7 days rambling in Redwoods

I spent seven days hiking and camping in Redwoods National and State Parks, guided by my sister. The weather and trail conditions were excellent. I enjoyed quiet, scenic hikes, mostly around Prairie Creek Redwoods and Mill Creek Campgrounds. The trip was a blissful retreat amidst the impressive redwoods and blooming wildflowers.… Read More

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Upper Mckenzie River

On the way home from Smith Rock and Camp Sherman, a stop for a Mckenzie River ramble was perfectly set up. I arrived at the upper TH around 6:00 with perfectly clear skies and an empty TH parking lot. The … Read More

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2 days rambling around Smith Rock

For the last few years, Smith Rock has been my first overnight camp / hike of the season (2023, 2022). This year was amazing from the trip over the pass to the last step taken on the trails. Heading out … Read More

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Last pre-season gear shake-out

One last good gear shake out and a biology endurance test before the hiking season starts in the next weeks. Initially, a quick hike around Oakridge was planned, but the driving time and carbon burn couldn’t be overcome last minute, … Read More

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Flowers between the rains

Rambling around town this time of year will find two things almost daily – rain and flowers. Between yesterday’s rains, the Rhododendron were on full display with big, bold and some subtle blooms. Dogwood Tree blooms were sadly starting to … Read More

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Six Moons Design on solo hiking

Those wonderful people at Six Moons Design (an Oregon company after all!) posted a brilliant piece on solo hiking. As an experienced solo hiker, with some miles solo over the last few years, the list of recommendations and practices was … Read More

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Favorite Stone Lake photos

From several weeks around Stone Lake, sunrises, trees, and animals took the best photos. From over 350 photos, here are the best set. Clicking on the photo will open up full resolution image. (more…)

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Water, sky and friends around the lake

After the baby geese first showed their fuzzy faces, the weather turned for the better with clear skies and warmer temperatures – mostly. Sunrises were mostly spectacular and babies grew up. Other animals were still forging for as much food … Read More

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7 days rambling in Redwoods

I spent seven days hiking and camping in Redwoods National and State Parks, guided by my sister. The weather and trail conditions were excellent. I enjoyed quiet, scenic hikes, mostly around Prairie Creek Redwoods and Mill Creek Campgrounds. The trip was a blissful retreat amidst the impressive redwoods and blooming wildflowers.… Read More

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Upper Mckenzie River

On the way home from Smith Rock and Camp Sherman, a stop for a Mckenzie River ramble was perfectly set up. I arrived at the upper TH around 6:00 with perfectly clear skies and an empty TH parking lot. The … Read More

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