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Elkton Oregon: Wine Tastes Different Here

  Fall is here and, for me, it brings thoughts of wine tasting. Over the past 25 years or so, I feel like I've had a front row seat to the blossoming Oregon wine industry. With family and friends I've sampled wine in historic buildings in downtown Hood River, up dusty lanes lined with oak trees in Douglas County, amongst Christmas tree farms in the Willamette Valley, and overlooking the … [Read More...]

Fairview Creek Trail

When it gets hot in the valley, I know a lot of people head for the coast. Not us. Instead, we head to the mountains. On a hot summer day, I prefer to cool off by walking through the shade of towering fir trees near a babbling creek or eating a picnic lunch with my toes in a cool stream. We are not the only ones who head for the hills when the temperature rises, and some of the trails and … [Read More...]

From Lake to Ocean: Siltcoos Canoe Trail

We explored the Siltcoos Canoe Trail for the first time two years ago. It was such a memorable trip that I've been trying to get back there ever since. Twice we made plans for the trip, and twice they were cancelled at the last minute. Earlier this month, everything finally came together. The Siltcoos River is about three miles long, flowing from Siltcoos Lake to the Pacific Ocean. In 2014, … [Read More...]

Connecting the Present to the Past: History Here, Eugene

As traffic streams by along West 11th in Eugene, four brick workers from the J. Marsh Martin brickyard silently observe the bustle from their poster adhered to a metal utility box. Three feet wide by four-and-a-half feet tall, the poster is basically a large photograph with a brief description of the people and places within it. Taken in 1908, the photograph shows the men going about their daily … [Read More...]

Andrew Reasoner Wildlife Preserve

Traveling along Lorane Highway earlier this summer, the sign for the Andrew Reasoner Wildlife Preserve caught our eyes. After a quick Google search on our smart phones we realized we had just discovered another place to explore in Lane County. The Andrew Reasoner Wildlife Preserve protects almost 300 acres of oak savanna, through a conservation easement to the McKenzie River Trust. I love oak … [Read More...]

Stand By Me: 30th Anniversary

In June of 1985 a young film director trying to prove himself brought four unknown child actors and an entire film crew to Eugene. For seven weeks they stayed at the Hilton, first to give acting classes to the young actors, and then to film on location, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novella, “The Body.” A coming-of-age story set in 1959. Today, people know the movie as Stand By Me. It was a … [Read More...]

Cottage Grove

Brumbaugh Cemetery

Brumbaugh Cemetery is pretty much your typical, small cemetery set along a rural Oregon road. The land was donated by Samuel Brumbaugh, an early resident of the Walden area just east of Cottage Grove. … [Read More...]