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

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

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…)

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

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

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

Quick up Spencer Butte

A time boxed quick, fast hike from Spring Blvd to Spencer Butte top and back. After watching the weather and a quick breakfast, started off around 8:30. Trail conditions were muddier than last hike, but mostly around the recent construction … Read More


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Rambling Mt Hood’s southeast

I read that Badger Creek Wilderness (just east of Hwy 35) was a prime early season hike as the snow melts early. For 4 days, 3 nights, I rambled around Mt. Hood’s southeast side, camping at USFS Nottingham Campground all … Read More

Newton Creek to Timberline Tr

As part of the Mt Hood SE side ramble, the last day’s hike from Elk Meadows to Newton Creek and then up to Timberline trail was the best hike of the week. I started before 5:00 from the trailhead with … Read More

Mt Hood’s SE July Flowers

From my recent 4 day ramble around MT Hood Southeast side, the wildflowers were just amazing … everywhere and so many different kinds (A good resource if you want to know names and more information). I have a new wildflower … Read More