Sister’s birthday sunrise

My sister’s birthday today so after telling her happy birthday and staying within a tight carbon burn constraint (<30 minutes total driving to / from), a different twist to Spencer Butte / Ridgeline was the order of the day. The … Read More

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Fav hummingbird pics added

A new camera page was added this morning …. ~20 pics of hummingbirds. Some of my favorites that clearly show different birds and kinds of hummingbirds Enjoy … https://www.goatbells.blog/camera/hummingbird-fav-pics/

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Planning with the weather

Planning a good day hike in late Fall in Oregon can be a challenge – especially when one’s calendar is not completely flexible, i.e., hiking on a specific day. That was my situation this week – I was going to … Read More

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Hiking in fog

A close-in hike in the November fog would have been hardly memorable or even something to post on (same hike I do regularly to keep carbon cost as low as possible – a 10 minute drive from home), but one … Read More

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Fav pics 2021 – the Cascades

Most, if not all, were taken while hiking / backpacking. Each view was spectacular from the hiker’s lens Clicking on pic will open 90% quality resolution – if you have good compute / graphics power, please do so.

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Fav pics 2021 – from the lake

In the process of pulling some of my favorite pics to print and display around the house, groupings naturally surfaced. While the ‘fav page’ is yet to be published, early looks at the groups will be posted here. The first … Read More

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Gear Test: silicone toe sleeves

Ok, i’ll admit it, I have serious feet / toes issues. I was blessed with genetic bias for bunions, hammer toes and corns (calluses). Those are usually enough to give serious hikers an issue. In addition, I have run (and … Read More

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Gear Test hike – friends

On a recent local gear test hike, the weather was mostly wet (but warm) and pictures were few. The gear test itself will be written up shortly as the gear now has >50miles of experience. Regardless, the day was slim … Read More

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Rainy Ridgeline Tr e2e 2up

I was going hiking come rain or not; it rained about 1/3 of the time, misted 1/3 of the time, and was foggy the balance. Obviously, the NIkon stayed home, so all pics are iPhone SE2 camera. The hike started … Read More

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Another Spencer sunrise

Breaks in the weather are not to be taken lightly in an Oregon winter. Another day with a possible clear sunrise, and my hiking boots were ready! I set off a bit earlier than the other hike this week. Today’s … Read More

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Spencer sunrise Jan 11

WIth very unstable air that turned cold to warm to cold and back to warm, I headed out to Spencer Butte, Fox Hollow trailhead for a good 15+mile ramble and importantly timed to catch the sunrise at the top. Driving … Read More

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