Redwoods: it’s the trees, baby!
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If one hikes in the redwoods, one gets a sore neck. Constant looking up and around at the fabulous, marvelous trees. The redwoods are remarkable. Most of the large trees older than 1000 years and so persistent, so completely filled … Read More

7 days rambling in Redwoods
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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

Upper Mckenzie River
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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

2 days rambling around Smith Rock
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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

Last pre-season gear shake-out
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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

Flowers between the rains
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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

Getting back in shape on Ridgeline Tr
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After spending a few weeks out of the woods, yesterday’s break in the rain opened a window to work out the kinks to get back in hiking shape. The east end of Ridgeline Tr (Spring Blvd to N. Willamette) was … Read More

Six Moons Design on solo hiking
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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
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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
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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