Nesting herons and terrible park workers

Rambling around town and the full Pre’s Trail yesterday was both fabulous and intensely irritating. Weather was typical OR March – rain, wind, sun, repeat … for part of ramble, an umbrella was necessary and camera remained in backpack. The … Read More

UL Tent selection process

At the EOY gear review, I assumed that my UL backpacking tent from last year (REI Flash 1). After putting together a first pass at season hiking plans, and rethinking what it was like at Mt Jefferson end of September, … Read More

Rambling around town – Spring!

After a small medical procedure, I must remain out of the woods for a couple more weeks. Rambling around town over the last week on a couple of walks proved that Spring is just around the corner and popping out … Read More

Friends along urban hikes after the storms

Reminder: clicking on a photo will open in higher resolution After the ice storms, the cold weather, and all the clean up, a couple of urban hikes (Gillespie Butte and Alton Baker Park) found feathered friends out and about mostly looking … Read More

Ridgeline blowdowns after January ice storm

After last week’s ice storm (press, post), I thought Ridgeline Tr would have been damaged. I was not prepared for the extent of the ice’s destruction. The good news is that the weak plants and trees are gone; plus, human traffic will be … 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