Spencer Butte: Elevation workout
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After 2 longer river hikes, some elevation work was needed to keep old legs, heart and lungs conditioned. Carbon karma was a big issue as well given the drives to Rogue and Enchanted Valley. Spencer Butte carries a 30 min … Read More

Olympic National Park: Enchanted Valley
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A hiking buddy of mine goes to Enchanted Valley regularly, and this year he asked me to tag along. We arrived at the Graves Creek Trailhead (East Fork Quinault River Trail – NPS, All Trails) around 11:00, May 17. This … Read More

May flowers & parents
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Walking around the mill race and Ducks’ football stadium today camera in hand … First those slow children and watchful parents taking up too much of the bike path One of the osprey parents took a break to clean up, … Read More

Fast-hike Spence Butte
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To keep up the endurance gained last week on Rogue River (post), a ‘fast-hike’ the full length of Ridgeline Tr (Spring Bvld to Blanton) and topping Spencer Butte twice. Hit the trail around 6:30 carrying lightly packed NorthFace 20L pack … Read More

Review: Gossamer Mariposa 60
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I have gone through backpacks in the recent couple of years. Not from wearing them out, but due to them just not working out – fit, comfort and usability on my hikes. I sent back an REI “old fashioned” pack … Read More

Rogue River Trail 3 nights
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Planning an Oregon backpacking trip for April / May is a challenge if one intends to stay dry … the original Rogue River Trail (BLM site or Guide) plan was to go M-F 4 nights, but the weather had material … Read More

2 April Days @ Smith Rock
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The final gear run through before multi-day trips was a 1 night stay at Smith Rock. Late April had surprise … hot sunny afternoon on day 1, cold night, and on day 2, snow and sleet morning, then clouds and … Read More

Willamette’s raptors and flowers
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Walking yesterday (Earth Day) along the Willamette River, raptors filled the sky, flowers opened their colors and the first baby geese left their nests. Reminder: click on pictures to open better resolution Why an idiot? As i was walking around … Read More

I’m an idiot
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On earth day yet — around Willamette today a 1x life time view of earth’s magic, … and I froze camera around neck … no picture. After heart rate near normal, the same.

Stone Lake Spring 22
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An April week in Indiana in 2022 surprised all of us there watching the incredibly unstable, changing weather. A full moon, sunrises, cold temperatures with snow, and birds living through it all … spectacular! Mornings Moonset Snow Birds Yes, that’s … Read More