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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Babies around the lake

Taking trips around the lake on foot and in a boat in the middle of April, one is bound to find babies. Babies of all sorts, sizes and quantities. Spring is surely in the air. Geese parents are forever diligent … Read More

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Stone Lake early April

Sometimes I just gotta get away and chill. There’s hardly a better place than a no-wake lake in the midwest with water so clean it’s almost drinkable. Upon arrival, the weather was cold, windy, rainy … sound familiar? But that … Read More

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Latest posts

Six Moon blog post worth a read

Six Moon Designs posted a great blog article on faster, longer hiking. I found it worth the read. I am, depending on the hike’s objective and my intent, seeking healthier ways to hike longer and faster when that’s the intent. … Read More

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Ridgeline flowers and clouds

After the Ochocos, another drive to hike just seemed irrational this week. For a close-in experience, Ridgeline and Spencer Butte were the ticket. Human traffic was moderate and mostly after 9:00; I did, however, see two baby carriages on the … Read More

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Central Cascades from Lookout Mt

From my recent trip to Ochocos, atop Lookout Mt I could see the Central Cascades from Diamond Peak all the way to Mt Adams in WA. These might help people identify mountains when they only see a portion. Amazing that … Read More

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