016

In the latest issue of Northwest Travel & Life Magazine I write about Alaska’s Misty Fjords. From the article – “Thanks in large part to the glacier-carved landscape, legendary naturalist John Muir compared the Misty Fjords to his favorite inspirational wilderness, Yosemite. An understandable comparison, if only Yosemite were surrounded by ocean and studded with lakes and canals spread out over two million acres.” Click here to continue reading.

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Northwest Travel Magazine: Radiator Whiskey

1 11 2014

The latest issue of Northwest Travel Magazine features a piece I wrote about Seattle’s Radiator Whiskey. I do a lot of eating and drinking in my line of work, and encounter great places for both endeavors on a regular basis. But this spot provided one of the best all around dining experiences I’ve had in recent memory. From the article:

“In particular, omnivores that aren’t afraid to push their boundaries will find this place with much to favor. Non-traditional anatomical regions of some of your favorite animals are creatively curated to the plate by Chefs Garrison and Palagi. Small plates like the Fried Beef Lip Terrine with Dijonnaise or the Cornflake Crusted Chicken Livers with Frank’s Red Hot and aioli are perfect representations. It’s gourmet comfort food centered around a whole-animal approach that fires on all cylinders.”

To read the rest, pick up the latest issue of Northwest Travel Mag or read it online here.

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